First off, the print quality of the images in the book is awful. That's a big issue given you need to reference them to work out which chapter/section to read to sort out any given problem with your 3D printer/prints. That is not the author's fault - it's Amazon's as the printer - but it really reduces the usefulness of the book.
My copy was also poorly printed in that the text on each page was not centrally aligned, resulting in loads of white space at the top of each page, but next to none at the bottom. I found that really annoying to the eye and a bit of a distraction, but it doesn't prevent the book being read, of course.
In terms of the content of the book itself, it contains a lot of useful information and I did lean a few new things, which is fair enough. I don't regret buying it per se, but I don't feel like I've got my money's worth. It's not a particularly well written book and I'm not sure what the editor got up to, as it doesn't feel edited at all. It is very repetitive at times and you come across the same turns of phrase regularly (in particular 'as mentioned elsewhere in this book' but often with no clear cross-reference provided), which only adds to the repetitiveness of it all.
I appreciate that it hasn't come from a big publishing house, and that's fine as I think people bringing their own products to market is great, but it still feels like it was knocked up in MS Word, with very little effort put into formatting and publishing. I find the formatting (or lack thereof) lets it down and paired with the writing style, it makes it appear quite amateur.
I appreciate that this review will sound quite negative, but I believe in being honest. People can only improve if those critiquing are truthful in their feedback. I'm not going to return the book as it has its uses, but at £20+ and the poor image quality making it hard to use at times, I'd struggle to recommend that others buy it.
My recommendation would be to sort out the photo replication issue (could it have half a dozen colour pages for the photo index?), spend a bit more time and effort getting it laid out by a professional and get a decent editor in to give it a good going over. Do that and I think it'd go from mediocre to excellent, and in the process become a 'must-have' book for all 3D printing enthusiasts.
...and put the 'about the author' bit at the front of the book. Don't hid away at the back!
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