Thinking Out Loud

March 13, 2021

Love It, Hate It, But Don’t Quote It

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 1:05 pm

When Thinking Out Loud was at its height of popularity, I often found myself the recipient of review copies of books I hadn’t solicited. For the most part however, I requested advance copies or preview editions of books I would want to keep; and today my bookshelves contain a significant percents of what are called ARCs, or Advance Reader Copies.

The deal with ARCs — or any version of the book reviewers are sent — is that you are under no pressure to post a positive review. More recently, bloggers in the U.S. are required to post a statement saying that they received the book free in exchange for a review of any type.

So you can love the book. You can hate the book. You just can’t quote from the book if it’s an ARC.

Here’s why: These “uncorrected proofs” contain various types of spelling and grammatical errors which don’t make it into the final copy, plus there are other embarrassing things that happen such as the example below:

Do you see it? I won’t mention the book, but last week I got curious and wanted to verify that the correction was done… correctly.

Guess what? They almost fixed it!

Sloppy, sloppy editing. Peoples’ names matter. 

Oh, lest I forget, this is personal: My last name is Wilkinson.

1 Comment »

  1. I thought the name David Wilkerson rang a bell, confusing him with the author of the Coffee with Jesus comic strips. That’s David Wilkey. David Wilkerson is an American evangelist who passed in 2011 and clearly who this writer confused with Bruce Wilkinson.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — March 16, 2021 @ 7:54 pm


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