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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS - BUY THE BOOK INSTEAD, 1 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Queen and I (Kindle Edition)
I would like to start by saying that this is one of my all time favourite books of all time...its brilliant! It's an excellent read all round. The story has laughs a-plenty and will certainly squeeze the odd tear from your eye and all in all its an interesting topic handled really well. It's one of those books that is "easy" to read, we're not talking high brow stuff with lots of complicated words so a certain amount of distraction and wandering mind won't hinder your reading (good for the beach or such).

Now, the bad bit. I recently got my Kindle and decided that rather than start a new book I would read one of my old favourites. I was concerned that the "novelty" of the new reading medium would distract me from any new story I might read and so opted for The Queen and I...easy to read and I know it virtually word for word. THE KINDLE VERSION IS APPAULING. There are spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical errors and at various points in the book passages have been moved out of place (if I hadn't read it before I wouldn't have had a clue what was going on). I'm not talking about the odd mistake mind, we're talking every other page here....its disgusting and I was really concerned that this was the standard for all Kindle books (I've read two more now and this isn't the case at all, with the exception of one misplaced comma the other two books were error free).

I probably wouldn't feel so aggrieved if it wasn't for the fact that the Kindle version is practically the same price as the book. If a traditional book was published with this degree of errors in it a proof reader somewhere would be hung out to dry and the book would be recalled so why does the publisher think its acceptable to publish an e-book in this state? Outrageous!

Buy the book, read it, enjoy it and then read it again...don't bother with the Kindle version!
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2012 20:14:05 BDT
Jackie says:
I am halfway through this book on Kindle and although I am loving the story, the mistakes you mentioned are frustratingly annoying. I had to re-read several parts to understand what was happening. Did no one proof read the Kindle version? I have read a dozen Kindle books and this is the first to have these problems. If it had been one of the free books rather than one I'd paid for I would have given up on it.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2013 00:11:30 GMT
MarkP says:
The Kindle versions of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are also atrociously typeset. I complained to Amazon but it didn't get me anywhere.
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