You may or may not have seen my post at Punctuality Rules Tuesday, about a book I recently bought that had the actual TITLE misspelled on the spine of the book. A glaring typographical error that really (really!) should have been caught. So, using that as a springboard, today’s question: What’s the worst typographical error you’ve ever found in (or on) a book?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Although I don't recall seeing any major typographical error in (or on) books (at least nothing like having the title misspelled), but I did come across some minor errors like misspelled or a repeating of a word which I don't think will affect my reading pleasure. I think I can cope with that since I understand that human makes mistakes, unless there are a few mistakes made in various chapters of the book which I think is really unbelievable.
16 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    Normally typographical error does not bother me unless it repeately done through out the whole books.

    But yes, people make mistake :)

  2. Melody Says:

    I agree, Julia. :)

  3. Marg Says:

    Mistakes jar me when I am reading a book, but not enough to be able to remember them to do this question!

  4. Debi Says:

    A typo now and then doesn't bother me nearly as much as factual errors. I don't think I could come up with a single example of any typos so glaring that I actually remember them.

  5. It does not bother me as long atit is not in the text books I teach from. That BOTHERS me.

    Happy BTT!

  6. Typographical mistakes mostly bother me when they interfere with reading comprehension---and oh boy can they, in some instances!

  7. Kathy Says:

    Good morning, Melody (it's morning here anyway!)!
    I've come across a few typo errors through the years, but nothing so grosteque that I didn't finish the book. But the thought that usually goes through my mind when I come across an error is: what a horrible editor!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. bookinhand Says:

    I'm with you... I don't remember any that were so glaring that I could be that specific, but they do occassionally interfere with my reading (especially if the error is a name in the story). I always wondered why I catch the errors and not the editor before the book was printed. Diane

  9. pussreboots Says:

    I will notice the mistakes but I agree that people do make mistakes. Happy BTT.

  10. --Deb Says:

    My sister's favorite example? A "Golden Book" she'd gotten for my niece when she was little, about Poky the Puppy (or something like that). The first sentence of the book? It started "Oky the puppy...."

  11. Melody Says:

    Hi Marg! Usually I forgot about those typos unless they mixed up with the characters' names!

    Hi Debi! Yeah, I agree factual errors are bad!

    Hey Alice! Glad we shared the same thoughts.

    Hi Gautami! I agree that the editors should put in much more efforts in editing school textbooks to ensure the students to learn correctly.

    Hi Heather! Oh yes, I definitely gree with you on that!

    Hey Kathy!!! I hope you have a great day today! I think being a writer is tough, but being a good editor is tougher! LOL.

    Hi Diane! I think editors must have seen a dozens of manuscripts a day that they will bound to skip one or a few mistakes, hehe... I know I will get crossed eyes if I do that, LOL.

    Hi Pussreboots! I do understand if the mistakes are nothing major.

    Hi Deb! Now that you mentioned it, now I do recall about a book I read recently about a character whose name is Ella and yet it was printed Emma.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead. :)

  12. First, I thought you should know that a package was sitting in my mailbox today, and I was very pleased to find it was a copy of The Dollmaker. Thank you so much, Melody!

    On to today's topic . . . I find that I notice mistakes less when I am really enjoying a book, but when I am not, I find them annoying.

  13. Melody Says:

    Hey Wendy! You are welcome. I'm glad you received the book. :) I hope you will enjoy reading it. Can't wait to read your review...

    And I like your answer to this week's question. ;)

  14. Alice Says:

    Oh Melody... I'm still waiting for mine to arrive... It's been Hari Raya here and still in the festive mood so I reckon that probably is the cause of delay. I'm waiting patiently. LOL.

  15. Melody Says:

    LOL. I hope you will receive it soon, Alice!

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