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382 of 399 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I recently purchased an I-pad hoping that it would save me some money on college textbooks. It was with great excitement that I downloaded the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (Kindle Edition). Not only was it less expensive, it seemed ideal in the sense that I could search it using keywords and not by flipping pages. I am taking an editing course and my very first assignment proved to me that I should have purchased the actual text version, as the vast majority of the words I looked up, were nowhere to be found on this version. My instructor's print version contained acronyms and a variety of other words that I simply could not find anywhere on the Kindle version. I felt like an idiot. And these were just the first few words I was required to look up in the very first paragraph. A quick online search brought these words up immediately in the online MW free dictionary. But, I paid for this dictionary and it's supposedly the same version as the print, yet it's incomplete. Save your money and the hassle of having to buy both versions (what I ended up doing after the Kindle version failed to bring any words that I needed to look-up up) and just get it in print. The Kindle version will NOT have the same entries, nor even the entire dictionary including appendixes, keys, legends and reference material.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I bought this version of Webster for three reasons: (1) I love my last dozen hard copies since college in 1977; and (2) this one claimed it was compatible with Kindle DX; and (3) because I am an idiot. I wanted an e-dictionary for my Kindle DX that was not only compatible with my Kindle DX but also had "text-to-speech" capacity so that I could actually hear the pronunciation of the word just as one can do on Dictionary.Com. I could find no such dictionary, so I settled for this Webster e-Dictionary.

Big BIG mistake, it is little better than the free default Oxford dictionary that comes with a Kindle, but WORSE, its pronunciation lacked the stress mark over the syllable to be stressed when spoken, much less tildes or umlauts or schwas. RIP OFF. Wait for a true text-to-speech dictionary with full pronunciation (that is also Kindle compatible) rather than buy this piece of mierde.

If anyone out there knows of such, I would be greatly appreciative to be apprised of the source.

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving,
Seth
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This product is USELESS on Kindle for PC as it is. No way to search for a word. No index.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
In Kindle Fire, there is no search function that allows you to search for a single word and its definition. The only search is the Fire built-in one that looks for the word in every place it appears in the book. Search for "liquid" took 4 mins 37 second and returned 134 instances of the word. Amazon confirmed there is no search feature for kindle fire only the e-ink family. They also confirmed that there is no dictionary available for Fire that has this feature.

I asked for and received a refund.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this dictionary as the Kindle version when it was on sale this week. My two older paperback dictionaries are 12 and 16 years old and I wanted to get an updated version for all of the new scientific terms, new words and slang. I use a Kindle Fire and an iPad every day and I thought that this would be a great tool and be fast and easy to use electronically. Boy was I ever wrong!

This dictionary was virtually useless in its electronic format. I had extreme difficulty looking up words on a Kindle Fire and on an iPad. On the Kindle Fire I was looking up the word liquid to test a review of another person to see if I could quickly find it. When I typed in liquid the Kindle Fire began looking up everywhere in the dictionary the word liquid appeared. After 3 ½ minutes I shut it off. There is no search engine in the Kindle Fire for this dictionary. There is no index and there are no alphabetical tabs. To find a word you have to scroll through 1664 pages to find the word.

On the iPad I could type in a word and find it using search. That of course assumes you can spell the word correctly. There is absolutely no look up features at all in this dictionary. Look up the word hemorrhagic by typing hemorr... and nothing pops up. The free dictionary app that you can get online pops up all the words starting with hemorr... and lets you scroll down to find the word you are looking for. This one expects you to spell out the entire word perfectly or you will find no definition.

What good is a dictionary that you can see one page at a time and in many cases only the definition of one word or less at a time per screen? If you are looking for a good dictionary for your electronic tablets then keep on looking as this is not the one you want!

I spoke to Amazon and politely requested a refund on the same day of my purchase and they granted it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I purchased this item thinking I was also getting a CD-ROM and an online subscription. The image shown indicates this and so does the title of the item (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition thumb-notched with Win/Mac CD-ROM and Online Subscription). However, no CD-ROM was included with the item and the registration code was invalid for the "Free Digital Download".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
the type was so small, that you can't even read it without a magnifying glass. I wont' be able to use it and I'm not THAT old.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The Kindle edition of this dictionary is useless. There is no good way to navigate to a word you want to look up. "Go To" only lists cryptic numbered bookmarks (over 1.5 million of them!) and you can't go directly to an alphabetic section. Using Search to find a specific words can take many tens of minutes. Skip the Kindle Edition and buy the real book instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The description said that the dictionary included a cd with a one-year subscription to the on-line dictionary, the on-line thesaurus & an on-line Spanish-English dictionary. This is simply not true.
I brought this issue to Amazon's attention. Last year I purchased a Webster Dictionary from Amazon with the full set of info. Apparently, this dictionary is a newer edition, but Amazon used the old dictionary description for this edition & the new edition does not contain the full set of info. At first we thought it was a shipping problem, but after receiving three incomplete orders from three different vendors on Amazon, Amazon realized their error. Since the dictionary code for the new edition dictionary is the same regardless of vendor, the escription is incorrect for all vendors. Hopefully this issue has been corrected, but it was too late for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have the Kindle App for my HP Touchpad. I purchased and downloaded this dictionary. When I initially opened the dictionary I thought my device had "frozen". Now I believe it took so long to load that it only appeared that way.

It is unusable. Each page loads one-at-a-time and very slowly. The A-Z index does not work and, if I search for a word, it takes so long that I've never managed to complete it.

I think this might be great for a Kindle, but think carefully before purchasing it for other devices with Kindle "apps".

I will check to see if I can get a refund.
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