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This review is from: Information is Beautiful (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Author David McCandless deserves full marks for concept, design, and content of this book. It is indeed a beautiful and endlessly fascinating book that presents all sort of information from the profound to the trivial in a highly accessible way. It is the sort of thing that is ideal to dip into at random and know you are bound to come away with some new bit of knowledge, and I have no doubt our copy will end up very well-thumbed indeed.
So why the low marks? Those are for the publishers alone. A substantial number of the graphics here are missing the text that turns them from an abstract image into information. Some graphics seem to disappear off the edge of the page, others have a title but no legend to help decipher the image, graphs may show a legend for only one axis and leave the reader to guess the other. Frustratingly, the author's own website reveals that these errors were noticed in the American edition and he attempted to correct them before the British edition was printed, however the publishers opted to just publish the same book, errors and all.
This should be a stunning book with broad appeal, however in its present state I cannot honestly recommend paying for a copy.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2011 18:00:35 GMT
J. Marwood says:
I've bought 2 copies recently and both were fine. I'd suggest this error appears to have been corrected.
Posted on 9 Feb 2011 17:16:59 GMT
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Posted on 6 Oct 2011 20:36:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Oct 2011 20:37:13 BDT
David M says:
Hiya all - just a note to say that all the errors are fixed and were a long time ago. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks! David
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