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3.0 out of 5 stars Skip the Kindle Version, Buy the Paperback, December 28, 2010
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I found the content of the book to be very good. I agree with the author's adaptive training techniques. I bet we'd see fewer running injuries if more people followed the advice in this book.

I bought the kindle version of this book, and I wish I hadn't. This book provides a lot of great information in charts. Unfortunately, these charts in the kindle version are TERRIBLE. To view most charts, I had to turn my kindle on its side and reduce the font-size to super-small just to be able to read the text in extra-wide tables.

What's worse, the most valuable charts are the multi-week training plans in the back of the book - in the kindle version, these charts are images for some reason, which means that increasing the font size to read the words won't work!

Here's what I had to do to read them. I opened the kindle version on my Mac (I'm sure this same technique would work on a PC). Found the charts I wanted to read, took a screen shot, then printed the screen shot - the Mac kindle software won't let you just print a page. The text in the charts isn't perfectly legible, but it's easy enough to make out the words 'interval', 'progression', 'hill-repeats', etc.

Considering the paperback is only 50 cents more, I wish, I wish, I wish I had purchased it instead. 5 stars on content, but just 1 star for kindle adaptation = 3 stars.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2013 7:09:31 AM PST
jh says:
The purpose of reviews and ratings is to see reviews on content, not on Kindle vs paperback logistics. So if you state you would rate the content at 5 stars, it is unfair to the book for you to mark it down as 3 stars simply because you didn't like it on Kindle. Your warning in the title of your review is enough.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 12:52:54 PM PDT
I'm glad I didn't take your advice on the Kindle vs paper version of this book... the Kindle charts looked just fine, easily readable on my tablet screen... just had to double touch/click on the chart for it to be enlarged & easily legible. Your mileage may vary, but Kindle delivered for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2014 12:59:54 PM PDT
J. Sullivan says:
I'm glad the charts look good to you. I'm hoping this means that in the 4 years since I left my initial review, someone figured out how to fix the problem. I did ultimately buy the paper version of the book. I still refer to it often as I build new training plans. I think it's a great resource.
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