This dictionary uses the pinyin spelling as the method of look-up this makes all the words that sound the same appear together. Very helpful if listening to chinese.
There is a character lookup, but it just gives you the pinyin for the character.
There is now a pocket version, as far as I can tell the only difference is font size.
English-Chinese, get real! you listen to the chinese and you look it up.
BoPoMoFo? This is a PINYIN lookup system, and uses simplified text (jian ti zi).
All and all a very good book for what it was made for.