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Ebook proof checking

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:44 am
by Righton4
Hi all,

I'll be getting my ebook proof from my ebook publisher shortly and had a question.

Does anyone know of anyone software available (free or for purchase) that allows you to take your original manuscript (pdf or doc file) and compare it to the ebook proof that will be sent to me?

In essence a program that reads both files at the same time noting any differences between the original and the ebook proof and then highlighting them somehow, possibly like trackchanges in MS Word.

Thanks.
Mike

Re: Ebook proof checking

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:21 am
by TerryRodgers
I would think that your editor would use word tracking. Editors don't just make changes without telling you what they changed. If they do, they aren't doing their job properly. Now if they did make changes, they should send you the word document back. Word has a compare feature.

Re: Ebook proof checking

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:06 pm
by Righton4
I wasn't clear in explaining my situation.
What I'm being sent is an ebook conversion file and I'm looking for a way to compare the my ebook in pdf form to the conversion file I'm being sent.

Sorry for the lack of specificity.
Any ideas on any software to do that.

xo

Re: Ebook proof checking

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:44 am
by TerryRodgers
Are you looking at just the format, or actual line edits? I'm not sure of any program that will do this. Is this a mobi file? Maybe someone else here can let you know what the normal format is when the publisher is producing just an ebook. In book form, they would send you galleys. If it's just to look over the format, can't you throw the novel on a reader and go through it page by page?

There is a program out there called Calibre. Not sure if that will help.

Re: Ebook proof checking

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:42 pm
by Righton4
Thanks Terry,

It looks like I'll end up doing the edit off the epub file on my ereader.
What I'm asking for may not exist yet and anyway, as my proofreader/copyeditor friend appropriately reminded me, I'm looking for software that will assist in eventually putting proofreaders out of work. LOL

Terry, thanks for your imput, much appreciated.