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It's rare to find a book with no redeaming qualities.
on June 14, 2012
What I expect to get from a book on printing would a lot of information about color management, output sharpening, paper selection, and some things I probably never thought about. The color management chapter starts off with an explanation as to why the authors aren't going to "waste" time and space in their book on color management, stating it's "the most demanding subject in digital photography", but it's covered in many other books so if you want to learn about it you should buy a book about it. When I got to the part about sharpening, they provided no information other than it's important and one of the authors happens to have written a book about it that you should buy. They do provide a list of papers they "like", but virtually no useful information about them. Most of them only had a brief sample of the technical data provided by the manufacturer with no comments. And the ones that did have comments were brief like "Great. One of our favorites", or "Very sharp".
The bulk of the book is actually screenshots of how to use various pieces of software and hardware, taking up a lot of space but providing virtually no or little information. Since the book was published in 2006, and it's now 2012, all of the screenshots and accompanying text is obsolete. And even back in 2006, this information is basic information that would be included with the instructions for the device you bought.