I received my copy of 'All the birds of the world'.
Overall a nice book. It is easy to spend half an hour or more browsing.
Low points are:
- Many pages are printed too dark, e.g. Common Kingfisher. Others are low quality, eg. Neotropical Cormorant has black feet merging with the black plumage. Sometimes the thin paper is see-through.
- Some illustrations are painfully too small, for example whistling ducks and scaups are barely 2,5 cm long, about three times smaller than the Song Sparrows. It would be much better to save space by avoiding the completely useless world's geographical maps at the end, and print the academical treatise about taxonomic names (often simply about the spelling) in smaller font.
- Religious discussions of the most recent taxonomy are a bit pointless, given that it is still evolving field, and also increasingly subjective, so the situation will change within months and years.
- The book is filled with ads, especially rather unsightly QR codes pointing to the Cornell internet library. There are also numerous logos etc., a bit like a dress of a pro sportsman.
I think a number of the points raised here regarding 'All the Birds of the World' are simply the price you pay for squeezing so much into a single volume. The QR codes may be 'unsightly' to some but they're also very useful. I find the comment that it's 'filled with ads' a huge exaggeration. Personally, I find the dreadful index by far the biggest disappointment since it follows previous Lynx books by alphabetically listing species by the first word in the name rather than by family/group. I can only assume this is a money-saving exercise. It's annoying too that English and scientific names are in the same index rather than being segregated. This, in my view, makes the index far less functional.