The Kindle version of this book is an unmitigated disaster. It's an eBook, how do you screw that up? Amazon makes producing them so easy an idiot could do it. Well, you know what they say about building a better mousetrap? Because I found the better mouse.
Trying to read this on my iPad was a massive exercise in frustration. The pages don't turn properly. How do you mess that up in an ebook? Every few pages, especially between sections, it would require 20-50 "page flips" through blank space to get to the next actual page, with the little location counter in the lower left either not changing at all, changing by one, or jumping around at random. The last straw was when I tried to go backwards and it got stuck, so every time I would flip back a page it took me right back to that same page.
Also (in case that wasn't enough) fully 30% or so of the book appears to be images rather than text. So forget selecting it, highlighting it, or making notes in those sections. Hope they weren't important. Oh, they were? Whoops.
And (yes, there's more) due to the way the book is laid out, it has no qualms at all about putting a page boundary in the middle of a line, so the top half of the line is on one page and the bottom half is (flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip...) at the top of the next.
And (no, I'm not done), statistics is math. That means formulas. You... you didn't expect to be able to read those, did you? Because that's not going to work out so well. The typesetting is wrong here as well, rendering things like x̄ as x¯ and going downhill from there as soon as you get into things like summation. Some of the typeset formulas have embedded images next to them, but they're blurry. At least they're correct. I think.
Happily, Amazon let me return this steaming digital pile... for which I am very grateful... and I immediately bought a paper copy.
- Hardcover: 745 pages
- Publisher: BFW Consign Print; 6 edition (30 December 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1464102546
- ISBN-13: 978-1464102547
- Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 3.4 x 26.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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