Mar 25

Kindle Quality Notice, eh?

Happy Monday morning to me – here’s the first thing I see in my Inbox:


We’re writing to let you know that at least one of your readers has reported some problems within your book, Gabriel’s Journey (Evan Gabriel Series).

There are typos in your book. You can find examples of this error at the following location(s): Kindle Location: 447 / Error Description: “discrete.” should be “discreet.”

Be sure to check out the Typos section of the Guide to Kindle Content Quality Errors page by clicking the link at the end of this message.

For further information regarding these above reported issues with your book, please see the Guide to Kindle Content Quality Errors.

Yep, caught me. I did miss a discrete versus discreet (and thank you no, I don’t need a grammar lesson – it just got missed).

And while I could be all  like, “what?” and “who?”, I’m more like, “cool, there’s some quality control out there.” But then I’m all like, “but what about some of the unreadable jibbererish out there masquerading as novels?” But then I’m all like, “cool, they’ll get found and corrected too.” So then I’m all like, “chill.”

And Monday carries on…


P.S. Through the magic of ebooks and the 21st century, the error was corrected and re-uploaded in less time than it takes to down a mug o’ joe.


About the author

Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.


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  1. Mike

    What kinda surprises me is all those other readers, including myself, blew right past that error, and then this one nit-picking reader comes along. And turns in a report. On one word.

    Maybe surprise is the wrong word. But then, this is a public space.

    I need some of your ‘chill’, Steve.


    1. Steve Umstead

      Nah, mo worries – I know my stuff is clean. An incorrect word substitution is minor compared to some of the other stuff I’ve seen out there. I guess I should be flattered that so-and-so reader took the time to point out one error because it stood out so much from the clean book. Or so I’ll tell myself…


  2. Dan

    It’s amazing what little things folks will find and point out, yet completely pass over in other circumstances.

  3. Nancy

    Typos and misspelled words pop out at me too ! However, the value of someone’s hard work and effort is certainly deserves to be admired, cherished and respected. Some people have to criticize many things because in doing so somehow it can make the critic feel better (or important) to put something or someone down. This can be a sign of insecurity, unresolved bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment or anger. Or it could be they just noticed a typo and mentioned it. :). Keep up the great work.

    1. Steve Umstead

      My guess is a fellow author out to bring me DOWN. Well, not really…


  4. Howard Malpas

    Boy if I had a pound for every mistake I made? The point I try to put forward is that the story is what we need, a good story I can forgive the errors, which we all make, hence proof readers would not be needed. (In may case that’s my dear wife). Come on as long as the yarn is a good one and you can read it who cares. No one is perfect and neither are computers which can cause some real problems. Typo’s happen, so don’t worry, life is too short. Keep up the good work.

    1. Steve Umstead

      Thanks, much appreciated.


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