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Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0254  Sunday, 27 June 2010

[1]  From:      Jeffrey Bauman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:      June 23, 2010 4:54:08 PM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0250  Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love

[2]  From:      William Sutton < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:      June 24, 2010 1:52:46 AM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0250  Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love
 

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From:         Jeffrey Bauman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 23, 2010 4:54:08 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0250  Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0250  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

As a Kindle user who has experienced some of these problems, I'd be curious to see what
Amazon says but I think I have some idea of what caused the issues. Because it's possible
(and, for some of us, desirable) to set the font size on the screen, there is no such thing
as a page as there is in a book. The result is that the formatting of a paper edition cannot
be brought into the Kindle. Rather than having page numbers, the Kindle has "location"
numbers which do not track the pages in the book. I'm now reading James Shapiro's _Contested
Will_ where the image problem has occurred and I've found it in other books as well.

I'd be curious to see if anyone has any other ideas.

Jeff Bauman

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From:         William Sutton < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 24, 2010 1:52:46 AM EDT
Subject: 21.0250  Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0250  Kindle and iPod Versions of Shakespeare, Sex and Love

I hope all goes well with the mangled transmission of text via the new media. Looking forward
to reading the book.

All the best
Will

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