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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book let down by sloppy Kindle conversion, 3 May 2011
This review is from: Alex's Adventures in Numberland (Kindle Edition)
I've just finished reading the Kindle edition of this book and really enjoyed it, but just had to comment on the slap-dash approach to the reproductions of most of the maths and equations in it.

Wherever a fraction is used in text, it's set in a minuscule font that most of the time is impossible to read. Similarly many of the more esoteric characters used when discussing alternate number systems or concepts are represented by tiny grey smudges.

Where longer equations are reproduced, they are often typo-riddled, or inconsistently transcribed. Sometimes powers are raised above the line, other times they're just a standard numeral. At other times the typos go beyond simple typographic quirks to the point of making the equations just plain wrong. Amusingly, throughout the book it insists that the symbol for infinity is "8".

I highly recommend the book, but if you're at all interested in the numbers you'll probably enjoy a paper version more.
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Initial post: 23 May 2011 17:59:47 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
very interesting comment on the kindle translation: pull your socks up please Amazon, as this is exactly the reason why I've been loathe to purchase on Kindle. That is, I've been concerned about irritating errors creeping in during the process.

Posted on 6 Jun 2011 18:10:29 BDT
Dr. J. Reade says:
Thank you for this review of the Kindle version - I was just about to buy this for my Kindle, but will now get a paper copy instead. I love the Kindle and transfer of text to the e-version is the only thing that (occasionally) lets it down.

Posted on 14 Aug 2011 13:47:46 BDT
This is a really helpful review. Having browsed the title in book shops I though I might like it on my Kindle as I know from experience of similar books about maths that I need to re-read , or refer back, to gain a proper understanding. Having read the positive reviews I shall go for the paper edition.

Posted on 12 May 2012 18:31:18 BDT
Agree that the font for fractions is tiny (though if you're desperate you can always zoom in a bit). But not being of a mathermatical bent, I had no idea there were typos in the actual calculations, so thank you for pointing that out to people for whom it will be significant. Hey, who knows - perhaps it was the typos, and not my non-math brain, that made me so confused when trying to follow the workings? What a pleasant thought! Though unlikely...

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 21:46:27 GMT
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