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Monday, April 11, 2011

HYPHENATE, DAMN IT! Stop making ugh-lee books.


  • The increasing use of cellphones and VoIP is leading to the acceptance of telephone calls with noise that would not have been tolerated in 1950!
  • The increasing use of the Internet (where the appearance of a website is affected by the web browser and PC of the person viewing the site), and the increasing use of eBooks (where the appearance of a book page is controlled by the eBook formatter, the reading device, and the person who is reading) is leading to the acceptance of UGH-LEE printed books.
It doesn't have to be that way. There is no excuse for ugh-lee printed books. We should not have to read ugh-lee printed books.

I AM GETTING PARTICULARLY FED UP WITH PEOPLE WHO TRY TO TEACH PUBLISHING, BUT MAKE FUNDAMENTAL ERRORS IN THEIR OWN BOOKS.


The ugh-lee page above is from
301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Publishing
by Kevin Sivils. 

 
The ugh-lee paragraph above is from 
U-Publish 5.0
by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow

The lack of hyphens leads to unnecessary big spaces between words in "justified" text.

There are three reasons for not hyphenating words in a printed book:
  1. Ignorance
  2. Laziness
  3. Stupidity
A reason is not an excuse. There is no excuse for making an ugh-lee printed book. Ugh-lee books show contempt for the reader and should not be printed or tolerated.

Not every book can be beautiful, but no book should be ugh-lee.


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