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Doctor Who and the Daleks [Kindle Edition],
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This is a mainly-technical review of version 1.0 for the Kindle.
Firstly, it is great to see what I hope is a long line of reprints of the classic Doctor Who target novels. I never read many of them when I was young so what better way to do it now in electronic format. So, onto the important stuff:
The formatting is generally good. It replicates the print-edition nicely, including all the illustrations. Thankfully (and this is a big "thankfully"!) the book includes navigation points along the progress bar, something which is often missed even by mainstream publishers. There is a linked Table of Contents; it's a bit spaced out and runs across two pages, but that's incidental.
The title page takes the form of an image rather than sizeable text, which is a little puzzling when you consider that it's actually very easy to replicate that page's layout on the Kindle, right down to the iconic horizontal lines that encase the author and TV serial credits. In fact, the Kindle version of Doctor Who and the Crusaders does just this.
Now onto some gripes:
*UPDATED* - "Page Numbers" are now set for this book on my Kindle a couple of days after downloading. This is probably because this feature is not built into the actual book files but relies on communicating with the ISBN number of the print edition.
There is a misplacement of the "Beginning" (#start) tag which knocks out the heading formatting of Neil Gaiman's introduction. If selected though normal navigation or the TOC, it's fine. It's a basic error which a lot of publishers make and is easy to fix (are you reading this, BBC Books?).
For some reason, the book's default font has been forced-down by one size so that the font size on screen does not match the size-options on the Kindle's font menu. The standard font size of any book released on the Kindle should match the default size, which is the third option of nine. The font size in this book (and the others it seems) matches the second-smallest option. This means that, in most cases, the sizes that appear on the font menu will always be one size higher than what you see on-screen. This is a sloppy oversight; the Kindle is designed for users to select the most comfortable font-size themselves.
Even sloppier is that someone has made the decision to reformat the cover image to fit the dimensions of the Kindle screen exactly. What we are left with is a distorted image of the classic cover we all know and love. Kindles are designed to manualy zoom images to a "best fit", either horizontally or vertically. It's clear that this is a conscious decision rather than a mistake because the Kindle simply does not automatically resize/skew images. Ultimately, this was the wrong decision to make.
Overall, Doctor Who and the Daleks is one of the better-formatted books for your Kindle, but there are some wildly glaring errors and poor decisions that deserve to be addressed for an updated version.