The Namesake Mistake

As someone who is responsible for creating and sending final files of books to printers, the following news (brought to my attention by Maud Newton) sounds like one of my worst nightmares:

In India, the wrong file of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake went to press. The writer’s debut novel was littered with typographical errors when it appeared in bookstores. An employee in Britain gets the blame for the file mix-up. (Via Moorish Girl.)

The print run for the incorrect file was 6,000 copies.