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Not very reader friendly, with an uninviting page layout
on July 1, 2014
Yes,it's great to have an abridged version. But the book design is troublesome. Abridged readers (in this case, middle schoolers/young high schoolers) choose abridged versions because they find the uncut version to be too daunting.
This version does not SAY that it's abridged anywhere on the cover or inside. Why not make that clear? More crucially, the layout is painfully cramped. The book is an oversized paperback, which is okay, but the typeface looks to be about 9 point, and the spacing is simple single spacing. Net, a page spread looks like a sea of type. It's not at all inviting. That wouldn't matter to people who want to read the full version, but I know a 13 year old abridged reader who is a very unhappy camper.
I wish the publisher had used a bigger typeface, added a lot more white space, even though the extra signatures might have added a dollar to the book cost.