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Would you still buy a book with a spelling mistake in the title?

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Author Topic: "History of Swildens Hole" - would you buy it?  (Read 7221 times)

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Re: "History of Swildens Hole" - would you buy it?
« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2008, 05:04:06 pm »
Standards at uni doesn't say anything about standards in the population as a whole. Bear in mind getting on for 50% of young people now  go to uni compared with ?3% 50 years ago, and that all post A-level institutions (polytechnics, teacher training colleges etc) are now classed as universities.

You are right of course, but the fact is that society in general (i.e. the government and taxpayer) now has a very low regard for academic excellence, and have compromised standards to get bums on seats and reach that iconic 50% target.


Agreed. (I wasn't disagreeing your assertion, just your choice of evidence)

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 Quite often I used to come across people who had good A-levels and reasonable degrees but who couldn't express themselves in writing, or work out a percentage.
 

Don't start me on percentages! "the risk is 120% lower than ...". What is that supposed to mean?

Not to mention the new usage: X "is four times higher" than Y - to me that means X is 5 times Y, ie 4times X on top of the original X.

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Re: "History of Swildens Hole" - would you buy it?
« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2008, 05:52:35 pm »
I wouldn't buy a reference book that was obviously poorly edited.

Any other type of book, well it depends. For Example the "Molesworth" books by G Willans...
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Re: "History of Swildens Hole" - would you buy it?
« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2008, 06:00:41 pm »
I think the option to change your vote probably only lasts as long as the normal option to edit your posts.
You're right, though this is the first time this problem has reared it's head. A vote is just another type of post, so the same restrictions are place upon it as there are on regular posts, i.e. only allowed to edit for 1/2 an hour.

This may seem crap, but really it's a good idea as discussion following a vote could become nonsensical if the vote changes considerably.

The best thing would be to start another topic with the correct voting options. I could turn off the permission entirely but then if you made a spelling mistake you would have no chance to correct it. Allowing a limited edit time is the lesser of two evils imho.

In response to the original question, I doubt i'd buy a book with such a spelling mistake, unless it was an obvious colloquialism.
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Re: "History of Swildens Hole" - would you buy it?
« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2008, 09:03:15 am »
Tricky question really, it would depend to a degree on whether it was a book that I had intended to buy, or if it was a book about a cave or something in which I was interested in. In these cases then I expect the spelling error would deter me, but not stop me from buying it. After all, it would probably still have some pretty pictures in it.

I would probably buy one for the ACG library with their money first so that I could get a good look at it and decide whether the rest of the book seemed ok.   :)

Overall though it does make you wonder about the accuracy of the content if the author didn't even make sure that he spelt the name of the cave correctly.
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