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Kindle version is unusable,
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This review is from: The Rails 3 Way (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) (Kindle Edition)I have no issue with the contents of the book, only the Kindle implementation thereof.
Listings and tables are converted to images, and some of those are so small that it is all but impossible to read on the Kindle.
Unfortunately, the Kindle for PC version is even worse, the image rendering is pathetic, to say the least.
I've bought 3 other Kindle books from the Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series as well, only Eloquent Ruby and Rails AntiPatterns can be read in their entirety on the Kindle, Service-Orientated Design with Ruby and Rails is as badly delivered as The Rails 3 Way.
At least one can get some of the missing details by looking at the source code repositories for each book, but that is no excuse. If you buy a book (paper copy), surely the expectation is that all pages can be read?
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2012 12:20:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2012 12:20:41 PM PST
Unfortunately, this is true about many technical computer books that contain illustrations, charts and screen shots.
Part of the problem seems to be that the graphics are low contrast and show up as small gray text on slightly less gray backgrounds.
The publishers need to test their graphics on a real Kindle before releasing it.
The Kindle 3 or later may be better than the Kindle 1 or Kindle 2 since it has more contrast in the disply. Maybe. I don't know. I have a Kindle 2.
When looking at computer technical books for the Kindle, I always download a free preview and check to see if the book is graphics intensive and if they can be read.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:52:57 PM PDT
Stephen Mann says:
No, the problem is that kindle format scales by increasing the type point count rather than zooming. Pictures in them will not zoom, at least they won't in any of the books I have for the Kindle Fire.
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