Consider this an opinion poll – so let me know your thoughts in the comments!
I just finished an audiobook that I REALLY didn’t enjoy, so I’ll confess that I scoured the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for inspiration for something nice to say about it.
I didn’t find anything to help me on that score…. pretty low ratings all round and even the good reviews seemed to just quote the synopsis or say things that I couldn’t agree with.
What I did find, however, was a lot of criticism that the book was more typo than actual story. For this reason, I’m glad I listened to the audio rather than reading the paper version as I probably wouldn’t have finished it otherwise (though this would have saved a good 7 hours of my life, so maybe not that glad).
What I’d like to know:
If you’re reading a published book, rather than a manuscript, and it’s full of typos and grammatical errors, do you include this in your review or even stop reading the book altogether?
The reason I ask is that someone in the Amazon review section wrote a 1 star review with a fairly reasonable argument, in my opinion. They weren’t being deliberately hurtful but stating facts, one of which being that the book was littered with errors.
Someone, and you have to wonder what their relationship is to the author, wrote a scathing reply to the reviewer along the lines of ‘only a petty reviewer would even mention typos’.
It was a bit meaner than that but that’s the thing I want to address- is it wrong to mention typos if it spoils your enjoyment of a book? Personally, I don’t think so – editing is an important part of publishing a novel, you have to be able to properly communicate the story you want to tell.
That said, I’m not too nitpicky about it. I’ll ignore a handful of typos, or let the author know they’re there if I feel it appropriate but I wouldn’t mention it in a review if it didn’t affect the reading experience.
What do you think?