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Great on paper, rubbish as an eBook
on 20 June 2013
Oh dear, oh dear, why are these types of guide just such rubbish as an eBook? I own and love most of the Collins Gem series of guides as paper books but why lug a knapsack paper books around when in theory you can have all of them ready for action in your SmartPhone, Tablet, etc. The answer is that every conversion I have seen so far of these guides is at best woeful to dire.
The attempts to link the key to the reference pages varies from barely acceptable to none existent. Cross references in detail pages have the paper book page numbers and no Hyperlinks. The searchable items section contains an index of items with paper book numbers and an apology that these numbers do not match the ebook use your readers search feature.
Such an attitude when the technology is perfectly capable of producing a reference ebook that is fully cross referenced and Hyperlinked, windows help files have been doing it for years.
These ebooks are simply not fit for purpose. Come on publishers, take a look a some of the excellent online reference guides and go back to the drawing board. A ebook reference guide should be quicker and easier to use than its paper equivalent not a shameful second best.
Also a warning. It appears that the reviews that appear here are for both paper and ebook versions so you need to bear this in mind when looking at reviews of anything that is not a straighforward read from cover to cover, i.e. fiction books.