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Automotive Intelligentsia 2009-2010 Sports Car Guide Paperback – April 21, 2009
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About the Author
Regularly test-driving new vehicles on highways, back roads and racetracks, veteran automotive journalist Jim Gorzelany is editor and publisher of Automotive Intelligentsia new-car guides. He's also a frequent contributor on automotive topics to myriad print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Muscle & Fitness, ForbesAutos.com, Hemispheres, Executive Travel, MSNBC.com and American Driver, among others; his work is also syndicated in over 75 newspapers across the U.S., including the Boston Globe, New York Daily News and San Francisco Chronicle.
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So, why do I only give 3 stars out of five?
1) As stated by someone else, no table of contents. mind you it's not a huge book so it's not hard to just thumb through it and find a car. But having one would be handy also.
2) I'm not sure why the one fellow claims the pictures are great. To be honest, they aren't. They look like they were either a) photocopies of a color print or b) black and white printings of a color image. Either way, I have to agree with another person when I say it would almost be better if there were no photos. About the only thing the photos do for me is make me want to look up a color high quality image, not the low quality black and white. As an aside I'm not knocking black and white images, if they were of good quality that would be fine. But they aren't, the cover image is MUCH better then the ones found inside.
Anyway, if the author writes another book, and IF he addresses said issues in that book I'd consider buying it. But if he doesn't, I'd truly have to think on that. I don't feel ripped off, but I don't feel like the book was a bargain even at the current price either.
The book itself is put together very nicely. Images, writing, specs, it's all there and is really great. Navigating for me was a piece of cake as the Kindle App for HP WebOS has the scroll bar accessible at the bottom of the screen when you want it and the cars are all in alphabetical order. It has been an absolute breeze to scroll to whichever car I wanted to read about first; whether it was on page 2 or page 3,259 (that's how many "locations" my app splits it out to via scroll bar, there aren't actually that many pages; comes out to 108 "print-pages" per the description).
All that being said, it'd be nice to know about these differences before purchasing. If I had my heart dead-set on pictures, I probably wouldn't have bought this book based on the reviews saying how bad they are. Imagine my surprise when they were that good. Haven't read the whole thing as I just bought it, but so far the writing and specs are dead on.
For the price of an average magazine here is a complete guide to the best Sports Cars on the planet. Great pictures, full specifications and well written reviews which really bring these cars to life.
This publication really shows that the Kindle is not just for books but can handle a wide variety of content. Way to go!
Daniel Turner, automotive author, age 15.