Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Typography in eBooks and the revenge of the Reader

Hopefully this kind of problem will cause the return of copy editors and all the other "quality" control mechanisms in book publishing.  There is only so much that software can do before you have to actually apply the subtle art of "care and attention" to the product. 

It highlights the fact that no two writers or readers use text or written language in the same way.  Publishers are accountable for the quality or lack that their products display.  They need to find where the artificial inteligence in the software can compliment their human staff rather than replace them.

AI is for the drudgery while human skill is for the subtle. 

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