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Buy the real book, not the ebook,
This review is from: Thinking, Fast and Slow (Kindle Edition)
The kindle version of this excellent book is disappointing. Several features of the book are confusing in the ebook because the formatting is so poor. Tables with two columns run together because they are not boxed and the columns are only separated by one space. There are questions at the end of each chapter whose purpose is unclear until you see them in the real book, where they are set off in a box with a different type face. Most disappointing is the handling of the footnotes - they are relegated to the back of the book with no page number reference. There is few word phrase in the notes that corresponds to the place in the text to which the note refers, but it is up to the reader to scan the chapter to find the reference. The book reads like a mechanical translation of the physical book into a new format, with no effort taken to edit and format appropriately. So the reader loses. With the price of the ebook almost as much as the real book, you will be happier if you buy the real thing.
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2011 8:16:57 PM PST
Thank you for the e-book review. I notice there are confusing formats in other e-books that I have loaded.
Posted on Nov 25, 2011 6:13:38 PM PST
Yogi Bear says:
Thank you very much. I was about to buy the kindle version.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 2:01:35 AM PST
The Honest Conn Man says:
Add me to that thank you for the same reason. I'll order the printed version now. Glad I found your review.
Posted on Nov 30, 2011 1:00:41 PM PST
B. Tipling says:
Poor formatting is the bane the kindle and all e-books. I can't wait for the day when e-books are considered first, and the printed version second.
Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:58:20 PM PST
Joanne Shortell says:
Add to that the fact that the kindle version is overpriced (12.99, <$4 difference between it and much more expensive to produce and handle HARDCOVER) and it makes you want to throttle the publisher.
Posted on Dec 1, 2011 6:50:55 PM PST
J Mack says:
I am at a loss to understand why these e-book fanatics insist on believing that the rating of the book should be based on their ability to make their particular piece of hardware function properly and not on the CONTENT of the book. Save this review for your e-book reader, not the book!
Posted on Dec 2, 2011 9:02:37 AM PST
Jeff Williams says:
The FORMAT of the book has nothing to do with the CONTENT of the book. When are you people going to learn that! People trying to determine if the book is worth READING are being swayed by people who are complaining about the price or the format. This would be like going to a movie and giving a great movie a bad review because the theater was dirty.
Posted on Dec 2, 2011 9:04:04 AM PST
Jeff Williams says:
Is it fair to the author Daniel Kahneman that you are giving his book ONE STAR, considering he has nothing to do with the format/price whatever?
"With the price of the ebook almost as much as the real book, you will be happier if you buy the real thing."
Would you care to then give a review of the REAL THING????!!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 6:25:07 AM PST
Daune Robinson says:
Read the review again. He recommends buying it - just not in e-format. This review was very helpful, and would not have been noticed if it had been just one among a group of glowing reviews. So, for those of us who buy most of our books for e-readers, this was an excellent way to reach us and warn us. Chill.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 11:25:36 AM PST
I think at this point it's fair to review both the content of the book and the formatting of the kindle e-book. First, the format of a book does affect the content. If we were talking about a hardback, and all of the tables were formatted incorrectly, that would be a legitimate criticism for an Amazon review. In fact, I've seen that before. Secondly, there is no other place to let readers know about a poorly-formatted Kindle book. Since Amazon holds exclusive rights to selling this particular version of e-book, it would seem that their review site is the appropriate place to evaluate the formatting.