Congratulations to the winners of our bird ebooks giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway for 6 digital copies of our best-selling and most popular bird books. We had such a wonderful response, I decided to pick two winners. Congratulations to Gaurav Kandlikar and Jill Clark who are now owners of an enviable birding library on their handheld devices!

Gaurav noted this was a “nice way to start the week,” and we agree! But the best comment goes to Jill who compared winning our giveaway to winning the Powerball lottery — well, she called it a close second.

I am also pleased to announce another natural history title is now available in the iBooks store: Rare Birds of North America by Steve Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell

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Digital copies of our top-selling bird books now available on iBooks

Click here to learn how to win copies of all 6 books

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.

Birdwalk Grouse Fights, AKA The Blinding of Richard Crossley

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:

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Use The Crossley ID Guide in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

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.

 

Blackbird Blue Tit Brambling
Chaffinch Coal Tit Dunnock
Eurasian Collared Dove Goldfinch Great-spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit Greenfinch Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch Robin Song Thrush
Woodpigeon

Bird ID Contest — Win a copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland

Crossley ID bird contest
Correctly identify each numbered bird for a chance to win a copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland.

[This will open a pop up quiz that will collect your answers and contact information]


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 princeton_publicity@pupress.co.uk or fax to +44 1 993 814504.

 

Crossley’s Rough-legged Hawks

Winter is coming. (Game of Thrones anyone?) Richard Crossley is author of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors and of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland, and the supplier of this awesome plate of a rough-legged hawk.While Migration Season is starting to wind down (which is the same direction every leaf in the state appears to have gone), we’re still fascinated by some of these fierce feathered foes.

Check it out!

Rough-legged hawk


And to check out the free downloads we’re currently offering, check out the links below:
Crossley ID Guide Raptors : A sampler raptor guide in PDF format including photos and real text from the guide
Quick Finders from The Warbler Guide : A ‘quick finder’ designed to help you identify over 50 warblers faster with targeted color photos


American Kestrels In Flight

As the leaves continue to change and begin to fall, Richard Crossley, author of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, has provided as with a very cool plate of some American Kestrels, both in flight and close up. American Kestrels are aptly named, since they are the only type of kestrel that can be found in the Americas. They are also the smallest falcon to be found in North America. Plus, they’re kind of cute. Check it out!

American kestrel


And to check out the free downloads we’re currently offering, check out the links below:
Crossley ID Guide Raptors : A sampler raptor guide in PDF format including photos and real text from the guide
Quick Finders from The Warbler Guide : A ‘quick finder’ designed to help you identify over 50 warblers faster with targeted color photos


Happy Hour Online with Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens

Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland: Happy Hour with Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens

crossley_irelandCalling all birders, young and old, experienced or beginner with an interest in British and Irish birdlife! Join Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens, co-authors of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland (Princeton University Press) for a happy hour chat on their new guide to Britain and Ireland (BYOB). Richard and Dominic will share stories from their own adventures along with tips on finding, identifying and photographing birds. They’ll also discuss the design, layout and purpose of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland. No need to head out into the November cold – just settle down at your computer with a cup of tea,coffee or your favourite tipple (that’s alcoholic drink for our American audience) and join in the fun.

The event will take place on November 21st  from 7:00pm – 8:00pm (GMT), or 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EST). Watch your time zone!

To RSVP for this Shindig event, click here.


And to check out the free downloads we’re currently offering, check out the links below:
Crossley ID Guide Raptors : A sampler raptor guide in PDF format
Quick Finders from The Warbler Guide : A ‘quick finder’ designed to help you identify over 50 warblers faster with targeted color photos.


The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland gets a field test at Birding Ecosse

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.

 

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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.

Enter to win an autographed copy of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland

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/

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have questions about this giveaway, please email us.

Crossley Britain and Ireland Blog Tour Kicks off on Monday! Here’s the complete schedule.

Crossley GB&Ire blog tour logo 250px (srgb)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

Fair Isle (http://fair-isle.blogspot.co.uk/) - Blue and Great Tits – not common up here on Fair Isle

Tuesday, November 5

Birding Ecosse (http://birdingecosse.co.uk/birding-ecosse-blog/) - Scoters and Long-tailed ducks

Wednesday, November 6

Birding Frontiers (http://birdingfrontiers.com/) – Seabirds of Flamborough

Thursday, November 7

Another Bird Blog (http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.co.uk/) - Wildfowl and waders of the N-W

Friday, November 8

The Biggest Twitch (http://www.thebiggesttwitch.com/diary) - Some classic Welsh birds: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler, Black Grouse and Chough

Saturday, November 9

10,000 Birds (http://10000birds.com/category/birds) - British and Irish avian visitors in the USA (with an opportunity to win a book!)

Sunday, November 10

Mark Avery (http://markavery.info/blog/) - Pipit ID-ing and THE LINNET

Monday, November 11

Ireland’s Wildlife (http://www.irelandswildlife.com/wild-blog/) - The Birdwatch Ireland Garden Bird Survey: how you can help monitor Ireland’s garden birds

Tuesday, November 12

Bird Words (http://www.birdwords.co.uk/) – Gull ID-ing

Wednesday, November 13

The Drunk Birder (http://thedrunkbirder.wordpress.com/) - Winter thrushes

Thursday, November 14

Derek BirdBrain (http://derekbirdbrain.blogspot.co.uk/) - Using the ID Guide in the field

Friday, November 15

The Urban Birder (http://urbanitybirder.blogspot.co.uk/) - Ring Ouzel

RSPB Nature’s Home (http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/natureshomemagazine/default.aspx) – Wild Geese

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

 

[Now closed] Princeton University Press is also giving away 5 autographed copies of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland. Enter to win here. [Now closed]

 

The Crossley Halloween 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!

Black Vulture