Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

By Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp

  • Release Date: 2013-01-24
  • Genre: Life Sciences
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Description

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent – the definitive field guide to the birds of this magical region – just got even better.

This enhanced fixed-format version of the book – featuring songs and calls – is set to change birding, forever.

Optimised for tablets, it features the book in crisp, clear high-resolution. Superb, zoomable colour plates of the highest detail lie opposite comprehensive identification text and accurate range maps. In addition, this e-book features songs, calls and other sounds from 1,212 species, placed conveniently next to the accompanying species text. The 1,340 sounds included on this e-book represent more than 95% coverage of regular species in the region.

This epic collection of images and sounds represents a step change in the way birders operate. No more carrying heavy books into the field. No more trying to remember sounds days or weeks after the event, while all other methods for taking sounds into the field are consigned to the dustbin.

This e-book provides a complete field-based ID solution – no birder will want to be without it.

(Note: Audio may not play on all devices. Please check your user manual for details).

Reviews

  • This is a digital car-crash

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    By OwenGwilym
    Please note: I am criticizing the iBooks version of this book, not the paper one, which is excellent. The graphics themselves are also fine on the iPad and the iMac. As far as I can see, there is no convenient way to search this iBook. I have tried entering, for instance, “lapwing”, “crane”, “buzzard” and “Buzzard”, but I have never had any successful results. I remember that the downloaded file was exceptionably big. Now I know why. Everything in this book has been loaded as an image file: not just the pictures of birds and their distribution maps, but the text, as well. It looks like text and, to the human brain, it is text, but it’s only another image, for a computer, unsearchable for a text-string. I am guessing that this was done intentionally, to keep the maps parallel to the text, parallel to the pictures of the birds, if the total image were enlarged. The trouble is that that ruins the iBook from the point-of-view of any reader with a basic knowledge of ornithology, who wants to look up a bird rapidly. Why couldn’t the images of the birds be retained as they are, apart from the addition of a hyperlink from each bird to the appropriate descriptive text, from which there might be a further link to the relevant map? What’s the point of transferring a traditional book to a computer and then insisting on maintaining the traditional book format? There is a huge failure of imagination here. Why does a digital book need to copy the format of a paper one? In this instance, the paper version is incomparably superior.

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