Have you ever paused in the middle of reading a sentence and asked yourself, “Wait – is this right?” Occasionally, when reading, I’ll spot something that I think is a print error/mix-up/dropped word and wonder if it was intentional or an oversight. Now I do realize that typos exist and I certainly don’t fault authors/publishers for small mistakes (especially if it’s only a small mistake in a 400 page book), but I do wonder what to do when I see these things. Do I tell anyone? Or do I let it go?
Just to clarify, I don’t mean small mistakes that I read in ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies); since these books are not finished copies I don’t expect them to be error-free or even the final product. I’m talking about typos or mistakes found in finished copies that you can buy in stores.
I have never approached anyone with what I think is a mistake because, first of all, I’m not sure if it’s my place to point out. Yes, typos happen, but I’m sure someone else will have caught it without me bringing it up? Secondly, what if it was intentional or I read something wrong and there was no mistake? I think it would be so embarrassing to point out a “mistake” only to find out it wasn’t a mistake at all. Because of these two reasons, I’ve kept quiet every time I think I’ve spotted a mistake (which, to be fair, isn’t often). Catching what I think are mistakes have never ruined the reading experience for me, but as a perfectionist I feel like I would want to know about the mistake if I were an author.
What do you think? Have you caught any typos or mistakes when reading before? Have you ever told anyone about it? Is it even the readers’ place to bring attention it?