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2.0 out of 5 stars Specifically a review of the Kindle Edition, February 6, 2011
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This review is from: The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition (Kindle Edition)
Without going into the content of the book, which I find very good, the Kindle edition was poorly produced. It is littered with typos of the sort that look like it was simply run through OCR software and then the publisher called it a day. These are things like "1" being replaced with "i", ugly pixelated graphics for mathematical notation (even very simple stuff like "¼"), or commas being placed after rather than before the spaces separating clauses. Additionally, the endnotes aren't proper hyperlinks, and so navigating to them requires repeatedly setting and clearing bookmarks alternatively at your current point in the text and the section where the endnotes are.

It's a shame that a book of such excellent writing quality received such poor production treatment for this new format.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2011, 11:56:04 AM PST
David Weiss says:
Thanks for that. i almost bought it but I guess I'll wait for a properly formatted and edited version.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011, 11:02:24 AM PDT
Phil says:
Thank you. I'll wait.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011, 6:45:22 AM PDT
Amazon should squester reviews of the Kindle reproduction quality from reviews of the printed edition. This shows up as the "most helpful" unfavorable review, but does not critique the book at all. Not your fault. Amazon should refine its filters. Even if I were shopping the Kindle version, I would want to read an intelligent unfavorable review of the book itself.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011, 5:58:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2011, 6:13:15 PM PDT
Grant D. says:
Thanks for the review, this being one of my favorite books, i would no doubt have been disappointed paying for a poorly done kindle-reproduction.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011, 10:47:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011, 11:28:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011, 8:40:23 PM PST
V.G. says:
Obviously copy-pasters are the paragons of virtue, right?

Posted on May 12, 2012, 11:22:55 AM PDT
V. Yue says:
I got bitten by one of the Kindle editions of Richard Dawkin's book, and I returned it right away. I suggest we can kick Amazon's butt by (a) Returning the poorly produced eBooks (b) Write to Richard Dawkins and tell him about it...

Posted on May 27, 2012, 12:55:10 AM PDT
Matko says:
Good to know, I'll wait for updated version.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 8:08:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012, 8:10:11 AM PDT
I intended to buy the Kindle edition of The Selfish Gene, but after reading the comments about it, I'll wait for a review of this bad evaluated edition. I'd like to be given notice about a new edition.
Claudio Matos

Posted on Sep 14, 2012, 10:43:35 AM PDT
R. Dekoch says:
I wished I would have seen this before buying:(
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