I don't know the answer to that, but the outsourcers do a great many books. There may just be too many books and not enough proofreaders for them all. Bookshare has to meet a goal stipulated by the grant they got, and it may be that they decided that there just wasn't enough time or resources to read all those books that need to be scanned to meet the number. Or, perhaps a better way of putting it would be that there was a cost/benefit decision made that the gain in quality by reading through each book wasn't an efficient use of resources if the scans were deemed to be good enough to qualify as excellent in most cases. All this is just speculation on my part, so it could be totally wrong. Evan ----- Original Message ----- From: solsticesinger To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, January 01, 2010 7:13 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Comments on Impulse by Ellen Hopkins So, if they don't read through their scans, why aren't they put up for other, more careful, proofers to take care of? ----- Original Message ----- From: EVAN REESE To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, January 01, 2010 3:36 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Comments on Impulse by Ellen Hopkins Nah, they don't read through their scans. I've mentioned here before that there was evidence to show that they didn't, and this just adds to it. Evan ----- Original Message ----- From: solsticesinger To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, January 01, 2010 3:58 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Comments on Impulse by Ellen Hopkins I just finished reading Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, which was added to the collection by an outsourcing group in Africa. This is one of the worst outsourced scans I've seen. In fact, I wonder if anyone bothered to proof it at all. The book switched point of view often, and there was no indication of this in the scan. Therefore, it was impossible to know which character was speaking at any given time. In fact, due to the lack of headers, it was impossible to determine how many narrators even existed. I saw several very common scanning errors that could have been fixed, if only the book had been read through. "hail" for "hall" is an example. I really looked forward to reading this book, but was sorely disappointed by the scan. It really does need to be redone, IMO.