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  • Leather Bound
  • Publisher: Easton Press (2008)
  • ASIN: B001GJQQIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,771,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is great to be able to pick it up and just read and think about it for a few hours at a time.
Lori A. Candage
Without the Greek words (which are just labeled "(Greek)"), no serious reader can find this work complete.
IShouldBePainting
The illustrations look just fine on my Kindle, which sometimes makes a mess of color illustrations.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dolinsky on July 17, 2011
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This book contains introductory essays by Benjamin Jowett, the translator, to all of the Dialogues and a single general introduction to Plato. There are links to all these headings. The Dialogues are grouped in the conventional manner of early, middle and later with suspect authorship ones listed at the end. There a few colored illustrations too. You might want to check out the Sample first, to be sure this description still applies to this work, because sometimes, with multiple editions of works, different works and editions get combined in unexpected ways on Amazon, I've noticed.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Sean A.M. on December 20, 2011
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***UPDATE: Since writing this review I have been informed that a version of this book is available free; please review the comments section for details.***

***ORIGINAL REVIEW***

For $1.99 this is a pretty sweet deal for my Kindle Fire. These are basically all the Benjamin Jowett translations, so take that for what it's worth.

Unfortunately, the table of contents is a little odd; each dialogue has an introduction which comes before it, but the spacing makes access confusing.

Here's an example of how it appears:

Gorgias

Introduction.
Gorgias

At first-glance it appears that the introduction is the second grouping of words, but (notice the period placement) it's actually the first two words and the huge space; if you want to read "Gorgias," you have to touch the word "Gorgias" below (and closest-to) the word "Introduction." Adjustments to Line Spacing on the Kindle Fire make touching the appropriate words a little easier, but it also increases the space between the initial two words.

(This may also be an issue with the Kindle Fire and not with the publication itself; I have not tried to view this on other Kindles, but due to my knowledge of hypertext I am inclined to think that this is a problem within the file.)

Another issue I have is that this is the "Special Illustrated Edition," but I couldn't care less about the "Illustrations," which consist of 6 images (3 sculpture photos and 3 drawing/painting photos) before the Table of Contents; these images don't really add anything to the value of the book, in my opinion.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Reader VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
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Would have preferred a newer translation rather than the 'standard' Jowett edition.
I got this on a Kindle II--black-and-white only. But Jowett is standard for good reasons. The illustrations look just fine on my Kindle, which sometimes makes a mess of color illustrations. I have not read this completely (would anybody believe me if I said otherwise?) I did piece in it for about an hour. I did not notice any of the sloppy word patterns that show up in so many of the low priced Kindle conversions of classics. Nor did I try to use any search or index features. I use the classics on my Kindle to read for pleasure, to retreat from purposeful study or research and just soak up the treasures as I find them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NafroIV on March 18, 2012
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Difficult to follow. Essential greek words are not shown because the book does not show greek characters, showing instead "(Greek)". Especially in the Introductions, this leads to great confussion.
The works though are well translated and easy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
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There are newer translations, but Jowett is a standard and as good as any for my purposes. True, it would be nice to have Jowett's introductions as well as the text, as the lead reviewer notes, but for under $2 it's hard to complain. I ordered my copy delivered the Kindle app on my iPad, and the text is very clear and readable on that device, unlike with some bargain Kindle versions of classic works I've ordered in the past. It's not great, but it's a good value.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IShouldBePainting on April 6, 2013
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Without the Greek words (which are just labeled "(Greek)"), no serious reader can find this work complete. There are passages where one gets "(Greek)-- and (Greek)." It is not impossible to transliterate the Greek into English, which would be required for a //real// screen-readable version of this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Troutman on April 4, 2013
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i should have read this a long time ago. a lot of background into western philosophy and why we think the way we do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Stokes on April 21, 2013
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Who is this Plato guy? His writing is well done and hangs together well. Hopefully will hone his logic of he does that then he could form the basis for planetary philosophy.
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