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The kindle version needs editing
on 1 March 2012
Do you remember the time when you cut and pasted something you had written in one wordprocessor program in to another? Remember how the lines were thrown out? How even words were split up?
Remember how you had to spend an eternity editing the damn thing? Putting the lines back in order - putting the words back together? After all you'd have felt too ashamed to send the ruddy thing out in the mutilated useless shape that it had assumed after you had unwisely decided to try and cut corners with a cut and paste stratagem wouldn't you?
This sense of shame does not, it appears, apply if you are called Penguin UK Ltd!!
This book does indeed consist of a fine selection of Tennyson's poems but enjoyment of such is rendered impossible by the shape that they have assumed after Penguin ported the edition over in to e-book format.
The lines meander across the page, seemingly following no pattern at all. It is not possible to replicate the effect by direct emulation here. I tried to do so but it is edited out when I submit the review for publication.
[Penguin please acquire the technology!!]
One line has the words " The stream flows". It appears half of the way across the page.
The next line - half way across the page reads : "10"
The following line, two thirds of the way across the page consists of the solitary letter "T"
The next line reads as follows "he wind blows."
It has to be seen to be believed. [ Please do not shell out any money in order to do so]
Man alive! I paid three times as much for this abortion as I would have for the paperback edition . I have seen cheap collected works editions of poetry - or public domain e-publications that are free to download - that are in better shape than this.
Do Penguin books have no sense of shame at all? Couldn't Penguin afford to hire an editor to put this thing in order before publishing it? [ Not to mention its other e-book editions of poetry - I also foolishly purchased the Penguin selected poems of Keats. It reads just like this one.]
There is no excuse for this. Faber also publishes e-book editions of its poetry collections. These have been prepared and edited properly. They can be read and enjoyed.
But as for Penguin - and as for this e-book in particular - my advice is
ive this one a miss
The way it has
been produced makes it imp
to enjoy the poems.
I will avoid all editions of Penguin poems in the future. I foolishly assumed, given Penguin's good name in the field of hard and paperback publishing that they would - like Faber- have brought the same sense of pride and hard work in to play when producing e-books. That expectation has been dashed. Do not buy this book.
A good selection of poems ruined by sloppy production values. There is no excuse for this. Other e-publishers - even ones that charge a few pounds for their products - do a better job than this. Buck up Penguin! This is not good enough!