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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version - Incomplete, January 30, 2011
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This review is from: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: Apr 11, 2011 10:37:52 PM PDT
Ichigo says:
>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.

Thank you for the great review. I noticed the same thing in Kindle edition of Oxford dictionary...that came with the Kindle.
I was about to buy this product. But thanks to your review, I won't. It is a rip off...whoever typed Kindle edition thought it was ok to skip words and hope no one will notice??

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 1:38:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2011 5:44:32 PM PST
Chang says:
Thanks for the review, or I would have almost clicked the link to buy.

Should amazon enforce some kind of standard quality requirement before allowing any of those happen?

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 12:06:59 AM PST
Thanks for taking the time to review the kindle edition. I almost bought it until I read what you had to say about your experience. I thought it would be nice to have a good dictionary at my fingertips but, alas, it would not be so.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 9:33:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2012 9:34:25 AM PDT
Add me to the list of "thanks for the review, I would have bought, but now I won't".

Merriam's Dictionary on the Kindle? What a cool idea. An incomplete version sold in its place, without warning to buyers? Not so much.

Shame on Amazon for not doing a better job of separating out the comments for the Kindle version alone.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 5:45:11 PM PDT
Taylor Rand says:
Does it allow direct word lookups? That is, if I want a definition of "confabulation" will it go directly to the word or will its search function find every instance of the word in the definitions instead?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 1:24:48 PM PST
Thank your very much for your assessment. It spared me the trouble of purchasing it.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 1:53:53 PM PST
B. Ford says:
You can buy both the New Oxford American Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary as iPad (and iPhone) apps on the AppStore.

In my opinion, the apps are as good as book versions (and much better than Kindle versions.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 7:51:10 AM PST
Ron says:
Thanks. Saved me some money -- and frustration.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 7:59:37 AM PDT
Mary Stowell says:
Thank you--I was not aware of this. Mary

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 5:09:19 AM PDT
DT says:
Great info Guys, you just saved me $14.95. Hope they get it together soon, I sure could used a good, comprehensive dictionary!

Thanks!
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