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2.0 out of 5 stars I want my 2 dollars back, May 13, 2012
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This review is from: The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally (Hardcover)
After reading the rest of the reviews maybe my sights were set too high. For $49 I expected a great deal of information and, I don't know, maybe color photos! Most of the photos are black and white and absolutely terrible, with limited or no captions. The text and subject absolutely needed good photos and illustrations. On this acount the book fails. There is some good information, over and over and over and over again. So much of the text is opinions, which is fine, but express your thoughts and move on. Reapeating the same point over and over in different sections makes reading this a chore. The organization is just as aggravating. Often times you think you have already read a section only to realize it is just the same information AGAIN, 20 pages later. Seems like this book would "bee" more informative if it was one third the length, organized better, and had color photos and/or illustrations. I had been looking forward to learning a great deal from this book. I am disappointed. At $49 dollars I would suggest buying a couple of the other books on the subject instead.
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Initial post: Jun 10, 2012 9:02:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 8:02:24 AM PDT
Blythe Barbo says:
I have to agree with this reviewer. I found this book to be much more about conventional beekeeping, not "Beekeeping Naturally" as noted in the title. There was very little info on Warre-type or other top-bar hives that allow the bees to make their own comb, which to me, sounds much more "practical" as well as "natural." The contents - all 38 pages - with 2 pages devoted to the alphabet (yes, A, B, C, etc.) referring to glossary of terms starting with the associated letter - is ridiculously unhelpful. Supposedly, this level of detail was to take the place of an index, which would have been much more practical for the reader who might be trying to find information they need. And there's a bit of a 'tude with telling people from the get-go that you can find all the info on the web, but if you insist on getting his blogposts in a book, well then, here you go ("So here is the book that you could already have read for free but you can hold it in your hands and put it on the shelf and know you have it.") Sure wish I'd read that before shelling out 50 bucks, and for that price, yes, I expected more. Sure, there are some good tips scattered here and there throughout the 630 pages. Good luck finding them. The Practical Beekeeper book is not practical at all. Save your money. Read the forums. At least you have a search engine.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 9:42:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2013 9:47:39 PM PST
D. Lindsley says:
I believe the comments about organization, repetition, indexing, and availability on the website or forums are inter-related. I read most of the material online and then decided to buy the physical volumes. I understand the text to be a compilation of the responses the author has prepared to topics and discussions over a long period. Many questions get asked and answered season after season, sometimes within a different context. What some may feel is a convoluted index is the tool for finding the topic that interests the reader within a large body of information--exactly what a search engine does. And precisely because the information appears on the website one can use a search engine online if you prefer. I agree that some points would be clearer or better presented with color photos; I can find them online but it would be convenient to have them right in print. I've recommended both the book and the website to interested friends but there is something satisfying about folding over the corner on a page I know I will want to read again. I purchased the paperback volumes and feel better about carrying around or marking them up than I would with the hardcover. I think it's a good book. You can decide for yourself if you like the style or perspective by clicking through the website.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 10:13:23 AM PDT
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