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1.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Kindle Edition only, 14 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction, Second Edition (Springer Series in Statistics) (Hardcover)
This review is not meant to be a review for the paper edition of an otherwise excellent book, but it is only specific to the Kindle edition.
Obviously one can't expect the same quality of a printed book, but the quality of the Kindle edition is absolutely awful. All the mathematical formulas have been converted into some kind of bitmap images all of extremely poor quality, such that they are barely readable and sometimes completely wrong (i.e. different from what you read in the printed edition).
I don't know if this is a common problem for Kindle editions of books containing mathematical formulas/tables/images, but it is surprising that Amazon is selling this edition at more than £30: given the quality of the mathematical formulas, images and tables therein this book shouldn't be sold at all in the Kindle edition, not even given away for free!
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 15:49:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2011 15:50:59 GMT
J. Cotter says:
From my sketchy knowledge of consumer protection legislation, if the Kindle edition is not "fit for purpose" it can be returned for a refund. Illegible equations appear to qualify in a stats book.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2013 18:34:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Mar 2013 18:35:20 GMT
Alex_JJ says:
I bought a Kindle edition of a book with lots of mathematics. The formulae were unreadable and there was no problem with getting a refund. I suppose there is a trade-off between the publisher getting stuff online and spending the time checking the book is actually readable (although one might want to dispute this considering the amount charged).

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 13:14:02 BDT
The author offers an electronic version of the book for free (in pdf format) and you can send it in your Kindle. There's no point in buying a kindle edition of this book.
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