- File Size: 1819 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ars Technica (July 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005DHYPR4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica Review Kindle Edition
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But something HORRIBLE happened to Ars Technica a few years ago: they were bought, and not by a company that "got the internet", but by that bastion of early 20th century pulp they continue to pump out: Conde Nast Publications. Articles which were a page long got stretched out over three or more pages; John Siracusa's normally 5-7 page reviews became 30+ pages - all to drive a few additional ad hits. So many people came to read John's reviews - still the gold standard of actually unbiased reporting on Mac OS - though, they decided to monetize it by creating this Kindle ebook. But naturally, Conde Nast, still stuck in 1911, rushed it, so this book features:
-At least four different fonts that all sort of look alike but aren't.
-Six font sizes for no reason at all with no consistency at all.
-A fraction of the pictures that the review on Ars includes
-No attempt to edit the content so that when John writes "see the icon on the right", there is no icon on the right or elsewhere.
-No table of contents.Read more ›
All that being said, after buying this Kindle version of the review, I am going back and reading it on the [...] website instead. The review was obviously formatted for the website, with movies, links, mouseover graphics, present and sized appropriately on the website. The translation to the Kindle version is awkward at best. The content is all there, except for the movies, but the formatting is honestly a mess. Page breaks split images from their discussion, or two related images from each other, and the sizing on the images seems somewhat random. There seem to be strange font size or spacing changes on many pages.
I'm happy to support Siracusa's work and Ars Technica with an inexpensive purchase like this, but in retrospect I think the money would have been better spent on a subscription to their website, which will also let you download versions of the review for offline reading, if desired. My review is 5 stars for the content, 3 stars for the Kindle delivery, averaged to 4 overall.
Save your money and subscribe to Ars Premier instead [...]. You can get PDF, ePub and Mobi formatted documents which work on every other eReader.
My only regret is that John doesn't have a PayPal account set up where I could send $100 directly to him instead of the $5 to Ars. Good on you John, can't wait until the OSX 10.8... (or OS XI?) Review!
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This book is about the same as the brief manual that comes with a new mac. There is usually less than a page on any topic and most of the info is more like an advertisement than... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by R. Foss
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I had the same concerns, then I discovered I could download a free sample from the link on the right of the product page. I haven't taken the leap and bought the full thing yet--waiting for others to give some more detailed feedback.
Jul 20, 2011 by Brian S. | See all 4 posts