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on 30 June 2011
I was persuaded to buy this edition of the Arabian Nights by the low price and the claim that it was, to quote the publisher Halcyon Classics, "the complete text with minor errors and omissions corrected" and that it had "a fully active table of contents".

The price is not low enough:

*The active index is only at the volume level, i.e. you can go to the beginning of each of the sixteen volumes, but not to any individual story.
*Burton provided hundreds of footnotes; there is no linking between the footnote indicators and the footnotes and the indicators are distractingly embedded in the text.
*With occasional exceptions (and then only by capitalising the text) there is no typographical distinction between the story headings and the rest of the text.
*Typos abound, the most irritating being the substitution of "shine" for "thine" throughout. Words are hyphenated in the middle of lines or contain spaces.

The impression given is that an old edition was scanned, machine converted to text and an automatic spelling check run. Lazy, sloppy work.
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on 12 July 2011
I agree with everything the previous reviewer wrote.
Don't buy this book. It's not worth the money, Evan if it was free.

The book is badly formatted. It is basically one block of text, making it hard to read. Full of spelling errors and occasional punctuation.
It is in dire need of a proof reader.
It is basicly the best example you will find, of how not to produce an e-book.
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Here are the full sixteen volumes of 'The Arabian Nights', as translated by Sir Richard Burton. I think that everyone must be aware of and read the more famous ones of these, or I should say the more tame ones. Don't be fooled that this is a nice clean book for your child, because this book contains all the stories, and that includes some that are for adult eyes.

Burton originally published ten volumes, and then added to them with six other supplemental volumes, all of which are contained herein. If you want to read all the stories in the original unexpurgatd version that Burton intended, then this is it, it is also probably the best collection of the tales in English. You will have plenty of tales to keep you more than entertained.
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on 4 January 2013
The formatting for this ebook is utter garbage. Well, to be more precise, there's no formatting (the entire book is a single paragraph), and no structure (it's not split into stories).
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on 21 April 2013
I have a hard backed copy of this but it was so amusing I bought a kindle version to take travelling with me. The
stories are so ingeniously written and one story runs into the next without your even knowing. Brilliant reading!!!
A must have in your bookshelf!
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on 31 October 2013
Well written. The language is evocative and creative although there are words that just aren't in general use these days so a dictionary is useful when ready it. I'm enjoying it so far but it's very very long so this review is only a snippet of the whole book.
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on 9 January 2016
I wish I had read the reviews first. It was cheap and with good reason. No clear navigation around the book. Totally dreadful and I deleted it completely the same day.
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on 7 November 2013
This is the only complete translation of the corpus. Burton's English is, however, often peculiarly stilted. Even so, hiswork is indispensable for any serious student.
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on 25 August 2014
I haven't read yet, but this is so nice. (and very cheap compared with paperback)
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on 13 October 2015
Rambles. No sense of direction. Gave it up after the first fifty pages.
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