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Mark McFarlane

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Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« on: May 05, 2012, 10:45:09 am »

Has anyone used the Kindle version of McCarthy's Sound Systems: Design and Optimization... 2nd Edition?  I am considering getting it for my iPad and MacBook with the Kindle reader.  I'm trying to make my life paperless

Also, anyone know the price. Amazon only tells me 'its not available at your location', but I'll be in the USA in a few days so I assume I can buy it there.  Also, there eis a landscape paperback edition for $260 and up from 8 sellers on Amazon. What's up with that?

Can't decide between the portrait print edition or the Kindle edition...

I'm 57 and my eyes aren't the greatest......
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Re: Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 10:57:09 am »

Has anyone used the Kindle version of McCarthy's Sound Systems: Design and Optimization... 2nd Edition?  I am considering getting it for my iPad and MacBook with the Kindle reader.  I'm trying to make my life paperless

Also, anyone know the price. Amazon only tells me 'its not available at your location', but I'll be in the USA in a few days so I assume I can buy it there.  Also, there eis a landscape paperback edition for $260 and up from 8 sellers on Amazon. What's up with that?

Can't decide between the portrait print edition or the Kindle edition...

I'm 57 and my eyes aren't the greatest......

I have it in paper back, so cannot comment on the Kindle edition's readability....but I can tell you that the 2009 edition for Kindle is $57.06 on Amazon right now.

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Re: Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 12:37:15 pm »

I have both editions in paperback.  Landscape is the first edition, portrait is the second edition.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 02:54:34 pm »

I have the kindle version. It wasn't a great choice because my Kindle is black and white so the diagrams and pics look terrible. I just wanted as a portable reference though, so in that way it's handy. I dunno if there's a color Kindle or a color ebook version?
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Re: Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 09:21:35 pm »

The portrait edition is the latest one.  The few previews I've seen online are in color, perhaps readable in pdf form?  I would love to hear from others who have a digital edition of the book, as the paper edition too heavy to carry around everywhere I go.  I have both the landscape and portrait editions, one of them signed by Bob.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 09:55:52 pm »

I have the kindle version. It wasn't a great choice because my Kindle is black and white so the diagrams and pics look terrible. I just wanted as a portable reference though, so in that way it's handy. I dunno if there's a color Kindle or a color ebook version?

The Kindle app for iPad is color. I have 2 copies of the landscape paperback, one I bought, one I won in a drawing.

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 01:50:52 am »

Mark, I have the Kindle App on my droid phone.  I downloaded the sample of Bob's book to try the legibility and color stuff.

My only complaint is that the app does not allow me to zoom in on the graphic content.  The color graphics are in color.

If anyone is using the Kindle App on a larger tablet device or with the color Kindle, I, too, would like to know how the graphics are handled.
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Re: Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2012, 05:39:09 am »

The Kindle app for iPad is color. I have 2 copies of the landscape paperback, one I bought, one I won in a drawing.

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Mac, I understand the Kindle app for iPad supports color, but have you seen McCarthy's book in color on a Kindle Fire or iPad?  What was the experience like?
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2012, 09:05:41 am »

Mark, I have the Kindle App on my droid phone.  I downloaded the sample of Bob's book to try the legibility and color stuff.

My only complaint is that the app does not allow me to zoom in on the graphic content.  The color graphics are in color.

If anyone is using the Kindle App on a larger tablet device or with the color Kindle, I, too, would like to know how the graphics are handled.
Mac, I understand the Kindle app for iPad supports color, but have you seen McCarthy's book in color on a Kindle Fire or iPad?  What was the experience like?

I just looked at the sample from the Kindle store. The graphics and photos are in color, and you can pinch zoom on both. When you zoom on a graphic it takes over the screen and you have to close the zoomed graphic to retun to the text.

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 11:37:55 am »

I just looked at the sample from the Kindle store. The graphics and photos are in color, and you can pinch zoom on both. When you zoom on a graphic it takes over the screen and you have to close the zoomed graphic to retun to the text.

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Thanks Mac, your effort was far above and beyond...
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2012, 01:29:19 pm »

I read the Kindle version on my iPad. The book had a few strange formatting issues on the iPad, but it seemed to work well. I've read several books on the iPad and generally like them.

I didn't necessarily agree with everything Mr McCarthy had to say, but as far as the reading of the book on the iPad, I liked it.

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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2012, 11:59:52 pm »

Thanks everyone for your help.  After I got to the USA I was able to download the Kindle trial.  I tried it on my iPad on on a 17" Mac Pro.  Even though I like the concept of eBooks, particularly as references, I went ahead and bought the paper copy.  Seems like a good book for the couch and a highlighter...

It would be nice, and reasonable, if publishers offered you the eBook for free, or for a modest additional price, when you buy a hardcopy book.  Most DVD's and CDs provide a way to rip to your computer,...
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 04:51:24 am »

Thanks everyone for your help.  After I got to the USA I was able to download the Kindle trial.  I tried it on my iPad on on a 17" Mac Pro.  Even though I like the concept of eBooks, particularly as references, I went ahead and bought the paper copy.  Seems like a good book for the couch and a highlighter...

It would be nice, and reasonable, if publishers offered you the eBook for free, or for a modest additional price, when you buy a hardcopy book.  Most DVD's and CDs provide a way to rip to your computer,...
I agree! The book is also extremely heavy to read while lying in bed so I would realy like to have it as a pdf aswell.
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Re: Bob McCarthy's book on Kindle ?
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2012, 09:35:06 am »

I agree! The book is also extremely heavy to read while lying in bed so I would realy like to have it as a pdf aswell.


hey, yeah just finally pulled the trigger and bought the kindle version of this the other day. While it's great to be able to read it on the kindle device and have it so portable (great for the road), some of the diagrams and charts are a little hard to read on that wee black and white screen so it's also an advantage to have the kindle application on your PC/Mac/iPad and be able to see them large and in full colour when you need to.


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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2012, 09:38:27 am »

Having struggled for a month to read this thing, I wanted to add that the writing style drives me nuts.  It's not too technical (20 years ago I could derive the acoustic wave equation on 3 pages of paper from a few simple laws), its all the extra 'stuff' in the text that makes the reading so slow.  I'd prefer a dryer reference book.  Still, the book is chocked full of great information, only the presentation style makes it painful for me to read, I keep saying to myself 'get to the point'.
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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2012, 08:32:56 pm »

I didn't necessarily agree with everything Mr McCarthy had to say, but as far as the reading of the book on the iPad, I liked it.

Where do you disagree with him?
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2012, 11:13:09 pm »

Thanks to all for the information here. Most of it about the electronic version is news to me. I have no control over how the electronic versions are formatted and they don't give me copies or even tell me when they come out or who is carrying them. I can only tell you that the original graphics are very high res and it was a fight of the ages to get them as big as possible in the print version. I redrew EVERY graphic probably 3x to try to outwit the formatting computer and get the max size I could. They are typically 1900x 1200 pixels. It would be my expectation that most of the graphics - the ones with data plots and/or charts would require a zoom function. The question is whether they take you to a hi-res pic or just zoom up the thumbnail. Hopefully it is the hi-res because otherwise the zoom is useless.
If it works right the graphics should look something like this one.
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2012, 09:19:18 pm »

The question is whether they take you to a hi-res pic or just zoom up the thumbnail. Hopefully it is the hi-res because otherwise the zoom is useless.
If it works right the graphics should look something like this one.
Hi Bob, just bought the kindle version, and tried it out on my iPad.  Overall I'm very pleased, certainly is much lighter in weight, just can't get used to not having page numbers to refer to (it's an electronic book).  I checked out the graphic you posted, and can report that they are in the kindle book at a mid range resolution, not quite as high as the one you posted here, but still extremely readable.  Certainly not a thumbnail.  Definitely in colour and very zoomable.  Now I have something I can read on those long plane rides across the country!

So how do I get you to autograph my kindle version of your book??   :P
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2012, 01:50:40 pm »

Interesting thread particularly given my situation.  This might be a marketplace post and I'm sure the powers that be will make it know if so.  I have two copies of  the Bob McCarthy book, one still in an unopened Amazon carton.  I meant to have one for myself and one for the shop.  My copy has migrated into being the shop copy after all and hasn't been as hard to retrieve when needed as I thought it might be ( based on the other books in the shop library ).  Upshot being I have a spare, brand spanking new paper copy that I would trade for a Kindle copy.  Based on the prices on Amazon last week this should be a screaming good deal.  You buy me a Kindle copy and cover the cost of shipping the paper book and I send it to you. let me know if anyone is interested.
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