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Thailand field guide eBook (1 Viewer)

Tom St

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I am going on a trip to Thailand soon and am looking to buy a field guide. Lynx' Birds of Thailand looks great, but I will travel light and would prefer not to take any printed field guide with me. Do you know if there is an ebook version of this guide or a similar one for the region`?

Thanks!
Tom
 

Tom St

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Thanks!
As an aside: does anyone know why field guide publishers have auch an aversion to ebook format? Field guides are arguably the type of book where an electronic format is the most useful to have!
 

Swissboy

Sempach, Switzerland
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Thanks!
As an aside: does anyone know why field guide publishers have auch an aversion to ebook format? Field guides are arguably the type of book where an electronic format is the most useful to have!
Not everybody would agree with that evaluation! Conveniently compact, but not very useful when you need to compare several species. The great advantage comes for me in the form of added calls and songs. But not every FG has them so far anyway.
 

Butty

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does anyone know why field guide publishers have auch an aversion to ebook format?
Weird, innit. Despite various discussions of this subject within these pages I still find it mysterious that (at least) a straightforward PDF is not produced and made freely available for every f/g purchaser. I suspect, ultimately (and obviously), it's the profit-motive operating - but exactly how and why I don't know. Producing nothing more complicated than a PDF is cost-free for the publisher and would add value and appeal for many many purchasers: it's 95% as good as an app (and 100% as good as a poor app, which is what some of the most popular ones are, eg Svensson).
 

Mono

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E-books and pdfs are easily duplicated. Whilst virtually cost free to the publisher they are easily pirateable.
 

Butty

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E-books and pdfs are . . . easily pirateable.
I'm certain sure it's within the wit of commerce to fix that problem - and I doubt that it is one. I've bought Kindle books that are (functionally) the same as a PDF but I have no means of giving them to someone else.
 

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