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Thread: Opinion about books

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    I purchased a new quilting book recently which showed a different twist on piecing common shapes. I was impressed enough while flipping through the book and its title to pay the full price for it.
    However, when I started really looking at it, I noticed the picture of one of the designs on the cover that contains glaring inaccuracies in piecing. Seams not matching and especially obvious since the colors were contrasting.
    Now, when I try to look at the contents my mind goes back to the cover and I say to myself - "if that is a sample of the workmanship of the sample maker and oversight by the editor of the book to not see the too obvious mistakes, can I trust the contents of the book."
    I am at the point of sending the book to the company with my complaints. It is a respected quilt book publishing company.
    How do you feel about this or am I being too sensitive and critical.

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    I would let them know your opinion, maybe it was published wrong with errors, let us know as books are expensive to buy and want good quality books with directions

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    Senior Member EllaBud's Avatar
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    I would send it back to them and tell them that paying full price for a respectable quilting book with errors is not acceptable and you want a full refund.

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    This seems very odd that any known book publishers or quilt designer would let this happen. I've seen many quilts that look like some seams are not matched but when up close it's the fabric blending into the other that makes it look that way. What is the title of the book?

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    A good few years ago I bought a book from a respected British publisher that specialised in craft books. The book had glaring mistakes in it, including a missing diagram, inaccurate patterns and mistakes in the text. I wrote to the publisher and included my drawing of the diagram that was missing, plus notes on all the mistakes. I asked for the job of proof reader, reasoning that if they already had one, then they weren't up to the job and I could do it better!

    You could have knocked me down with a feather when they replied that they didn't have a proof reader, and that they would be delighted if I would do the job. They offered a set amount for each book, and I took on the work.

    But I did have various problems with the company. Provided they sent me the roughly typed copy of a book, and I found mistakes, they would correct them. But if they were late sending me copy, in other words, if it was already typeset and almost ready to print, they rarely corrected them, reasoning that it was too expensive at that stage to do so. I used to get cross with this situation - I told them that I couldn't see the point of employing me if they were prepared to ignore my advice, and publish with mistakes that they knew about. In the end, I resigned from frustration. About 18 months later, the company was sold and they now trade under a different name.

    So yes, I would write to the publishers of your book and tell them about your concerns. If no one points these things out, they will never know, and it could be that the cover pics were chosen by an editor that doesn't necessarily have any knowledge of the craft involved.

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    Can't hurt to contact them, as was said prior, maybe they didn't notice the errors and this in the only way to get them corrected. Sadly if they don't know the subject they don't realize the mistakes :roll:

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