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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting, 28 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Eloquent Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) (Kindle Edition)
The content might be incredible but I can't get to it for the appalling formatting of this e-book.

Code blocks are images - and therefore tiny fuzzy unreadable blobs on the Kindle.

Smaller code samples are set in type - but in a large font and fully justified. Inconceivable.

Take it back, Addison-Wesley, and fire the people doing your e-book formatting before they give you a bad reputation for shoddy merchandise.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2011 00:11:40 GMT
rjp,

I'm sorry you had problems with a kindle version.
Drop me a line either on twitter @russolsen or
russ@russolsen.com and tell me more. In particular
which device were you reading the book on. I will
make sure that your comments get back to
AW.

Russ Olsen

Posted on 14 Mar 2011 10:05:53 GMT
After previewing a sample on my latest generation Kindle I have to agree with reviewer rjp that the publisher's decision to render the majority of code samples as images makes for a pretty awful user experience. They are so small as to be barely legible. Yes, clicking on the image to view a magnified version improves readability but then we lose the text describing the code so that the "flow" is completely broken.

I have been looking forward to this book for a long time but, based on the sample download, am really disappointed at the current version for Kindle readers. Is there any chance that an improved version for Kindle readers could be made available ?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 11:01:31 BDT
A. Short says:
The Rails 3 Way has the same problems. I assume that all Addison Wesley Kindle books are formatted like this.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 21:54:42 BDT
Adam Howard says:
I believe this has since been fixed. As far as I can tell, the version I have only uses images for diagrams. All code is in text.

It has been perfectly readable, and I have even highlighted sections of the sample code itself.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 17:08:09 BDT
Thanks for the update Adam. Just downloaded a sample now and things look substantially better. Good to see the publisher fixing the problems like this.
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