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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012 3:24:07 PM PST
C. Ross says:
It would be very helpful in Amazon included in their description a note about which books are fine on a Kindle and which should really be paper. I have found that technical and science books that require looking at a diagram while reading are very difficult to follow on the Kindle. I buy most of my books on Kindle but have had to go back and buy some in a paper version. So a "hint" like "this book has a lot of illustrations" or " this book is best in a paper version" would be helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:27:37 PM PST
Dittie says:
Do you really think a reseller is in a better position to make that call than you are? You have seven days to return an e-book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:27:39 PM PST
You can always look at samples of the ebook prior to purchase.

Amazon is the reseller. It would be impractical and economically unfeasible for them to review all 1.5 million ebooks they offer. Such a cost would have to be passed on to consumers.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 3:29:36 PM PST
Dittie says:
Plus, there are some e-books that are only supported on some devices, but not all. There are too many "readers" who think that doesn't apply to them until after purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:32:45 PM PST
If you want to be certain that someone from Amazon hears your feedback, please send an email to or if you have a Fire - we are mainly Kindle owners here, not from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:34:02 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
How can you expect that?? I am sure some people think those books are just fine and some don't. That is why there is a 7 day return policy. It stands to reason if there are a lot of graphics in the book an e-ink screen probably would not be the best.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 3:45:17 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
Most of those with colored photos and graphics are great on the iPad and likely on the Fire HD as well. I pretty much know before I buy where a book will be best. Cookbooks are all on the iPad but I do know people who use them on the e-ink Kindles and find that satisfactory.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 12:34:01 AM PST
C. Ross - And how much extra are you willing to pay for books which have been so reviewed...or do you feel the reviewers should work for free?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 3:13:16 AM PST
Wouldn't you kind of know by what you were buying? Grey's Anatomy isn't going to look good on a Kindle. Wouldn't YOU as the one choosing the book know whether you're choosing it for the illustrations? I'm not sure I want Amazon deciding that.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 5:40:58 AM PST
Also, keep in mind that when you by a kindle book Amazon allows you to return it for refund within 7 days. So, all you need to do is open the book on your kindle and check it out. If you don't like it, send it back.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 5:44:26 AM PST
dawnsong says:
The Kindle version is not limited to an eInk reader! There are many other options for reading a book with charts, illustrations, and photos. Install a free Kindle App for PC, Mac, or tablet and read there:

It would be the *publisher's* responsibility to list recommended reading devices in the product description. I recommend addressing your complaint to the *publisher*.

If you are not happy with an Amazon ebook purchase, then you can return it for a refund *within the first week* of purchase. You can do that from the "Manage Your Kindle" link near the top of this page. Find the title in the "Your Kindle Library" page, select "Actions" from the far right, then select "Return For Refund".

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 5:46:58 AM PST
Norwenna says:
Photos and illustrations are better on my kindle for Mac, but charts are still just as unreadable without a magnifying glass. It could be because I have a MacBook Air though (a very small computer, around 11 inch screen). I don't know what it would be like on a large computer screen.
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