Andy Budd, author of this book, has used Amazon's "Invite a Friend" feature to send me an abusive email regarding my review of his book, which I gave a 3/5. If you are going to post a negative review of this book, use Amazon's features to obscure your identity.
Hmm, I don't know Andy but regarding to what I've read on the web he seems to be a nice person. Could you tell us more about what think of as "abusive"? I really think of some misunderstanding here... but, hmmm..
Regarding _your_ review: I second some of your statements. Especially copy-n-paste css code is much easier to find with google. But I'm working with CSS for quite a while now and have done a lot of standards compliant websites using css and found CSS Mastery to be a solid book about extended basics which I found extremely useful. I don't think an author should have a problem with critics like yours as it's like comparing apples and oranges in the end.
In general I liked to have some latest CSS tips alltogether in one fine book that I could read on the couch on a rainy sunday afternoon.
Sometimes I think it would be great if amazons reviews were more like threaded discussions, so that authors could reply to critics immediately.
[Sometimes I think it would be great if amazons reviews were more like threaded discussions, so that authors could reply to critics immediately.]
I don't think so. Actually I always find it strange and sometimes appalling that authors shall respond to any review on Amazon. Authors might want to clarify some points, but even then, I question ??!!
I haven't written a review here yet, but I must say it is a turn off when authors come in to "defend" their books. I have found several examples lately of books that get extremely good ratings (more than 4 starts and a half) and get reviews by their authors who want to reply to one or two reviewers who are lukewarm. Get a grip ! (@ to authors who create reviews to talk back "at" reviewers.)
If I were to receive an e-mail from an author because I did not give the review he thinks he deserves for his book, I'd be shocked.
Thanks for the first commenter in this thread (Unknown Comic).
Seems to me that if the actual Andy Budd were to reply to an Amazon review it would be at amazon.co.uk since he is from the UK. It seems all to easy to spoof identity on the net. If I got an abusive response from a professional author who has had nothing but success from this book I'd be skeptical of the authenticity.
Well, first off, if the review were on https://amazon.com, not amazon.co.uk, wouldn't it be a bit pointless to post any kind of reply on the latter?
Secondly, is there not some way to validate, through Amazon, whether a reply was authentically from the author of the book and not some imposter?
Regardless, the book has to stand on its own and any defense (or defensiveness) displayed by the author, if it is genuinely from the author, is largely irrelevant. This goes for any book, publication, statement, paper, document or other product of its creator.