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Kindle: main text is okay; sample code, other images are unreadable
on February 6, 2014
I always search for "kindle edition" when buying technical books in the hope that someone else has determined if the graphs and images made it through the digitization "process", and I did that for this book as well. There were two helpful reviews that said it didn't work, but I like my other Head First book so rather than dismiss it out of hand I downloaded a sample...
Unfortunately, chapter 1 starts 93% of the way through the sample! LOL! 93%! The first 93% of the sample is "praise" sections, about the authors, reviewers and other worthless stuff. Unfortunately this left me with only (literally) a few pages of actual content, which isn't enough to determine if this book is worth it on my Kindle. -1 star. The few images I saw of class diagrams for the Duck class were fine, but I know these books have different types of images, and I don't know if those are similarly correctly sized. MOST technical books I've tried are NOT formatted properly; things run off the screen, are too small to make out, etc..
The initial reviews I read said it didn't work and that it used images of the pages, however my experience was different. On my Paperwhite, it wasn't page images; it used scalable text and images. The images were clear and sized properly (so far...). The content, what there was of it, was as expected for this a technical book. However without seeing more _types_ of images, I'm not able to determine if it is really worth it or not.
Update: After reading the return policy (7 days), I bought the Kindle version and tried it out. Unfortunately my suspicions were confirmed: the initial images were fine, but other types of images were not. The images with people in them and chat bubbles are okay (though tiny text). However, further in, the images with sample code are too tiny and light to read (either with daylight or backlight). -1 star. Additionally, some "extra" sections (like checklists, quizzes, etc.) run off the side of the screen. It's the correct font face and size, but it doesn't wrap, so I lose about half of that content. I liked it up until these two issues, but it's not really usable in this form...
It would be "okay" if the sample code was readable, given the couple other issues, but that is a pretty important feature in these books.