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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon: A Philosophical Lexicon (Translation/Transnation)
Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon: A Philosophical Lexicon (Translation/Transnation)
Price: $37.49

18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version Well-Constructed, May 22, 2014
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This is just a comment on the quality of the Kindle version. Often books like these, with foreign text and callout boxes, are put together shabbily - but this book displays well on both the PC Kindle reader and Android Kindle apps, and has a fully-functioning table-of-contents and index.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, Affordable Scale, March 20, 2014
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Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion
Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion

5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version is Just Fine, November 24, 2013
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The book is excellent, as the other reviews testify.

People have given the Kindle version low marks, but I've found it quite serviceable. The various parts of the book are in the contents, and each letter of the lexicon is a separate chapter, so one can move among letters by swiping up and down. To find a term, simply search for it, and use your judgment in selecting the appropriate result.

Usually I'd use this book by having it open on my phone or tablet, and referencing it while reading Shakespeare on my Kindle itself. This moots the issue of switching back and forth.


Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
Price: $7.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information on Editions for Kindle Users, November 24, 2013
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Kindle edition buyers, note!: to get a good Kindle version, you need to buy the "Naked Lunch: The Restored Text" published by Grove in 2007. If you buy another version, you'll get a low-quality scanned Topaz eBook, instead of a more modern azw3 format.


Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas
Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas
Price: $12.16

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2-star Kindle Version, October 19, 2013
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This is not a comment on the book itself, just the Kindle version: it's one of those scanned adaptations, that's harder to read (particularly on e-ink devices) and which disallows changing the font. Amazon should really note which books were converted using this clumsy method, so that customers would be aware before buying.


The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings
The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Unreadable Font in Kindle Edition, January 28, 2013
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This review doesn't refer to the writing itself, but rather the clumsy Kindle edition released for this product. The Kindle book seems to be constructed from a scan of the paper book, which has an ornate, faux-calligraphic font. This font, given the screen resolution of the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, is almost unreadable at a normal size.

Don't buy this Kindle edition.


Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings
Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition is Poorly Constructed, January 28, 2013
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This review doesn't refer to the writing itself, but rather the clumsy Kindle edition released for this product. The Kindle book seems to be constructed from a scan of the paper book, which has an ornate, faux-calligraphic font. This font, given the screen resolution of the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, is almost unreadable at a normal size.

Don't buy this Kindle edition.


Welcome to the Monkey House
Welcome to the Monkey House
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Price: $8.46

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Publisher's Kindle Version Does't Have OCR Errors, November 24, 2012
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I just want to note that there are two Kindle editions: the Rosetta OCR edition, selling for $2, and the publisher's edition, selling for $12.

The low-star reviews talking about a host of aggravating typos are referring to the OCR edition. If you don't mind spending the money to buy the publisher's edition, you'll get a Kindle book without those errors.


The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
Price: $4.99

389 of 471 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 50 Shades of Zombie Apocalypse Novels, November 18, 2012
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This is not the best zombie apocalypse novel ever written; rather, it's a disappointingly mediocre zombie book, even to the reviewer, for whom almost any tale of undead Armageddon is a treat. The reason I gave it two stars instead of one, is that it is, after all, about zombies, instead of a chamomile-quaffing dilettante contemplating his navel.

Okay, the reasons I didn't like it are:

1. Only in the first fifteen pages or so are the societal repercussions of the fall of the civilized world discussed at all, and then only superficially. The most interesting part of zombie apocalypse tales is seeing how the world's structures first collapse, and then slowly coalesce around the survivors as they rebuild and regroup to fight the hordes. World War Z is a good example of how this is fascinating. Apocalypse Z, on the other hand, is basically chapter after chapter of the first-person narrator dodging around corners and spear-gunning a few zombies as he flees from storeroom to shack to boat. If "zombie" were replaced by "angry gorilla" throughout the entire book, the author wouldn't much have to change the rest of the plot. The book is like the record of a first-person shooter videogame in novel form.

2. The writing is bad. Is it the original or the translation that is responsible for the badness? I don't know, but the end result for the English language reader is the same. Bad in the way the writing in 50 Shades of Gray is bad: clunky, obvious, hammy. Instead of "Crap! I can't believe I let my desire for Christian's playful strength make me lower my guard." we have (paraphrased) "Crap! I can't believe I let my desire for a bath make me forget that the solar panels I conveniently installed two weeks ago can't supply enough wattage!" And of course, the barely illegal girl who eventually enters the story has a lithe, feline frame and "perky breasts"--perfect for zombie fighting. The takeaway point is that the language and composition give every scene a trivial aspect. I'm not trying to be snobbish here: for a great zombie story that uses an easy, streetwise language, check out Junot Diaz's "Monstro" in the New Yorker.

I don't write too many reviews, but the combination of this book's high star rating (which tricked me into buying it) and the unusual level of displeasure I had reading it, made me want to submit this to provide a little balance.
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HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson
HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson
Price: $1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version is Just a Sample, July 25, 2012
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I'm sure the quality of the actual book is high, but the Kindle version ends after 30 pages or so, with a little statement, "The author was too lazy to convert the whole to an eBook, so go read the rest online at [...]."

That position is understandable, and having the book online for free is very nice, but given Amazon's dubious policy of grouping Kindle and print versions together, the author should not have published a Kindle version at all.


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