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13 April 2008 @ 08:54 pm
Run-On Paragraphs Aren't New...  
I've been putting various texts from Project Gutenberg on my Wing storage card to have reading material at hand, and ran into something odd. Is it just this edition, or is the text of Gulliver's Travels from the beginning of the first voyage all the way through the initial encounter with the Lilliputians supposed to be one humongous paragraph?
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Jonosebeepbear on April 14th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Hrm. Sounds like someone didn't add line breaks where they need to be, but it's possible.

If this was something done under the old system, it might be in the "not really finished but good enough to post" stage (things often stay in that stage for years, until someone decides to go through it again).
Steve Brinich: Heidi OwlCat Glarestevemb on April 14th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I looked in a couple of editions using Amazon's "Search Inside" function, and apparently it really is a multi-page paragraph.
madfilkentist: Booksmadfilkentist on April 14th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I've encountered some German texts, like Kafka's Der Process (The Trial), with paragraphs that go on for pages.
Jonosebeepbear on April 14th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Just checked; yup, it's edition 10, which is the stage I described. Eventually someone will do something about that. Someone might be me since you mentioned it :). I'm not sure what the procedure on that is anymore, but I can find out.
Jonosebeepbear on April 14th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'm seeing one big paragraph that's about 6 screens worth, but everything else looks normal, and it sounds like you're talking about more text than that. Is there an e-text number? Maybe we're looking at different things.
Steve Brinich: Citation Needed (XKCD)stevemb on April 14th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Do you mean this EBook number?

Release Date: February, 1997 [EBook #829]
[This file was first posted on February 20, 1997]
[Most recently updated: May 29, 2002]