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War & Peace gets the Nook treatment

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Mr Tolstoy is not amused.
(Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Ilya Efimovich Repin, 1887, public domain.)

One reader had a strange surprise after buying a digital copy of War and Peace from Barnes & Noble for his Nook. Philip, of the Ocracoke Island Journal, was a bit puzzled when he came across the following sentence:

It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern...

After some investigation, he discovered the original sentence:

It was as if a light had been kindled in a carved and painted lantern...

Ars Technica performed further investigation of its own, discovering eight instances where the word "kindle" had been replaced with the word "Nook". But, before you get all up in arms, there's probably a very simple explanation, such as one proffered by one of Ocracoke Island Journal's commenters:

This obviously wasn't done by Barnes & Noble, but by the publisher who submitted the book to Barnes & Noble. They created a Kindle version of this public domain book first, realized they used "Kindle" somewhere in their submission, and did a quick find-and-replace to change "Kindle" to "Nook" — never once thinking it would affect the book's text, [o]ther than just whatever they put in the title page.

Oops, indeed. But at least we don't have to worry about Barnes & Noble taking back copies of the book. You'll never live that one down, Amazon.


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