Getting Closer!

Down To The Wire

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This is a screenshot from my iPad where I do my first round of proofreading before I start preparing the different file versions for an eBook.

BookProofer makes it really fast and easy to make corrections, and I find that reading through on the iPad helps me find html errors as well as typos and other issues. No matter how meticulous I think I’ve been, there are ALWAYS errors, and I usually say, more than once, “How did I miss THAT?”

This file isn’t (yet) customized for various devices, though it will be the baseline for the Apple version. Right now, I’m just finding file-specific errors. When that’s done, I’ll start viewing on many other devices and tweaking as much as possible.

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3 Responses to “Getting Closer!”

  1. Berinn says:

    I’ll check out the app. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • For people with a Mac and iThings, BookProofer is an amazing (free) tool.

      All I have to do is connect my iThing to my Mac, open up iBooks, drag my ePub to BookProofer, and presto! It opens up in my library. Any edits I make to the ePub are reflected in an immediate refresh of the book.

      Although it’s meant to proof books for Apple, it’s a super easy tool for catching typos and boneheaded coding errors. Testing is not done after this, since there are plenty of other devices with quirks, but this one is really easy to use.

      I love it to death.

  2. ooh, great tip! Hey, let me know if you need a looksee on a Sony!!