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DO NOT GET THE KINDLE VERSION
, March 13, 2014
This review is from: Chineasy: The Easy Way to Learn Chinese (Kindle Edition)
I've seen the author's Ted Talk and followed the crowd funding for this book. I really wanted to like it. However, the Kindle version of the book is designed for art, not for functionality (reading).
It is virtually impossible to read on a tablet because of the small print (and inability to increase the size), the colors used (example, dark orchid background for small black font), and the navigation. Tried to read it in the alternative on my computer. No dice.
I've purchased several hundred Kindle books in the past couple of years. This is the first one for which I've requested a refund.
If they fix the electronic version, I'll also remove this Kindle review upon request.
In short, avoid the Kindle version like the plague. The print edition should be fine (knock on wood). If I get the print edition, I'll update this review to address the content.
March 20, 2014 Update.
I purchased the print edition and have taken the time to go through it before writing this update.
The substance of the book is good. However, the design gets in the way of using it for its intended purpose - learning Chinese characters.
It's clear after seeing both the Kindle and print editions that the Kindle edition consists of imaged pages from the print edition rather than doing formatting for the Kindle. For that, the person in charge of layout for the Kindle should be sent to the woodshed with a dunce cap.
Unfortunately, the printed pages suffer from some of the same issues that afflict the Kindle. Specifically, the many pages with dark-colored backgrounds with small black font are difficult to read. In some cases, it requires taking the book to different lighting or using a magnifying glass to figure out what's written.
In other words, the purpose of learning Chinese characters is actually frustrated by the author's efforts as an artist.
In short, here's my rating unless and until the book is fixed.
0 Stars for the Kindle edition. It's horrible.
3 Stars for the Print edition if you want to actually learn the characters.
5 Stars for the Print edition if you want a colorful book to put on the coffee table to impress friends but have no intention of actually learning Chinese characters.
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