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Prof. Brian Cox's How The Universe Will End (Collins Shorts, Book 1) by [Cox, Professor Brian]
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Prof. Brian Cox's How The Universe Will End (Collins Shorts, Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5133 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZUDYH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First things first, this is VERY short. Even within its meagre 20 pages there is space taken up with repetitions of sentences from the text in large ALL CAPS with one or two pictographic diagrams - not scientifics illustrations, but for example a clock to illustrate time.

I do not know enough about the science to approve or criticise its presentation but I did feel that things were rather skimmed over. I found myself wanting more explanation of the why and how of things. This was disappointingly shallow. I feel I learned more from the DVDs of Prof. Cox than from this, where usually one would expect a book (even just one chapter of it) to be more in depth.

Overall, I would hope that non-tie in books would be more in depth, but if this is supposed to be a loss leader to tempt me to purchase the rest of this particular book, it did not work.

For its length and lack of depth I feel it is rather overpriced at 99p, frankly.
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Far too short to consider buying. Absolute rip off. Annoyed at Dr Cox for putting his name on this shoddy rip off.
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Very few words, with some pages taken up by huge font 2-3 words.
Not even worth the sub £1 price.
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Collins promises an ebook "with the emphasis on vibrant design, animated content and expert authors" It also says in the description, "This ebook...delivers its full punch on devices that support colour and animation." and "This title has complex layouts and has been optimised for reading on devices with larger screens." I have tried it on several devices including the latest tablets and PCs. There's not a single animation, video, audio or even any simulated stills of the end of the universe. It does have some nice typography dispersed through it some 20 pages of text but it is most definitely not vibrant, rich, animated or complex. Amazon's Look Inside feature does not give any clues since it's only the first page and the cover. Come on Amazon pull your finger out and get some rich content in the Kindle Reader.
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With a name like 'Brian Cox' attached to it I was expecting much more. I know that it was an inexpensive publication but even so I don't consider it to have been value for money.

The book was a triumph of style over content. Many of the pages were full of a handful of words in a huge font. Eye-catching but little else.

This wouldn't have been such an issue if the content wasn't so pedestrian. I felt that it was aimed at an intelligent ten year old and I finished the book without any sense of awe and having learned little that I didn't already know.
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good content but i waited 2 months for this and it seemed like a chapter out of a book not a short.
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Didn't read the small print, this short precis of the book is just that, 5 minutes reading full of interesting facts but no depth. Buy the real thing and don't bother with this unless you are 8 or younger.
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This book is more of a pamphlet than a full length tome. The tone is light and it does what it says on the cover, but there is little detail or explanation and was something of a disappointment.
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