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Kindle readers beware,
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This review is from: A Visit from the Goon Squad (Kindle Edition)
Although the book, itself, was thought provoking and cleverly structured, I would warn anyone who elects to read the book digitally that the "powerpoint" chapters are extremely difficult to read on the Kindle. The print is so small and the back grounds so dark that even a magnifying glass was little help. The font size selection feature on the Kindle did not work on the "slides" for those chapters.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2010 9:12:19 AM PST
Silicon Valley Girl says:
Thank you! I was about to buy the Kindle edition of this book. Now I guess I'll wait for the library or the paperback.
Posted on Dec 23, 2010 8:14:27 AM PST
Thanks from me, too! It is bad enough to have to pay so much for eBooks, and would be even worse if it was not easily readable. I will wait for the library to get it.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2010 8:13:57 PM PST
Wish I had read this before I bought the book, but I will be asking for a refund. Got the Kindle specifically for the larger font size, and I had to pull out a magnifying glass last night to read that portion of the book!
Posted on Jan 2, 2011 5:50:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2011 3:47:25 PM PDT
It's easy to see the graphics, you just need to know how to maneuver the Kindle, which I did not when I read the book, but I do now. When you are on the page, you use the bottom edge of the four-way controller to move onto the image, then you hit the center of the four-way and you get a magnifying glass. You hit that and you get a full-page image I did it with the Goon Squad chapter involved and could see everything fine.
also, if you go to http://jenniferegan.com/books, she has the whole chapter there with music. Hit the link for Great Rock and Roll Pauses.
Posted on Jan 16, 2011 2:39:33 PM PST
Jane Austen says:
I am so happy to read that someone else had difficulty with the "powerpoint" chapter! So frustrating, as the entries were so powerful and poignant. I did enjoy the book enormously, but having read it on a Kindle, I feel as if I might wish to invest in a hard copy! I feel like I missed alot...
Posted on Jan 26, 2011 8:12:36 AM PST
Rebecca Fitterling says:
Having had the same problem with a family chart in another book, I appreciate the tip. Very frustrating so hard copy it is!
Posted on Mar 6, 2011 6:58:27 PM PST
Erin Beth says:
I agree that the PowerPoint chapter was difficult to read on the Kindle -- most pages are readable but there were a few that were very dark/small.
However, if you go to JenniferEgan.com, you can see that chapter in color, and with the music that is referenced.
Posted on Mar 15, 2011 6:29:25 AM PDT
Erin Graves says:
Fellow Kindle users: I changed the orientation (to landscape from portrait) and found it much easier to follow.
Posted on Mar 22, 2011 6:19:27 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 9:24:50 AM PDT
Yes it passes as a review b/c it's her personal review and she can put whatever she wants. She's not reviewing the book for Newsweek or the New York times. This is what she chose to write about, if you don't like that people can review any aspect of the book they want here on Amazon, then don't read reviews by ordinary people. Almost 200 people thought that this review was helpful so maybe you're just upset you didn't think to write about the font first.