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on 8 January 2014
The novels are all available free from Project Gutenberg, but I decided that I'd like them all in one file for my Kindle, with the illustrations as a nice bonus. Unfortunately, as with so many ebooks, the formatting lets it down. I find many unexpected and mistaken line breaks throughout the text, especially in the spoken dialogues. This is particularly irritating as it breaks the spell, so to speak, and sets you searching for the rest of the speech. This appears to be a particular fault of ebooks generally, especially if you need to increase the fount size to read comfortably. Dickens, of course, is a five star author, but the formatting faults are too glaringly obvious for a hardcopy reader to put up with, and therefore I've knocked off a couple of stars for that reason.
The illustrations range from the originals to relatively modern and add interest, although I think I'd prefer to just see the originals myself, for the sake of uniformity and consistency.