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1.0 out of 5 stars Cynical, 17 Jan 2012
This review is from: The 39 Steps - Greenmantle - Prester John. (A Collection of John Buchan's Novels) (Kindle Edition)
These are just texts ripped straight from Project Gutenberg, and include formatting (even typos) that are identical to those freely available files. The only new thing is an atrociously written and inaccurate introduction. I expect more value to be added to a paid-for product. Otherwise I'd just email the Gutenberg files to my Kindle.

It appears to be published by an exponent of online get-rich-quick schemes - the book links to his website and a number of dodgy-looking sign-up schemes, including the 'Bum Marketing Method', which teaches 'Bums' how to 'Earn Money from Thin Air!' Presumably by passing off shoddy eBooks that are just cheap enough that no one will complain about how badly they have been formatted and edited. Until now.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2012 12:52:36 GMT
J. Anderson says:
Many thanks, I wanted to read this book and have now downloaded from Project Gutenberg for free.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012 14:04:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2012 14:04:47 GMT
Paddington says:
No problem! The free Gutenberg files are okay but not very pretty to look at. Personally I do prefer some of the nicely formatted and proofread Kindle / eBook editions that are out there: The 39 Steps (mousecatcher Classics) and The 39 Steps are the best. The Vintage Classics edition, with Edwardian illustrations, was good (if expensive), but no longer seems to be available.

What I can't stand are those editions which have simply slapped a cover on the Gutenberg files and deigned to charge for it. What value, exactly, have they added?
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