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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money
Having read the last three issues I would have no hesitation in recommending this to any reader. At one fifty an issue it's a bargain
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by P. Carter

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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition could be so much better
If I were reviewing the print version of the TLS I would give it five stars for its stimulating, erudite, and eclectic content.

However, the Kindle edition has a number of problems:

There are numerous formatting errors, several in almost every article. These include missing hyphens which cause run-on words, missing spaces, and other typos. For...
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Eleanor


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition could be so much better, 24 Sep 2011
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Eleanor (Oxford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Times Literary Supplement (Kindle Edition)
If I were reviewing the print version of the TLS I would give it five stars for its stimulating, erudite, and eclectic content.

However, the Kindle edition has a number of problems:

There are numerous formatting errors, several in almost every article. These include missing hyphens which cause run-on words, missing spaces, and other typos. For example it took me a while to work out what the Terry Eagleton book ONEVIL was actually called [a recent example is "The Iron Road" becoming THEIR ONROAD]. Letters with circumflexes, etc., are not converted properly so Eastern European names in particular are often mangled.

The title of the book under review is sometimes missing. If you're lucky, it will be repeated in the review itself, otherwise you're on your own. The names of authors and reviewers often aren't consistently distinguished and will swap position from review to review. So unless the author's or reviewer's name is a familiar one, you have to wait for a mention in the text to work out which is which.

Large chunks of quoted text aren't marked as such, e.g. by indentation; therefore it's often difficult to work out whether one is reading a reviewer or a quoted author. Italics also aren't reproduced which is particularly irritating if the reviewer has written 'my emphasis' or 'italics added'.

Finally none of the pictures in the print edition are included (unlike in the Kindle edition of the New York Review of Books or London Review of Books, for example). Even black and white pictures would greatly enhance the articles.

[15/09/2013 Two years on, nothing has changed, so I've changed my rating from three stars to one. This week, on top of everything else, all the 'j's were capitalized, leading to words such as 'BenJamin', 'enJoyable', etc.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money, 19 Dec 2011
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P. Carter "Paul Carter" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Times Literary Supplement (Kindle Edition)
Having read the last three issues I would have no hesitation in recommending this to any reader. At one fifty an issue it's a bargain
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the text survives, 11 Dec 2013
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Amended to reflect the more recent experience. As others note, this edition is still garbled. Clearly the TLS don't elect to proof this in any way, and it is pretty tedious to wade through errors clearly made by the automation producing this product.

That said, I still prefer this edition to the paper one for the reason that it is always in stock, and the essence of the writing survives. I imagine that if it were a joy to read I might become a subscriber.

As I write, the edition generally has all of the issues text. Pictures are omitted, poetry formatting can be hit and miss (although the latter is perhaps hard on a screen with variable font sizes), and from time to time gremlins strike and render text unpleasant as noted elsewhere.

That said, the great articles, reviews and essays are all here, and (best of all) it's always in stock on the kindle store. I don't subscribe, but I do buy an issue whenever I'm in the mood for the reading. Before the kindle edition, this was subject to the vagaries of finding the TLS in stock. Now I can buy whenever I want.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Excelent publication, but Kindle edition is unreadable, 2 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Times Literary Supplement (Kindle Edition)
The Times Literary Supplement is an excellent publication, with detailed reviews by leading specialists. The print edition is an essential feature of my reading.

However, the Kindle edition is - as others have commented on Amazon's pages many times already - of a very poor quality. The most recent issue, which features the best books of the year, makes this clear: several passages feature words and sentences that have been garbled together, making several of them difficult to understand. We also have the continuing problem of words being run together or breaking across lines in ways that don't make sense. Whole passages are literally unreadable.

Also a problem is the table of contents, which tends to be very difficult to navigate and understand.

On paper, I consider the TLS to be the best journal of its kind around. But if you are looking for something on the Kindle, the vastly superior Kindle editions of the London Review of Books and New York Review of Books should be purchased before this.

I regret writing this review, but consider the Kindle edition to be insultingly bad - and it has been for a long time, as many other reviewers have shown. And TLS have been told about this problem too. Strange that they won't sort it out. I honestly think they'd be better off withdrawing this inadequate edition from the market.
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