Yep, I have that guide, but I would prefer non-photo guides, plus the Kaufman is getting a bit out of date.
This was always, bound to happen eventually.The older field guides (as of 2019, e.g. Birds of Vietnam) should be rereleased as soon as possible because the QR Codes (formerly linked to HBW.com) did not working properly anymore. They link to the main page of the Macaulay Library but not to the particular birds species. If you take e.g. Birds of the Philippines they link to eBird.
Should be possible to remap the links. Question is if anyone feels strongly enough to field the cost of doing so. As Lynx are the ones putting the QR codes in, I feel they should be responsible for upholding the system.The older field guides (as of 2019, e.g. Birds of Vietnam) should be rereleased as soon as possible because the QR Codes (formerly linked to HBW.com) did not working properly anymore. They link to the main page of the Macaulay Library but not to the particular birds species. If you take e.g. Birds of the Philippines they link to eBird.
I dislike them as well. A field guide is for me a package of relatively permanent knowledge, while a QR code is anything but permanent. They subtract value to the field guide IMO and make of them some kind of discardable tool.Indeed the QR codes are a very divisive choice, and I would personally say that the fact that they don't work after 1 year should serve as a good indication of why.
Personally I greatly dislike them and would never use them and would prefer guide books to avoid extraneous clutter of this sort.
The problem is not just personal preference, but as had been mentioned above, how much of an impression of a discardable item books should come with.Vietnam and Thailand QR scans still work fine for me, and Lynx and Cornell have confirmed with me they'll be of continual use when I've asked in the past when reviewing field guides. Perhaps it's ones where the taxonomy has changed and so links back to the homepage? If so, that would make perfect sense to do so until they've had time to redirect the code to the correct page.
QR scans are one of the many arbitrary likes or dislikes of a field guide. For me, I've really enjoyed using them and add an extra layer of information that other field guides lack. They take up so little space they can just be ignored, so even if you have such disdain for them, no big problem.
Get out of this house, Philistine!!!Anybody guess, how many years before children will look at these QR codes and ask: daddy, what it is?
IMO, if you have a reliable smartphone and an internet connection, why bother with the book at all? Get an app, and don't carry paper around. It is fully possible, that in 10 years, things will go further: growth of amateur bird photos and possibility of copying texts make paid bird guidebooks obsolete. Just like few people buy paper road atlas.