I'll say this much: The book I'm currently proofreading had just a MONSTROUS number of OCR artifacts, considering that the pagescans look clean. I'm maybe halfway through, and it's only about 60k words.
Sometime after I first embarked on this somewhat demented quest to bring public domain pulp and genre fiction back into "print" in ebook editions that are reasonably proofread, I came across the advert posted below. It was in several issues of Picture-Play Magazine, a Hollywood promotional rag of the 1920s. I'm not even entirely sure why I was going through it. Research for something, possibly related to production of "race films" on the west coast. Or possibly something else.
Anyway, something about this ad nagged at me, and probably several things all at once. First of all, "Popular Copyrights" is just a terrible name for a line of books ("oooooh, I just love that copyright!" ), but knowing the initial purpose of Chelsea House (which I'll get to), it makes some sense in a 1920s sort of a way.
Then there was the fact that one of the authors (with only one book, oddly) was William Wallace Cook, who wrote the very interesting "how to write" guide The Fiction Factory (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47455 ) , which ...
So the other book I read a big chunk of on recent journeys was the first Star Wars Expanded Universe novel. I've never read any Expanded Universe books, not because I'm a snob about media tie-in fiction (plenty of writers I like and respect do them, and I know full well they put as much effort into them as into their own IP), but simply because at the time I was not looking for that kind of fiction at all. I was exploring Dostoevsky, for example.
However, it recently came to my attention that one of my favorite under-famous authors, K.W. Jeter, wrote the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, and I figured, well, the Star Wars Fandom is so rabid about Zahn's trilogy (and Zahn is definitely a good writer) that I should give it a shot before I explored any nooks or crannies of the EU.
It's going to sound like I was disappointed with it, and that's not really true. But what is true is that the most interesting parts of it for me were the parts that didn't quite work, or else showed me clearly that Zahn was struggling ...