Pedantic. Verbose. Tedious to read. Difficult to understand.
Amazon delivered on time. The print quality is pretty good, but there are several typographical and grammatical errors in the book. Considering that this is the seventeenth edition of the book, the publishers could have taken the trouble to correct the obvious typos in the book.
It is unlikely that the original authors are still alive, but the book could have been properly edited for length and clarity by some other modern-day scholar. Looks like the authors were more interested in demonstrating their overdeveloped literary skills and their erudition, than in simple elucidation of the intricacies of Indian philosophy. The book is filled with pages and pages of unnecessary repetition and takes far too long to make its point.
If the intention was to provide a cogent reference book for formal students of philosophy, the book does not serve that intention. If instead, it was meant to be a simple and easily understood guide for the general public, it fails miserably.
Well, the book is cheaply priced, so I do not really consider it a bad investment. But I would not recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Indian philosophy, student or layperson. Avoidable.
Try the Wikipedia page on Indian philosophy instead. It's a much better read.
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy, termed by Srila Prabhupada as 'very authoritative', while introducing the reader to the spirit, vast ocean of knowledge and outlook of Indian philosophy, also helps him to grasp thoroughly the central ideas. Philosophy, in its widest etymological sense, means 'love of knowledge'. It tries to search for knowledge of himself, the world and God, and describes the Indian way of life as we know it. Indian philosophy denotes the philosophical speculations of all Indian thinkers, ancient or modern, Hindus or non-Hindus, theists or atheists. Some believe 'Indian philosophy' to be synonymous with 'Hindu philosophy', however, this would be true only if the word 'Hindu' were taken in the geographical sense of 'Indian'. But if 'Hindu' means the followers of a particular religious faith known as Hinduism, the supposition would be wrong and misleading. The authors have, with considerable merit, highlighted the significance of Indian views in terms of modern Western thought. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy is a seminal work covering topics as varied as the Carvaka, Jain, Vaisesika, Mimamsa, Buddha, Sankhya Systems, amongst others.