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Complete and utter rubbish - returned for a refund
on 29 January 2017
Why don't people who self-publish check out how proper publishers lay out their books? Why don't people who self-publish employ a copy editor?
I ordered this book hoping that it would make a good text book for a beginners' course that I about to teach. I couldn't credibly do so.
It is entirely in black and white (well, shades of grey as the printing is terrible for a photography book). There are pages where the caption appears as the only text on a white page on the reverse of the image. There are even blank pages. The font used is HUGE, presumably to cover up for the fact that there's very few words. The layout is such that there's no inner margins and the outer ones are minimal - meaning that the text disappears into the binding. There are a few images that appear to have been taken from professionally designed graphics - they are sharp and optimised for the print quality, but the vast majority of actual photographs are fuzzy - probably because of the dire printing. The prose is fluent, but there are very few sub-headings making it hard to find anything directly from the table of contents. There's no index. None of the images are credited - if they are the work of the author, then even then I'd expect this, but I doubt if the graphics are his.
There's even a typo on the back cover.
The photo attached shows an example of the words bleeding into the binding, and the caption to an image being completely disassociated from the image it refers to.