- File Size: 546 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kindle Publishing Group; First edition (May 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007IMH6XW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
299 Kindle Book Bestsellers Kindle Edition
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Well, it turns out that all this author has done is describe what Kindle e-readers are, and then describe the Amazon Prime program. As you probably already know, this program permits subscribers to "borrow" a book from Amazon, for a fixed period of time and with some limitations, at no cost. So that's the "getting it free" bit. Maybe I'm just splitting hairs here, but in my view borrowing a book is not the same as owning it, especially as you can only borrow it for a limited time. Anyway, I completely agree that the Kindle is wonderful and that the Prime program is great value. However, this same information is available to anyone, free of charge, every time they visit Amazon.
BUT THAT'S NOT THE REAL ISSUE.
As I said a moment ago, I thought this would be ABOUT the books that become bestsellers on Kindle. Well, it isn't. The rest of the book is nothing but customer reviews that have been copied and pasted off the Amazon site. There's no original material, not so much as a word that was written by the (so-called) author. From a purely legal standpoint, I don't even think he has the right to publish these, as reviews become the property of Amazon once they're submitted.
By my major objection is that I don't think anyone should have to pay to the read the very reviews that are right in front of them every time they peruse the Kindle library. Reviews like THIS ONE that you're reading now. Would you pay to read this? I know I wouldn't.
Oh, and in each instance, it's just ONE review. So even if a book has garnered thirty or forty (or more) reviews, you'll only see the one that this Marc Stein fellow has selected. I don't see how that helps anyone to make an informed decision about whether to buy a book. The real beauty of the review system is that you can read comments from a variety of perspectives and make a buying decision based on your own interpretation.
This book may not be a violation of Amazon's terms of service technically, but in my view it violates its spirit. I would suggest that everyone skip this book and simply read the reviews that they choose for free.