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The kindle version is good by needs improvement.
on May 14, 2013
This book is required for my Building Construction classes (Architecture Major). The book itself is well written and is full of helpful drawings, details, diagrams, and photos.
I opted to get the Kindle version, the ability to search the book by keyword and reducing the size and weight of the book down to my tablet being the biggest reasons. I really liked it but it has had its shortcomings.
First off, it has no page numbers. Many kindle books have page numbers that coincide with their hardcopies (it may read Location 500 Page 60, Location 501 Page 60, Location 502 Page 61, etc) I can't see why it wouldn't be done here other than the fact that there are a lot of pages. Still, with the amount I am charged to buy the book I should expect these things.
Next, there are periodic mistakes in the book. Some are simple like sentences with no spaces in them but other are more severe. For example in Chapter 14, Location 13563 Figures 14.43 and 14.44 the images for each Figure are exactly the same. 14.43 is supposed to show One-way sitecast concrete framing systems but instead it shows a copy of the two-way. Mistakes like these are unacceptable in a book like this.
Lastly, there is on average one image for every two chapters that is "not available in this digital edition". I can understand that the copyright holders of some images may not want them available on a digital format but if that is the case why not come up with a substitute. Especially because, to my memory, all of the missing images I've seen are photographs of existing buildings (for example the end of Chapter 12 Location 11885 the photo of the sciences center at Dartmouth). Omitting the image shouldn't be the answer.
The book is otherwise a fantastic book and over the 6 months I've owned it I have been able to use it as a reference even outside my BC classes.