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Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0250  Wednesday, 23 June 2010

From:         Stanley Wells < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 23, 2010 11:29:57 AM EDT
Subject:      Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love

The current Amazon USA list includes a wonderfully enthusiastic customer
review of my book Shakespeare, Sex and Love-written by someone I don't know,
I hasten to say-but remarks that the Kindle and iPod versions are
'atrocious. Many words are run together, others are hyphenated in impossible
ways. Shakespeare's texts were apparently clipped out as images rather than
texts, and pasted together so that, for instance, you get part of a sonnet
in one font, a few blank lines, and the rest of the sonnet in another font.
The iPod version is left- and right-justified without proportional spacing,
making it impossible to read. But don't let the bad editing deter you.
Perhaps the paper edition is edited correctly. The Kindle edition is
readable, despite the bad typesetting. This book is a masterpiece of
scholarship.' 

I should like to assure possible purchasers that the printed edition is
indeed 'edited correctly.' I have no knowledge of how the electronic
versions were transmitted, and am enquiring of the publishers.  The Amazon
listing also includes part of a review of an entirely different book. I have
told Amazon of this error.

Stanley Wells

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