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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition without basic navigation features, November 13, 2011
This review is from: Python Essential Reference (4th Edition) (Developer's Library) (Kindle Edition)
Kindle edition is without table of contents, decent chapter headings or anything else that would make this a navigable book except page numbers. If it was a novel it wouldn't matter, but since it's meant to be a reference book it's not really any use. I don't recommend buying as there's better ebook options.

I can't speak for the content of the book too much - I'm sure they might be good but you won't get much from the Kindle edition.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2011 10:42:19 AM PST
Sadly, as the book's author, I have had no involvement with the production of the Kindle edition (in fact, no one from Amazon or the publisher has ever contacted me about it). Hopefully this is something that can be addressed in a future edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 5:08:34 PM PST
Steve Bailey says:
The Kindle allows you add notes, highlights and bookmarks .. which additionally in themselves get synced to all kindle platforms that you are using. Somehow this should help make up for the lack of table of contents or chapter headings.. plus, it aids in absorbing the book's material when you're actively making notes to create your own navigation.. one star though? i don't think that's quite fair

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 6:09:36 AM PST
john says:
One star for a book without a ToC is completely fair. To suggest that the ability to make notes compensates for Amazon selling a product that is not fit for sale is being too forgiving by a long way (and how is 'taking notes' some great feature of a Kindle book that has not been available since the 15th century?). You are obviously trying to be nice Steve but when you can't polish a product then putting glitter on it doesn't change what it is.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013 10:01:52 PM PDT
I have often heard this about Kindle editions: the author has no say about what happens.
I have also heard a similar story about a book of photographs: the author had no control of the printing, format etc and ended up seeing his pictures printed very dark.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2014 9:16:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2014 6:49:54 PM PDT
@ Bailey: No. Bookmark features do NOT make up for a lack of a table of contents. The one star rating is appropriate as these reviews are not a literary award service for authors, but a review of what kind of product you get for your money.

Update: Looks like the TOC has been added to the Kindle version. I've just placed my Kindle purchase.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 9:18:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2014 6:48:50 PM PDT
@ the publisher: (Update) Thanks for doing the right thing and adding a table of contents. I've bought the Kindle version.
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