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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This review is not about the text itself, but the presentation done by Penguin and Bickford-Smith. As with each of her designs in this series it is beautiful. A timeless presentation of a literary classic.
Published on February 2, 2011 by Jarber3

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor linking makes this title unusable
The kindle version of this book has two flaws that make it completely unusable:

1: The table of contents is linked, but it only has a single entry for "Sonnets" so there is no way to go to a particular sonnet without simply scrubbing back and forth trying to hunt it down. Since there is lots of front- and back-matter, this is essentially impossible to do...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, February 2, 2011
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Jarber3 "Jarber" (Salt Lake City, UT USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is not about the text itself, but the presentation done by Penguin and Bickford-Smith. As with each of her designs in this series it is beautiful. A timeless presentation of a literary classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully bound voluem, January 14, 2013
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Another beautifully bound Penguin Classic. A hard-bound collection of Shakespeare's sonnets is mandatory for any library of classic literature. Please do yourself a favor and don't purchase this book for your stupid kindle. Purchase it for your shelf or coffee table. Purchase it for your family and friends to read and reread throughout the years.

Highly recommend this and any other Penguin Classic hardcover in this beautifully crafted series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor linking makes this title unusable, August 1, 2013
The kindle version of this book has two flaws that make it completely unusable:

1: The table of contents is linked, but it only has a single entry for "Sonnets" so there is no way to go to a particular sonnet without simply scrubbing back and forth trying to hunt it down. Since there is lots of front- and back-matter, this is essentially impossible to do.

2: Although there are many footnotes, none of them are linked, so they are unaccessible in any reasonable way.

I can't imagine one single person has ever bought this book and not regretted it. Thank you Amazon for the prompt refund, and shame on Penguin for caring so little. You're far better off with "The New Cambridge" version, which is properly linked and also very well annotated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gifts, actually., January 18, 2014
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Christmas gifts to my spouse, a 6th grade language arts teacher, and my son, a collegiate theatre major. The recipients loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wife Loved this book., January 13, 2013
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Adam M. Olsen (Spokane, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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My wife collects classic books and anything that is old. She mostly buys to read them but alot of the time she buys them just to decorate and add some old school look to our house. Great book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Disappointing, September 8, 2011
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Melinda Varian (Princeton, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
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Alas, Penguin has not chosen to make a useful version of this book for the Kindle. Navigation is very poorly set up. There is an active table of contents, but it does not list the individual sonnets, nor does it break the annotations section out by sonnet. Much worse is that there is no linkage between a sonnet and the annotations for that sonnet. It would have been very easy to set up such links (forwards and backwards); the result would have been a really useful book. Surely they realize that the typical user will want to consult the annotations for a sonnet when reading that sonnet. What a pity they've not done a better job!

Edited to Add: In the end, I returned this Kindle book. It was full of very bad scan errors. In some cases, I couldn't even figure out what the nonsense word was meant to be. In addition, the annotations section was formatted in such a way that one couldn't use the cursor to select a word to look up in the dictionary or a group of words to highlight.

What a pity Penguin takes so little care with its ebooks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, May 28, 2014
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This was brought as a gift for my daughter. She loves the classical style of literature, and what is more classical than William Shakespeare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, March 21, 2014
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I really love this clothbound penguin classic. It got in two days without any problem. If you like Shakespeare this is a great gift for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in love, July 1, 2013
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In these sonnets Shakespeare shows his awesome mastery of the English language and his deep and profound insight into the human conditions and matters of the heart. Reading his sonnets is absolutely breathtaking at times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this for the Kindle!, May 24, 2013
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The layout is terrible. How hard would it be to put one sonnet on each page? Some make it to one page, some are cut off in the middle, some at the end. It's a mess. A complete waste of money.
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