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Useless on a Kindle
on 5 June 2011
I bought the Kindle edition of this book as I'm travelling from London through Russia to China and I'm fed up with carrying heavy guidebooks around me. I have used pdf chapters of other Lonely Planet Guides on my Kindle which are a little difficult to get used to navigating, but actually once you get the hang of it they're fine. More than compensate for the weight saved. I have printed off map pages as I find I refer to those a lot so it's helpful to have them seperately.
I'm in Russia and just starting to think about the China part of my trip and now realise that it's impossible to use this book on the Kindle.
The maps are the biggest issue, they are not usable - most of them are presented as a complete map and then in four parts on the following pages but with no care over where they've been cut off so information in on the edge. The Beijing map for the area around the Forbidden City is incredibly difficult to navigate, I can't find anything easily and I've been to Beijing before. As least with a pdf edition you can zoom in on a map and nudge around it.
Where there are chinese characters, they are substantially bigger than the rest of the text which make the page layout confusing in places. On one page with a map image I found all the text stacked up one word on each line and the image ran off the edge of the page and I couldn't find a way to view it.
I am also struggling to navigate to sections such as 'getting around' or 'sleeping' as you don't have the headers that you get with the book or pdf editions.
I don't think whoever designed this book for kindle has attempted to use it. It's basically useless - except for the sections that you simply want to read such as 'history'. If you want to use this book to help you get around, it is a complete waste of money. I will have to buy the pdfs instead.
Maybe it's OK on an ipad, they should make it clear that it doesn't work on a regular kindle. Very disapointing.