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An Historic Milestone, Ruined by Kindle,
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This review is from: The Nuremberg Trial (Kindle Edition)
First of all, could I make it clear that my low rating of this book is not reflective of the book itself. "The Nuremberg Trial" is superb and is probably the most definitive book-length work on this subject. (Incidentally, the print version credits John Tusa, as well as Ann Tusa.) No, my problem is with the Kindle version.
The Kindle version is PLAGUED (actually, that is a mild term) with typographical errors. Intermittently - and entirely unpredictably - an error appears which totally detracts from enjoyment of this first-rate history. For example, "Dahlerus" appears (several times) as "Dahlems" and "Gilbert" as "Gilbe5". These are only random examples of many. Worse, many of the typos are numbers.
Precision in numbers - quantities, dates - are somewhat important in a history; otherwise rubbish results. For example, referring to Speer's appearance in the witness box, the Kindle version says, "...he himself had struggled to prevent the destruction of Germany at Hitler's hands in 1941....From January 1941 he had given up all attempts to produce armaments..."
This is blatant nonsense. For anyone who has even a nodding acquaintanceship with the history of this period - or who has read the print version of this book - it is clear that the year quoted should be 1945.
This goes beyond merely spoiling the reader's enjoyment of an excellent book - it is destroying historical accuracy.
I mean, what is Amazon playing at? Do they not have any people proofreading Kindle editions? If so, why are they still holding their jobs? Can we introduce Amazon to the concept of a simple spelling checker?
In short, does Amazon pay any attention at all to quality control?
They are charging punters like you and me good money for a product which is faulty. UK consumer protection legislation gives us, the customers, certain rights and Amazon certain responsibilities.
It should be said that typos are found in many Kindle books - this is merely one of the worst examples.
The copyright holders for this work should also have words with Amazon in relation to the spoliation of their book on Kindle.
It will be interesting to see if and how Amazon reacts to this. Hopefully with a determination to improve lax and careless outputs such as this.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2014 01:03:57 BDT
Stafford Steve says:
I initially thought this comment was over the top, but the more I struggled with the increasingly unintellible text I began to think this was a mild response. Any book dealing with Germany should be able to cope with the German alphabet, and final digits on dates should not be transmuted into letters: 194j presumably means 1941, though it might mean almost any time in the 1940s. This reads like a still to be proof-read piece, which is just not good enough, especially when the printed version is fine. This is the worst piece of online material I have read, and with such an important and well written book is simply a disgrace.
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