Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The book provides fairly comprehensive coverage of topics in microeconomic theory, without going into unnecessary detail. Students are exposed to basic linear economic models. A glossary is provided to delineate terms used in the book.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The diagrams in the textbook are accurate and easy to understand. Geometric depictions of different market models and other concepts such as opportunity cost do not pose a challenge to the beginner who is studying economic theory for the first time. A very useful addition is the supplementation of graphical illustrations with tabular representation of data where appropriate. This technique will greatly facilitate the learning process, especially for students who are more focused on the applications of standard microeconomic theory. The authors have avoided the use of differential and integral calculus completely; however, this approach may not suit the objectives of all students. In particular, a basic familiarity with calculus gives the student much more insight into many concepts, such as in consumer behaviour and production theory.
Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
The content in the textbook is not expected to become irrelevant or obsolete in any way. the authors have provided a lucid introduction to microeconomic concepts that have been handed down to us by the classical and neoclassical pioneers in economic thought. The book has already been updated and I see no constraints on this account.
Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
The authors have scrupulously avoided any abstruse explanations in the book. Economic theory is presented in a very lucid manner and can be accessed by the non-specialist reader who may not necessarily have prior training in economics or advanced mathematics. The use of simple exercises at the end of every chapter makes the book extremely useful to the reader who is more focused on the applications of economic theory to explaining real-world phenomena.
Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
The text book is logically consistent in terms of content and the framework is sound. The learner would have no difficulty in following the terms used in the book.
Consistency Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
I would rate this book very high in modularity. The reader can focus only on the units he or she has to, without having to go through unrelated chapters. Each module is quite self-sufficient.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
I definitely agree with this statement.
Organization Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
Unlike many other e-books I have read, no significant navigation problems were identifiable here. The interface is well-designed and there are no back-end impediments that may disrupt the reading experience.
Interface Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
I have not noticed any grammatical errors; spellings are accurate.
Grammar Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
I did not find any evidence of bias or insensitivity in regard to national origin, race or gender. However, this is often subjective and difficult to judge very precisely.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
Yes, I strongly recommend this book.