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PHOTO-REDUCED TO ILLEGIBILITY - AVOID
on 14 September 2011
These paperbacks are said to be printed to order. They are sourced from bad photocopies. This book needs to be typed and printed properly. Even printing them larger wouldn't work as some areas are pale and others show only parts of letters, particularly in the definitions. The Anglo-Saxon words are printed so boldly that the tiny white-space areas in the tiny letters are muddied-over by the spreading toner in the grain of the paper, some letters are muddied together into a smear, even in the pronunciation tables near the front of the book. The lines dividing sections are incomplete. There are 3 columns per page. I can't find any instance of the letter/rûne þ (Thorn)which is represented by muddy versions of the letter eth (Ð, ð). I like þ much better.
152 mm wide
228 mm tall
24 mm thick
It is an abuse of technology to reduce print to such miniscule size that it can't be printed properly, let alone interpreted with a magnifying glass. It is not "green" to produce shoddy goods that are not fit for purpose or human use. They wasted the recycled paper they used to make this book. Dictionaries should be well-made, like kitchen knives, to last a long time, to have sharp print, to be durable, to be free from defects. We are supposed to be advancing as a species. Distance-selling shoddy goods should be an international crime against humanity.
This book was hiding amongst the format/buying options for a (hopefully better) republication of the same old book: Medieval Academy reprints for teaching (MART: The Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching) [Paperback] and has somehow stolen the 3 other reviews from this (hopefully better) book to praise itself! Look closely in the review headers!