|Review by JuanGatico||posted 04-10-2013 10:21 PM||2630 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
Since I live in Colombia it’s rather difficult and expensive purchasing books, DVDs and tools in general to be shipped this part of the continent. For that reason I tried some digital downloads, specifically Christopher Schwarz’ video Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes and Jim Tolpin’s The New Traditional Woodworker.
Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes
After waiting nearly an hour I started watching the video and what a nasty surprise, it is a compressed video, so when you use Full Screen, the quality suffers. I asked Megan Fitzpatrick if it were possible to download the full DVD, I don’t care to wait because as the download progresses I can do any other thing; unfortunately is not possible to download the full thing.
CONCLUSION: If you want this video I recommend to purchase the DVD not the digital download.
The New Traditional Woodworker
OK, I have noticed that the books sold by Christopher Schwarz in his Lost Art press website are converted in .epub format, this is better than a PDF file. This is not the case in Popular Woodworking, here, many electronic books are PDFs.
First of all I must say that this download also included Tom Fidgen’s book MADE BY HAND, that is, you get two electronic books for the price of one.
I started reading The New Traditional Woodworker and it calls to my attention that this electronic PDF book was made in such a way that you see two pages at the same time , so if you are reading in your iPad and you want to read a single page you have to zoom with your fingers until you see the area of the page you are interested in, I think this is not the right way to do this. When reading the second book: MADE BY HAND you can see one single page at the time in your screen.
CONCLUSION: Again, if you want to purchase this book, go for the printed edition.
Thanks for reading.