Adding to your comment, aliceshortcake: a poorly-edited book is likely to have problems with its storyline, not just with its spelling and punctuation. And that's definitely going to put people off.
I had to stop reading a book because I found OVER 60 ERRORS in the first 100 pages. I didn't set out to find them; they were that glaring. Inconsistencies in formatting (a title was "in quotes" then later in italics then "in quotes"; punctuation didn't match; line spacing; etc.) killed the entire book for me. I really, really wanted to like it because I liked the premise but that many errors just put me off it completely.I don't understand this at all. If I buy a book I expect it to have been edited to a professional standard - however good the story may be I can't enjoy it if I have to overlook wrongly used words, incorrect spelling or wonky punctuation. And if a book is very poorly edited I'll avoid both the author and the publisher in future.
I have all of my rights back, so that was a very smooth transition. Now I simply have to wait for all distributors to remove my book before querying. You can't buy Kindle on Amazon anymore, and you can't buy anything from Smashwords. However, the print is still on Amazon, both e-book and print are on B&N, and e-book is still on Kobo, so I have to simply wait and prod my publisher about it. Last-day sales were on the last day of January, but I wanted to opt out as soon as possible to get this journey started.
So I'm looking forward to you guys helping me out with it!
Take it from my own experience. Amazon will never remove the print copy. Like you, I had a previous publisher and that relationship ended with me getting my full rights returned. Amazon's position is that the old version must stay up because of returns. They may also have a copy or two unsold. That's life.
Barnes & Noble require an actual email from you requesting the old copies to be removed. Simple to do. Don't rely on an out-of-business publisher to do it. More than likely, that individual just wants top put everything out of sight and mind.
KOBO will eventually remove it. They're just slow. I don't know why.
Good luck on your re-start!