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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition lacks quality formatting, 27 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Android Application Development For Dummies® (Kindle Edition)
I think there are enough reviews on the actual content of this book (so far, after a couple of sessions with it it seems up to the mark) but the Kindle edition needs a little more comment.

The text content, I'm sure, must be exactly the same as the paperback, but in the Kindle edition every change of typeface, through the cycle: variable pitch, to fixed pitch, and back to variable pitch, forces a line break. So, text like "Expand the gen folder", where "gen" is fixed pitch because of the typographical conventions in the book, the word "folder" appears on the next line. Actually, I'm not convinced that it's even that predictable. For instance, "The gen folder contains Java files generated by ADT. The ADT creates an R.java file" breaks after "gen" and after "R.java", which isn't how the text should flow. Landscape or portrait, Kindle proper or Kindle app on the PC, it makes no difference to this awkward flow.

This volume would have half the Kindle "locations" if the text flowed properly.

Update: I gave this four stars initially because the author's work is fine, and the problem was the Kindle edition and not what the author was saying, but now I've moved further on in the volume I've decided to drop to three stars. When you get to the program listings (which you would see immediately if you "flicked" through the paperback version) they are unreadable on the Kindle device! I view reference material in landscape as this usually helps with such things, particularly PDFs, but there is no way to view these listings properly - they're all over the place. :-( You can download the source code, but that's really only useful when you can't make something work properly (or need the .png files, etc) - it's not the initial teaching aid. On the PC app you can resize the page width to accomodate the listings, but that's not necessarily always the most convenient way of using the content.

3 out of 5 because the author's done a good job here, but the format lets it down.
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