When I cruise around the complaints in reviews of Amazon Kindle ebooks (books which have no physical book equivalent) the most amazing recurring complaint is bad spelling. Why amazing? It is such an easily avoidable problem. Spell checkers are ubiquitous. The Mozilla Seamonkey browser I'm typing this post in is complaining to me with jagged red underlines as I make spelling mistakes. Granted I do not always notice those red lines when trying to finish up a post so I can go to sleep. But I'm not writing a book and not trying to charge for what I'm doing. But book authors do hope to get people to spend money and then recommend the book to others.
As the reviews of amateur books make clear the spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes are distracting and irritating. Yet cheap automated text checking software (see below) makes most of these mistakes are easy to avoid. What is going on in the minds of amateur writers? Why do so many amateurs publish books with atrocious spelling (and grammar) get published? Are Kindle book writers just using Microsoft Notepad or Wordpad to write their books? Just what are they using that does not have a built-in spell checker? Or are they ignoring the spelling error indicators?
Google Docs and Microsoft Word both have continuous spell checking. Google Docs is free. Hey eBook authors: free!
Next comes grammar. Microsoft Word has a grammar checker built in too. But say you do not want to spend that much money. Okay, try a web search on automatic grammar checker. Lots to choose from and some of them are free. So why not use one?
I just tried out spellcheckplus.com correctly complains for "Were" instead of "Where" and "There" instead of "Their". It did not complain about "righting" instead of "writing".
Time to test a few online grammar checkers. How do they stack up0? Does it notice if I use the wrong verb to describe what I am doing? Time to take a trip. Were are we going? Okay, we are moving across the country and see a car stopped. There car is stuck in the mud. We met a woman coming back from a competition. She won the righting contest as judged by book authors.
Check out this review of online grammar checkers. The review compares Grammarly, WhiteSmoke, CorrectEnglish Complete, SpellCheckPlus Pro, and Ginger. If you are going to spend months writing a book then buy a few spelling, punctuation, and grammar checkers. Run your book thru them. Otherwise you run the risk of getting savaged in the reviews of online book stores for really easily avoidable reasons.
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