I have a feeling my response is going to cause some controversy...
First, let me assure you that I've "been there/done that" for YEARS with some clients. I have had to refuse to type in work because I am a vendor manager and I'd have to type in everyone's work. If the volume were there, I'd consider hiring a typist for $10/hr or something -- a fee that you and I here in the (more economically depressed) midwest could find.
That would be one route. If you hire out or do it yourself, POST A LIABILITY DISCLAIMER with every order. Easy to just cut and paste so you don't have to retype it every stinkin' time.
But here is the controversial idea: Have India type it for you. For literally PENNIES there are good, reliable companies in India who will basically do anything for a buck and do it for you OVER NIGHT because they're 16 hours ahead of us. The whole India thing -- with too many companies shipping the actual abstracting over there -- causes much beating of chests and rending of garments. If you can't beat them, join them! They can't search for you, but they CAN type for you! I read an excellent book (I think it's called The Four Hour Work Week) where the young man quickly discovered that having a personal secretary that he was paying pennies for, freed up his life considerably. He listed several established, reliable, jack-of-all-trades firms in India. Please think about it. Try it! See if it works. Let the overseas company have an order or two as a test run.
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