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Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius
Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius
Price: £1.45

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of a pamphlet than a book, 10 April 2012
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This is a nice enough read but it's ridiculously short - I read it cover to cover in 15 minutes. I'm at a loss to imagine how anyone could consider 13 brief and unremarkable anecdotes as anything approaching a "book" - and shocked that I paid so much for it. Cannot recommend this at all.


Bootleg! The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Recording Industry
Bootleg! The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Recording Industry
Price: £11.51

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - but spoiled by poor formatting, 24 Sept. 2011
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A fascinating and absorbing book, definitive in breadth and depth, with something even for those with only a casual interest in the subject. I actually own the paperback version of this too, but bought the Kindle version because I find ebooks to be so much more convenient and pleasant to read. Unfortunately the Kindle version is somewhat marred by poor formatting and presentation, with hyperlinked footnotes that return you to the wrong place in the book, and missing typography including ellipses and quotation marks, rendering some passages completely nonsensical. Given the book's subject there are frequent sentences which move in and out of quoting people, so the occasional absence of this formatting can really cause some head-scratching. It's not a permanent problem, but comes up often enough to spoil what is otherwise a blissfully compelling read. What is less forgivable still is the series of photographs towards the end of the book which unfortunately repeats a picture of a Van Morrison album EIGHTEEN times with captions clearly referring to something else. Especially sad given the high price of the edition.


Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Price: £12.10

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In Need of Adjustment, 4 Dec. 2010
This is a great looking book but the Kindle version is entirely mashed up, and not in a good way. Stray pictures and capital letters appear mid-chapter for no reason, each track in the 2 Live Crew chapter is prefixed by a large image of the Beastie Boys... Artists are given incongruous names like "Tone LDC" (huh?) and one Beastie Boys album is repeatedly called "Licensed To One Hundred and Eleven". I'm fairly sure the original book, which seems to be a solid and comprehensive work, has none of these problems, so respect is due, but at the time of writing the ebook version is totally messed up and impossible to rate.
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Everything Bad is Good for You: How Popular Culture is Making Us Smarter
Everything Bad is Good for You: How Popular Culture is Making Us Smarter
Price: £5.03

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, 19 Nov. 2010
Several paragraphs of the preview chapter alone introduce a picture, diagram or other image which is simply absent, apparently not included in the electronic version. Hard to recommend any ebook which is clearly so incomplete as to be unfit for sale.


Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet radio
Acoustic Energy Wi-Fi Internet radio

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Serious flaws, 13 Oct. 2008
I've had one of these radios for a few years now. On the whole it's a great radio and a great idea, but spoiled by two significant flaws. Firstly is the ongoing 'crackling' problem, caused by the wi-fi circuitry interfering with the speakers. (I mailed Acoustic Energy about this and they didn't see fit to respond, sadly.) Secondly, and more seriously, the radio is UNUSABLE anywhere in the vicinity of an 802.11n access point, such as the new BT Home Hub, whether this is your own or (more likely) your neighbour's, etc. If there is an 802.11n signal anywhere within range of this radio, it simply goes into a constant cycle of rebooting. I mailed Acoustic Energy about this and they say that it is because the radio was designed before 802.11n was invented and that there is nothing you can do except turn the 802.11n access point off. Again, that might be just about OK if it's your access point, but if it belongs to your neighbours or anyone else who lives in your locality, you're up the creek without a paddle. The Reciva forums (Reciva are the company which make the chips in this radio) have posts from a number of people having this same problem, and seemingly there is no solution. Acoustic Energy really don't seem bothered at all. Very disappointing support for what was (and still is) a very expensive radio.

A third point is that the power supply units for this radio seem to fail consistently after about 14 months use - I've been through two of them already.

All in all, a shame, for a radio that was the first of its kind, but spoiled by disinterested and non-existent support for the product's many flaws. Buy with extreme caution.


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