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I am an educator, a published author, and a Title I Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. I have been serving as an educator for this district for 15 years. I graduated from CSUN with a BA in Biology and 2 Master's degrees (Biology and Educational Leadership-Administration) and a secondary teaching credential in Science. I have extensive training and experience in instructional and curricular development, integrating and using technology in the classroom, professional development and workshops, literacy across the curriculum, parental involvement, and school budgets.
on Oct. 27, 2012 :
First, let me make it known that this writer knows her stuff. Her blog is crammed with useful information and even the samples, linked within this book, are still online. The information in the book is solid too.
The problem with this book isn't the content, but in its construction. She used floating inline images in her Word file, which doesn't work with e-readers nor does it work with the Smashwords' online readers (an image covers up the navigation buttons).
Her e-book project, in this book, in about creating a PDF book, so I imagine that she may have used inline (so that paragraphs can wrap around the graphics) images out of habit. It is OK to perform advanced formatting for PDF output. PDF output can be likened much to a camera copy of the Word document and, with print, you can do a lot of neat formatting. With ebooks though, complex formatting can cause some odd errors in the book.
Additionally, since the Smashwords meatgrinder does its unknown magic to a Word file, to create the different book formats, even the PDF copy here has a few formatting issues, but it is still readable. The Kindle and EPUB versions of the book are readable, but paragraphs that contain images are broken up badly.
To make this book flow properly on an ereader as well as the Smashwords online reader would be to redo the book. Not rewrite it, but remove the images from within the paragraphs and insert them in between the paragraphs (using 'insert -> image'). This will get rid of the float and prevent broken paragraphs.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)