A version of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” went on sale recently for the Nook, the e-reader supported by Barnes & Noble. The version was formatted from a copy of the work from the Gutenberg Press. The company that sold the Nook version, Superior Formatting Publishing, makes money by taking books that are out of copyright because they are in the public domain, formatting them for e-readers and charging buyers 99 cents.

But in formatting “War and Peace,” the company executed a universal “find-replace” function on the word “Kindle” and its variants, which appear at least eight times in the tome, changing them all to “Nook,” and its variants. The result was mellifluous Tolstoy sentences such as, “It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern.”

The company hasn’t explained what happened and didn’t respond to an e-mail requesting comment…

Kindle – er, Nook – your love of Tolstoy, Newsday, 6/10/2012

Philip Howard,  on Ocracoke Island Journal, was the blogger who found it…

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Kindle that…or not…

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