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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Kindle version, 14 Jun. 2011
This review is from: How I Escaped My Certain Fate (Kindle Edition)
The Kindle version of this book is riddled with typos and mysterious line breaks. I can forgive the odd typo of two but not when they appear with such consistency that they destroy the flow and enjoyment of a book.

The most regularly occurring mistake is the word Comedian which mostly appears split into 'Com' and 'edian' - not something you really want in a book about a standup comedian. There are also numerous instances where lines are mysteriously broken, half way across. Granted, these mistakes don't render the book unreadable. But they are an unwanted distraction - a bit like an annoying click on a CD.

Having created a few ebooks myself, I know exactly how these typos occurred. Word Processing programmes like Word insert all kinds of mysterious hidden spaces and breaks that don't show up in most situations but do when you create an ePub or mobi files. That's why publishers should proofread their ebooks on devices like Kindles as well manuscripts printed from PDFs. It doesn't cost a lot of money. It doesn't take very much time. But unfortunately, such is the attitude of publishers to ebooks, most of them couldn't be bothered.

The most infuriating thing? The e-version of this book costs more than the paper version!

I thought long and hard before posting this review. The book Stewart Lee has written doesn't deserve a one-star review. As the other reviewers have testified it is funny, thoughtful and well-written. But the Kindle version, as a product, is faulty. It has flaws that render it unfit for purpose and people thinking of buying it should be warned.

Sadly, it's the only way to make publishers pick up their game. Bad reviews on Amazon upset authors and their agents. It's the only thing publishers react to.

My advice? Save a pound - and the aggravation - and buy the paperback version instead.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2011 17:05:46 BDT
I completely agree - I love the book itself, however the Kindle version is just abysmal from a grammar perspective. Just reeks of laz iness and inc ompintence.

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 11:54:54 BDT
Gideon Pepys says:
Thanks.

I was about to buy the Kindle version but, until someone posts a review saying that these errors have been cleared up, I won't.

I am shocked by the poor standard of many ebooks and am beginning to regret my purchase of a Kindle.

Posted on 30 Jul 2011 14:21:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2011 14:27:08 BDT
W. Rodick says:
Review saved me a fiver. I had this book eyed and a Cromwell biography by A. Fraser which suddenly becomes much better value for 700 pages. And I'm currently reading 'Never Have Your Dog Stuffed' by Alan Alda - difficult to believe his comic history could be bettered. But the contrast with Lee tickled me.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 21:35:58 GMT
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Posted on 23 Jul 2013 14:32:31 BDT
Nick Taylor says:
A more recent review says this has been fixed.
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