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Kindle version: sloppy treatment of beloved classic
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2011
When Beatrix Potter created her books originally, her intention was to offer children beautiful books in a size comfortable for small hands. The books in their original form are in fact lovingly produced, and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is one of the best of an excellent lot. The simple text and richly detailed but focused illustrations harmonize beautifully with one another and align perfectly with one another. You don't have to hunt through the book to find the picture that matches the text, it's right there on the facing page. Sadly, this doesn't appear to be true with the current Kindle editions. The free Kindle version has no illustrations at all, though the text appears clean enough, and the version currently listed for $.99 has the full-color illustrations (if your e-reader supports color), which is wonderful, but they are separated from the text so you cannot look at both picture and text at the same time - an important feature for illustrated children's books. Then, too, where print editions of Beatrix Potter tales feature text so carefully laid out on the page it might be mistaken for poetry, the Kindle text (in the illustrated version) appears with all sorts of unexpected line breaks, for example between the letter "O" and "nce" in the beginning sentence "once upon a time. You can tell what happened - they just took a file of typeset text (with an over-sized initial cap.) and converted it to plain text without bothering to clean it up for the Kindle version. Very sad. Yes, it's an incredible bargain price at $.99, but I would much rather pay more to have someone take just a little time with adapting the beautiful original work to a new and potentially marvelous, child-friendly medium.