Proofreading through the Years: From Rendered Favor to Outsourced Service

Posted on Mar 14, 2016


Proofreading, as a practice, has been around as early as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. There was no department to handle this distinct job in publishing houses; authors just used to send their manuscripts to their peers or hang them up in public squares for corrections and commentaries. However, when the printing industry grew with Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the movable type in the first half of the 1400s, they recognized that a systematic correction and proofing process was necessary. Publishers collaborated with educated men and scholars to read the proofs for them, and “it became the glory of the learned to be correctors of the press to eminent printers” (D’Israeli, 1824).

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Of course, time came when publishers needed more people to handle the proofs. The press was thriving, and the demand for proofreaders was rising. There were proofreaders in every printing office, and though their services were underrated, they were invaluable members of the industry.


This importance still holds true in the modern day. With the fast transfer of information and the need for quicker and more accessible service, the proofreading practice had to be enhanced. The invention and development of computers came with spell-checkers and style programs. Though these programs seem to replace actual proofreaders, they often overlook simple errors—as in punctuation and grammatical structures—thereby proving that mere reliance on them is not recommended.


This leads to the demand for proofreaders who are well trained, professional, and easily reached. As many writers nowadays prefer using their trusty PCs and Microsoft Word, their ideal proofreaders are those who are well versed in the use of the program and who are available 24/7. Additionally, the swift progress of technology gave birth to the Internet in the 1960s, and its historic rise was marked with the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. The Internet is a global hub of information, and it is also the most used platform for sending and receiving manuscripts in the publishing industry.



All these combined paved the way to outsourced proofreading service providers.


It is not uncommon for students, academics, and even professional writers to get help from agencies in proofreading their manuscripts. This is especially true for those who are not native English speakers. Sometimes, things get lost in translation, and that is something they want to avoid.


A large number of proofreading service providers are available online. Many of this type of outsourced service are based in the Philippines, in India, and in Eastern Europe. Though proofreading services cannot be availed at a premium price when work volume and time flexibility are unpredictable—such as in newspapers, where change is the norm and new demands arise every minute—it is not the case when the workload has consistent rather than erratic deadlines. Publishing houses for novels, for instance, allow for a reasonably predictable workflow, and the proofreaders are able to manage their own time. This makes for an easier evaluation of their work, and their service can be fairly priced.



However, writers do not just want the mere accessibility that online services provide. They also want it quick, especially when they have clear time goals in mind.


Answering the call for this requirement is 1-Hour Proofreading, an editing services provider that guarantees fast and efficient service without compromising the quality of the work. With its team of professional proofreaders, writers can rest assured that their work will be handled with extreme care and will be ready for publication in just one hour.


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