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Oh dear. Let down by formatting - again
on 2 February 2012
The Kindle is an excellent device, but it is let down hugely by the way many books have bad formatting of the text, or where the Optical Character Recognition process itself produces errors. I wonder if the Kindle books are proof-read at all?
This book is a perfect example of the way in which these errors turn what would otherwise be a useful book into a vehicle to confuse anyone who might wish to use it as a textbook, or at least an adjunct to school maths. In paper format it would be excellent and a good read for anybody wishing to brush up on or to take maths further than school.
Examples of the poor, or careless, format abound.
Mixed fractions are shown in different styles in different places, and it is often not clear what is meant. In one place "24/5" really means two and four fifths (2[space]4/5), but that is not how it appears. 0.6 recurring is shown as "0.6" (no dot over the 6), which is incorrect and confusing.
Many equations and things such as the square root sign are sometimes (but not every time) shown as ugly images, and grey with a lack of contrast. The "timeline" at the end of each topic is in incredibly small text and cannot be enlarged or even read.
Further difficulties and ambiguities show up in the logic section where the equivalence symbol (three horizontal lines) is rendered as an equals sign. Other special symbols such as the logical "and" are rendered as a question mark in a box.
Even Einstein's famous equation is in one place referred to as "E = xmc2" (the "2" is correctly shown in superscript). The equation is shown correctly on the next page!
In summary, this is a good book, but definitely to be avoided in Kindle format as the Kindle format is annoying, confusing and in some cases downright wrong.