2,334 of 2,594 people found the following review helpful
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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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 9:37:48 PM PDT
> To add insult to injury, the Kindle price is now almost 2x the Amazon paperback price
Kindle $12.99 ~ $13 ... Amazon Paperback $11.56 .... not quite twice.
> and $5 more than the hardcover price.
Kindle $12.99 ~ $13 ... Amazon Hardcover $15 new from $7.99 (only one seller with that discount price)
In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 6:19:09 AM PDT
The Power of One Kat says:
Thank you! Couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted on May 29, 2012 6:23:13 AM PDT
The Power of One Kat says:
Thanks! I thought my Kindle would take the place of my books, but not so. Most of my ebooks on Kindle have disappointed me and now I don't trust them.
In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 9:45:26 AM PDT
> Most of my ebooks on Kindle have disappointed me and now I don't trust them.
Sadly, I would have to agree with that ... except for the books that I have where "Text-To-Speech" is enabled, and the devices that are "Text-To-Speech" capable.
I think the Kindle business unit of Amazon has made some mistakes. They are still correctible. I think Amazon is a fantastic company that really responds to customer needs, often before they even understand them themselves. I love being able to buy used stuff on Amazon, or sell stuff as well, or read reviews of products or people's ideas in forums like this, and especially the fast slick and efficient interface for doing all of the above without major frustration and misery. Try that with Apples App store or iTunes ... they suck.
If Amazon could bring this epertise to bear on the tablet computer, ie. really compete with the iPad I think Apple stock would drop way way down. Apple is very highly over-rated and not doing their job in my opinion.
But the way the Kindle business unit at Amazon is now, I don't see Amazon moving in the right direction. I don't like the Kindle as much as I did when I first saw it, and it has not evolved as well as the rest of Amazon. But I am not ready to give up on it either.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 10:31:27 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 4:56:55 PM PDT
The product sucks. The author signs a contract and is thus a market actor. This particular author is an economist. He should be part of the solution of making his product not suck.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 8:24:22 AM PDT
I understand your saying "there are other places on Amazon.com for complaints referring to e-books, etc." I don't look there when reading reviews. Perhaps I should begin to, if it is public. I also understand your concern with the lowered rating of author's writing, content, etc. simply because of the e-book formatting. However, I check reviews to see if this is something I might like to read--in any form. When someone comments in his/her review that the e-book form is poorly organized, inadequate, confusing, whatever, is helpful to me when choosing whether I want the e-book format or the book format. Perhaps one could rate the value of the content with the initial rating and discuss formatting problems in the discussion. I realize that some might not read the comments and be unhappy purchasing the e-book version. Nothing's perfect. I am glad when I see a comparison of formats, however.
Posted on Jun 25, 2012 10:37:13 AM PDT
S. Czubek says:
Thanks. I can't believe the kindle version is almost as much as the printed version! Your review clinched my decision NOT to get the Kindle version.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 4:16:16 AM PDT
In case you haven't noticed, this is an online store and not a book club. People come here to buy books and the quality of print is an important aspect. I am about to head out of coverage for a month and I really value the review that point out flaws in the kindle version of this book. Not all kindle books are badly formatted, so it is important to check before buying.
Posted on Jul 9, 2012 11:26:57 PM PDT
Spike Spiegel says:
i want to thank you sincerely for your advice about the lacking of the eBook.
i also understand why you put a ONE STAR although this book truly deserves FIVE STARS. if you put THREE STARS, a lot of readers like me would not be catching your warning as I only read ONE STAR and FIVE STARS reviews. thanks again.