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Description: Birds of Peru : Paperback : Princeton University Press : 9780691130231 : 069113023X : 24 May 2010 : A field guide to Peru that features various Peru's 1,817 bird species. It features detailed species accounts, including a full-color distribution map. The Book Depository Birds of Peru by Thomas S. Schulenberg - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Birds Are Beautiful

Rating: 5

Review: Stunningly illustrated, text superb and despite the immense task of documenting all 1800 bird species, and the corresponding weight of the tome, a supreme work. Am actually in Cusco , Peru at the moment and the book makes me feel like a new birder all over again, as I search for the birds from new species for me, new families and genera. A lovely feeling after 40 years birding! all the very best, Gary Prescott aka Biking Birder 2010

 

Author: O. G. M. Morgan

Rating: 1

Review: Oh, great: yet another bird guide transferred to a digital format by somebody who doesn't have a clue how digital formats work. In the world of paper bird books, there are essentially two formats. The older format had detailed text about a given species, with a reference to a plate number. To find the plate, one had to flick through the book to the relevant plate. That wasn't ideal for use in the field, although it very often combined excellent scholarship with meticulous artwork. A response to that format was the one in which the description of a bird would be on one page and its depiction would be directly opposite. Again, the paintings (always preferable to photographs) would usually be of outstanding quality, but the text was necessarily limited by space: it had to match the size of the image. On the other hand, it was easy to use in the field. When the opportunity arrived to transfer bird guides and others, too, presumably, to digital platforms, most publishers, it seems, failed to understand how the rules had changed. All of a sudden, a well-adapted guide didn't need to have the image directly opposite the text. With hyperlinks, the text could be packed with detail and the depiction of the bird would be accessible by a simple click. After all, nobody actually looks at the picture and reads the description simultaneously. The 1950s-era format, intelligently handled, should work very well on a Kindle. I have one that does, allowing for the odd bug: "The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic", put on Kindle a number of years ago. On the other hand, I have seen the facing-page format rendered disastrously for a digital device, with both the images and the text handled as graphics, making the text impossible to search. On the plus side, the text in the present book can be searched. On the minus side, where there should be links from the text to the plates, there are none. I have to find my way to approximately the right section of the book, by searching for the approximate family of bird I believe I have seen, then page to the end of the chapter, to see the depictions of the birds I have selected, then page back to the text appropriate to anything that seems relevant. Although there are what seem to be intended to be hyperlinks between text and images, they do not work. Also, the contents are not broken down by families. If you've never heard of, say, Caracaras, how long will it take to track them down in a book like this? I can forgive the fact that the text is a bit brief, since there are many bird species in Peru and a paper volume with expanded text would be quite a lump to carry, but I can't accept this stupid inability to use the potential of digital technology to exploit links. When one finds them, the pictures are very decent, but, taken as a whole, this book's adaptation doesn't work for Kindle.

 

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