To celebrate the availability of Princeton University Press’s bird books through the iBooks store, we are hosting a sweepstakes giveaway of all 6 titles. See below for several ways to enter or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The prize will be 6 promo codes that allow the winner to download complimentary copies of The Crossley ID Guide, The Warbler Guide, The World’s Rarest Birds, Hawks at a Distance, The Birds of Peru, and The Unfeathered Bird. This prize can only be used through the iBooks store and to view these books, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later. There is no device or tablet included in this giveaway.
The giveaway will run from 12:15 AM EST, Monday, February 3 through 12:00 PM EST, Friday, February 7.
Giveaway ends February 7, 2014.
One of the questions we field most often is, “Why can’t I buy an electronic version of this bird book?” So we are delighted to announce that starting this month, several of our most popular birding and natural history titles are now available as ebooks through the iBooks store.
The books are affordable and look simply amazing in digital form — zoom in on Katrina Van Grouw’s intricate drawings of skeletons in The Unfeathered Bird, explore The Crossley ID Guide‘s layered plates in greater detail, or simply revel in the majestic photos and artwork in The World’s Rarest Birds.
To view sample pages and explore these titles further, please use these links:
|Birds of Peru
This is easily one of our all-time best-selling field guides and this ebook features all of the same great information and illustrations as the print edition, but makes it more portable and easier to search.
|The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
This has always been a book screaming for a digital edition. To say the plates in this book look incredible on a tablet would be a massive understatement– they are absolutely jaw-dropping beautiful.
|The Warbler Guide
The complete text, photos, and sonograms at your fingertips in time for spring migration. Keep the print copy at home for reference and take this digital book into the field.
|The Unfeathered Bird
Zooming in on the drawings reveals new details about structure, function, and evolution.
|Hawks at a Distance
Even more useful now that you can zoom in and examine the profile and silhouette of the birds.
|The World’s Rarest Birds
Not only do the photos and illustrations look incredible, but built-in search functions mean it is easier to find the information you want.
Not really, but check out this astounding video of Richard getting roughed up by a Ruffed Grouse.
Here’s what this beauty of a bird looks like in The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. Seeing the plate side by side with the video really demonstrates the strength of the Crossley style plate in illustrating the way a bird looks and how it acts:
The RSPB is running their annual Big Garden Birdwatch this month. If you are participating in this citizen science event, you might find The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland useful to verify your identifications or prep for a walk. We welcome you to download this free ebook — Common Garden Birds of Britain and Ireland [PDF]. You can store it on your handheld devices or computers. The print edition, featuring more than 300 species is also available in bookstores now.
|Eurasian Collared Dove||Goldfinch||Great-spotted Woodpecker|
|Great Tit||Greenfinch||Long-tailed Tit|
The American Birding Association just announced its 2014 Bird of the Year will be the Rufous Hummingbird. Check out their announcement below (what a fun video featuring Neil Hayward who has just completed a new record Big Year & Jay Lehman, as well as a cameo by Liz Gordon) and a list of Princeton University Press resources to help you further find and appreciate this beautiful species.
First up, check out the rufous hummingbird entry from Birds of Western North America: A Photographic Guide by Paul Sterry and Brian E. Small.
Perfect your rufous hummingbird ID skills with this plate, courtesy of The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds:
Then gather some of our outstanding bird books to round-out your knowledge:
Hummingbirds of North America
Birds of North America and Greenland
The Crossley ID Guide
Birds of Western North America
We’re delighted–or rather, happy as a lark–to announce that we’ve drawn the lucky winner of the Crossley Bird ID Contest, featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine, December 2013 issue. Thank you to BBC Wildlife and to all of the keen birders who flocked to submit their entries for a chance to win a copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland by Richard Crossley & Dominic Couzens.
Could you tell a Bullfinch from a Chaffinch? Are you able to spot a Starling? The answers are below!
Jenny pecks the winner out of a bag
Jenny chirps with delight as the winner is selected
Congratulations to Clare Adams from Nottingham who correctly identified all of the featured birds. A copy is “winging” its way to you now!
And here is the answer key. How many did you get right?
#1 Coal Tits
#2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
#3 Great Tit
#4 Common Buzzard
#5 Wood Pigeon
#7 Great Tit
#8 Song Thrush
#13 Pied Wagtail
Correctly identify each numbered bird for a chance to win a copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland.
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One winner, drawn at random, will receive a copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter. Only one entry per person. All entries must be received by January 1, 2014.
A PDF of the contest entry form can be downloaded here: http://blog.press.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/PR/crossleycontest.pdf and submitted by email to email@example.com or fax to +44 1 993 814504.
Birding Ecosse has a terrific article about the usefulness of The Crossley ID Guides in the field. In spite of birders’ best efforts (calls, silent stalking, binoculars and scopes), this is what they are likely to see in the field when they go looking for scoters. And a quick side-by-side comparison shows how The Crossley ID Guide really does represent these real life fuzzy, distant views.
The post at Birding Ecosse is part of the blog tour to celebrate the publication of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland. For a complete schedule of the tour, please click here.
We are celebrating the publication of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland by giving away 5 autographed copies of the book. There are multiple ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway runs from October 31 to November 22. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway closing.
The first option, Click for your Daily Entry, does not require you to do anything other than supply your name and email address (no like-ing on social media, etc).
Check out the blog tour running from November 4 – 15: http://blog.press.princeton.edu/crossley-uk-blog-tour-schedule/
If you have questions about this giveaway, please email us.
We are, once again, partnering with a stellar group of bloggers to celebrate the launch of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland. The complete schedule of articles is below. Please support our partners by visiting their sites and reading their articles. You may also enjoy this free ebook assembled by Richard Crossley on The Common Garden Birds of Britain and Ireland.
Monday, November 4
Tuesday, November 5
Birding Ecosse (http://birdingecosse.co.uk/birding-ecosse-blog/) - Scoters and Long-tailed ducks
Wednesday, November 6
Thursday, November 7
Friday, November 8
Saturday, November 9
Sunday, November 10
Monday, November 11
Tuesday, November 12
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Friday, November 15
Thursday, November 21
19.00-20.00 GMT, Shindig event – this is a live internet video chat presentation to which all are invited (the capacity is limitless!). Dominic and Richard will discuss the book and take questions from the audience. Details and RSVP: http://shindig.com/event/crossley-id-guide
With Halloween fast approaching, everybody is getting into the spooky spirit. Even Richard Crossley, author of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, is contributing to the mood with this photo of some Black Vultures. Dark and searching for their next deceased meal, these beautiful creatures are equally foreboding and festive for October! Happy Halloween!