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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor book, horrible format, September 12, 2012
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This review is from: Calculus: Single Variable (Kindle Edition)
There are two things to review about this book: the book itself, and the kindle format of the book.
Both are bad.

The itself is fairly useless in terms of in-chapter examples and explanations, often completely neglecting to cover common scenarios altogether. The examples are cryptic, short on explanation and extremely hard to follow unless you already know what's going on. I found the WikiUniversity book to be much more helpful in many areas.
I would rate the book itself at BEST a 2.5 out of 5.

But then there's the kindle format as well. If you're on this page, you're probably thinking (as I did) to save a bundle of money by buying or renting the book for Kindle. It is NOT worth it, ESPECIALLY if you have a difficult time already with math.
The whole book seems like it was scanned through an algorithm to convert print books to kindle books, but with no library of mathematical symbols, and no human input. Sometimes characters will render as actual parts of the kindle text, while most of the time they will render as small, lo-res images of the symbol or equation from the book. As there's no way to zoom in on it, it's extremely hard to read many problems. Even worse are the problems where the text DID scan into the kindle format, which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to tell whether something is a power or coefficient. This confusion led to many things the book said being flat-out wrong. INCREDIBLY frustrating when trying to learn integration. Also, the non-scanned text (at least a third of the book) is unsearchable.

Oh, and if your professor is assigning things by page number, you're screwed. The pages are not numbered, and the "page location" feature of the kindle is completely useless. what's even worse is that the text would randomly switch pages. I'd scroll through some problems, and problem 10 would be at the bottom of one page, but then if I came back to it, it'd be at the top of a different page.
I'm actually getting aggravated just thinking about this whole mess.

Oh, and the table of integrals at the back of the book is just completely missing most of the pages.

TL;DR: This book is NOT worth the savings. If you want to do yourself a real favor, go get the free wikipedia calculus textbook. It's not perfect, but it's better than this tripe in almost every way.
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