Management Information Systems Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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However it really should be described as a PDF of the textbook, not a Kindle ebook. The text size cannot be changed, since it is essentially just a picture of the page. That means that on a retina iPad it is still difficult to read the page without zooming in, and eye strain and frustration sets in quickly.
The only positive has been that you can search the text, however even that works fairly slowly due to the size of the file.
I would recommend you buy the paper version of the book until this publisher figures out how to implement an e-textbook correctly. Or make it a heck of a lot cheaper in the Kindle version.
It takes way to long to get through each chapter. The sweet spot for textbooks is about 25-45 minutes a chapter. This makes it easier for the reader to stay engaged, retain the information they've read, and prevents some of the "how much longer is this chapter going to be" issues. Good luck getting through any of the chapters in this book in under an hour. There are 14 chapters and 540+ pages contained within those 14 chapters. This means that each chapter is roughly 30 pages (not counting the post chapter material). I'd say the average reader will spend anywhere between an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half getting through a chapter. You could probably drop that time a little by skipping the interactive session readings, but they are one of the few interesting spots in the book.
The first few chapters are also very disjointed, bouncing from random topic to random topic. There is some good information in this book, but unless you absolutely have to have it for a class, don't get it.
The content is outdated. Not helpful for an IT class where the industry changes so quickly. Most content and case studies are from 2009, and forecasts to 2012 are frequently mentioned.
It's a bad sign if this book is the basis of your class.
I am a huge fan of textbooks in Kindle format, but this book is the exception...stay away from it, it is not worth the headache. This is a prime example of where I would fully support stripping of DRM (these people are fortunate I am not technical enough to figure this out!) -- I paid a more than fair price for this text, and now am highly inconvenienced as to how I can actually use it for my class.
If you have to read this for class, skim through it or you are going to waste countless hours.