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You're the Umpire: 139 Scenarios to Test Your Baseball Knowledge Paperback – April 28, 2010
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Make that two stars. It's one month later and I could not finish the book.
Also, as an ebook it is horrible. I paid the nine dollars for the e-book and consider it one of my worst purchases online. The reason is quite simple. For example, the book will provide you with a scenario on say, page 25 then state the answer is on page 35. Well, those page numbers are only correct if you have the hard copy. To find out what the Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other e-reader page is where your answer lies you have to manually scroll around until you find the answer. There is no easy way to do this. To make this a worthile reference book they should have made it easy to toggle back and forth between questions and answers.
It is a good enough book that I will probably buy it in hardcopy but don't make the same mistake I did and buy the ebook!
However, the format is not conducive to the Kindle, since the situations are completely separated from the rulings/answers. You have to read 30-40 situations before you get to the section of the book with the answers. Through the Kindle, you cannot easily flip back and forth between the plays and the answers.
Gave up on the Kindle version and bought the paperback.
The quality of information in this book is great. It has lots of baseball trivia and tons of interesting situations and stories. Most of the plays that you are asked to rule on were actual plays that occurred in either the minor leagues or the majors.
The reason I took off 2 stars relates only to the kindle version. The way this book is laid out is perfect for print, but terrible for the kindle. It gives you a situation and then says "Answer on page 104." Well, the kindle doesn't have page numbers for this book. So, you need to do the following to work around to initialize your bookmarks so you can navigate:
1. leave a bookmark at the question
2. move ahead to the answer (there are no chapter marks left by the publisher, so it's page by page)
3. leave a bookmark at the answer.
After you do this you can go back and forth between the plays, and the solutions. However, it's not that simple... because there are three sections to this book, you need to do the above 3 times. But, for each of the actual question plays and answer rulings you need to do the following:
1. remove the bookmark from the previous question
2. read then new question
3. set a new bookmark at the end of the current question
4. use the "view highlights and bookmarks" menu to navigate to the answer bookmark
5. delete your old answer bookmark
6. read the answer
7. place a new answer bookmark at the end of that answer
8. use the "view highlights and bookmarks" menu to navigate back to the question bookmark from step 3.
Needless to say, that is a bit of a pain in the butt, and really does take a 5 star book to 3 stars.Read more ›
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I got the Kindle version. Too cumbersome to navigate between scenarios and answers.Published 18 months ago by L. F. Mires
A must have for any umpire, at any level from in house leagues to pros.
It helped me to be a better umpire