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[Axiom-developer] Got copy of new book!

From: C Y
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Got copy of new book!
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:46:46 -0800 (PST)

Got my copy of the new tutorial - ordered it through barnes and noble
to use a gift certificate.

Immediate comments:

I like the binding - clean, simple and functional.  We'll see how the
paper quality holds up over time, but at least at the get-go it doesn't
look too bad.

I am somewhat dismayed by the print quality - I don't know if it was
the printer or the fonts, or perhaps they converted the pdf to a bitmap
before printing - but the text print quality is well short of what I
would have expected.  The edges of letters seem "ragged" or uneven,
which sort of gives the impression that you are looking at a
copy-machine copy and not the output from a digital printing with
awareness of fonts.  This could be a function of my copy being an early
print, or maybe the press was having a bad day, but if this is standard
quality lulu will need to upgrade their abilities some.

I was also surprised by the large margins on the outer side and the
bottom - didn't we format to use the full page?  Or, if that makes the
page count too short or if we wanted the smaller content-per-page
format for better reading couldn't we have gone with a smaller printing
size than 8.5x11?  Failing that, couldn't they have centered the
content instead of leaving the big margins?  Or is that a stylistic
decision?  I know it's a nitpick, and I don't mean to sound harsh -
just curious as to the reason for this particular decision.  It's not a
formatting style I've seen in any other printed book I can recall.

Haven't had a chance to read much of it yet (just got it at lunch) so I
can't review the content yet.  

Nitpicks aside, thanks Tim et. al. for making this possible!


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