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Kindle ver. not what I had expected
on March 9, 2011
While I really like the contents, valuable just like any other textbook, I have few quibbles about the Kindle version. I bought this as a refresher in preparation for sitting for the CPA exam as I don't want to be carrying thick and heavy volumes. I give this book 5 stars for its substance and coverage over look. I really like the IFRS comparisons. There are some things that are really irritating.
Here are the downsides for the Kindle version of this textbook:
1. Skimpy graphics, uniform font. There are illustrations but reading through chapters is short of reading a novel. I had wished that the Kindle version is the exact same aesthetics as the printed one, more like a PDF only that it is proprietary Kindle file. The publisher could have at least changed the typefaces and their sizes here and there to add emphasis, and make them proportional as you size the overall look in Kindle's settings (The Kindle makes typeface changes universal for an entire content of any book). The only thing I see are bold, italics, underline and bullets and some illustrations.
While I do know that colors have different shades of gray when converted to Kindle, the publisher could have at least use some lighter shades to emphasize, split a topic or section, or add visual appeal.
I just hope in the next Kindle edition, the book would look more natural and magazine-like even in black and white.
2. Portions of text such as: "Q1, p.3" and "Q2, p.3". What do these mean? There is not even a link to click on. It looked more like an important part had been omitted in e-book conversion process.
It may be worthwhile to buy the textbook which I am considering to do. Can I return the Kindle version of this textbook?