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Seems a good book ...... but the formatting?
on 21 August 2017
Saw this on sale yesterday. I like ol'skol sci-fi, so glanced through the summaries and reviews, thought I remembered reading a paper version of one some time back - and ended up buying several 'sagas' (series) worth of the author's books. Eight books in total.
Started reading this last night ......... then stopped after about 30 pages.
Why, you may ask, it seems a bit soon to lose interest in the story?
The writing style is easy to read - and the backdrop, descriptions and character, seem interesting enough. BUT did they forget to format it?
I'd started reading it on my iPad, then switched to my Kindle Fire, just in case it was a device/app issue, but no, its the same on both. The layout 'to the eye' is almost a single 'large text block'. Paragraph endings don't quite run into each other, but there is no' white space' gap between paragraphs ......
Reading those first 30 pages certainly made me remember everything I'd read about 'how people read' and the importance of layout to the ease of scanning the page - like 'visual cue' meta punctuation.
This is a long book (1000+ pages) and, if its all in this layout, its going to be a very hard read. A quick flick through the pages of several of the books suggests it may be. Oooooops.
I've read quite a few ebooks now and I've never seen one - not even the fresh faced indie 'fan fiction' - with such poor formatting. Given the effort that went into writing the book, this has to be a publishing 'bug' right? Please rerun the 'convert to ebook' program again, but this time with the 'space between paragraph' box ticked. I hope they fix it soon, as I don't know if my tired 'just before bedtime' brain can handle the layout.
If the formatting were better I'd have given it a 4 at this stage. I hope they fix it.