Formatting Error Causes George R.R. Martin’s Name To Randomly Appear In "A Feast For Crows"
Is anyone reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series? I know that most of us are probably watching the TV series based on it, but if you’re reading the books then I want you to keep an eye out in the 4th ebook.
Apparently there’s a formatting error in one version of A Feast For Crows which seems to be randomly inserting the author’s name in the text:
This error was exposed last week by io9 commenter teshara, and some of the examples posted are really quite hilarious. I have a pretty good idea how this error happened, but before I explain it I want to share the rest of the screenshots:
I couldn’t find any similar reports, so I’m pretty sure this is not a common bug. I also haven’t found any ebook copy of this title that demonstrated this problem, but I think I know what went wrong.
It looks to me like this is either an example of a poor conversion from a PDF or it is the result of a bad scan job. The only times I have seen the author’s name and the book title inserted like this was when someone wasn’t careful when working from either a PDF copy or a scanned copy of a book.
You won’t find this all too often in an ebook produced from scratch, but if you scan the page of a paper book you will sometimes get a mass of text that includes the author/title header at the top of the page. And sometimes when an ebook formatter will be handed a PDF to work from that PDF has the same header as in the print edition.
Most ebook formatters know to filter out the page header, but clearly this ebook was handled by someone who missed this detail.
Normally I would only expect to see this on a pirated book, but I have seen this in a commercially produced ebook (though it has been 6 years since that happened). And I would not assume that this example is a pirated book; it’s entirely possible that someone sent their paper book to a book scanning service like 1DollarScan and got back a marginally quality ebook.
But who cares about that; this error is hilarious. Has anyone seen anything similar?