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Old 11-09-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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MobileReference's huge collections of WORKS

Mobilereference is a company that packages together a number of Author collections.

I recently purchased two: Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope, and I can tell you that I'm VERY impressed by these. They're not perfect, and they're not as elegantly packaged as some of the collections here on MobileRead, but consider these points:

Imagine 50+ novels in one file, with cross links based on Chronological and Title, and further divided into Novels, Short Stories, and Plays. It's the idea of having 50 some-odd works by one author - rather than 50 files (and we all know how crazy it is on the Kindle because there's no Folder system - and being able to go to any individual work with just a few clicks. If there's one failing in these collections (and I'm not really sure I would classify it as a failing), it's that the Chapers are not hyperlinked. For me, this is not failing, as I don't read by "chapters," but rather by works.

Another plus is the price: For $4.79 this is a very real bargain.

Someone here put together a large number of Wilkie Collins titles, but they're scattered all over the place. I put together a number of Anthony Trollope titles myself, but I much prefer these incredibly large Author Collections from MobileReference, since they seem to suit the way I read.

I can highly recommend the two I purchased, and I'll be purchasing more in the very near future.

Has anyone else bought any of these and would like to comment on the quality and presentation of the offerings?


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Old 11-09-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Dr. Bob,

I agree completely. My first purchase from the Kindle Store was the Mobile Reference Classic Mystery Collection. It contains -- I don't know -- well over a hundred novels and stories, including a few which (I think) are still in copyright.

The formatting isn't great, but it's adequate. There are two separate ToCs: one is a straight list of titles, the other is organised by author. The authors' biographies are also referenced from the Toc (these are the usual Wikipedia extracts, but many of them include a picture of the author).

Another bonus is that the Sherlock Holmes stories include the original Sidney Paget illustrations.

I also agree that it's good to have so many titles in one place, rather than cluttering up the Kindle Home pages.

I'll definitely buy more of these collections -- that is, if I ever manage to finish this one.
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