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Your most anticipated futures books (1 Viewer)

Butty

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They are direct from Bloomsbury
Thanks. I must look harder!
I find it astonishing that:
  • These are not promoted (or not in anything that I see).
  • They are the same price as the printed book.
  • They are not available free to anyone who buys the printed book.
 

Essex Tern

Member since 2006
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England
Thanks. I must look harder!
I find it astonishing that:
  • These are not promoted (or not in anything that I see).
  • They are the same price as the printed book.
  • They are not available free to anyone who buys the printed book.
I have hard copy and PDF of a number of books, and occasionally opt for digital copy only. The Bloomsbury watermark is only a line on each page at the bottom with your name and purchase date so guess they are too easy to share which might be a reason for high prices - but I agree it would be good for free, or a nominal price, if you have bought the hard copy.

My PDF phone library is as attached, all legitimate as I am too wary of viruses etc being bundled in pirate copies. Also a few WildGuides volumes on Kindle. Together with Collins and BWP apps I am building quite a carry everywhere library, gone are the days where you have to wait to get home to consult the books.
 

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Andy Adcock

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England
Thanks. I must look harder!
I find it astonishing that:
  • These are not promoted (or not in anything that I see).
  • They are the same price as the printed book.
  • They are not available free to anyone who buys the printed book.
In some cases I've seen, e-books are actually more expensive than hard copy versions.
 

Melanie

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Germany
While obviously not useful for birding specifically, the upcoming "Birds of the Mesozoic: An Illustrated Field Guide" definitely has my interest.

I guess when you run out of extant birds to illustrate, you start publishing books on fossil species...
Who has written this book, which publisher will offer this book and when it will be published?
 

Mysticete

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United States
This is the lynx facebook announcement:

"We are happy to announce the forthcoming title “Birds of the Mesozoic: An Illustrated Field Guide” by Juan Benito and Roc Olivé. Due Summer 2022.
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Birds are the most diverse tetrapod group today, but they have a rich and complex evolutionary history beyond that of their modern radiation. Appearing during the Jurassic, more than 160 million years ago, birds took to the skies and evolved into a plethora of forms during the Age of the Dinosaurs.
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This comprehensive and up to date illustrated field guide, by palaeontologist Juan Benito and palaeoartist Roc Olivé, aims to illustrate in unprecedented detail the staggering diversity of avialans (modern birds and their closest fossil relatives) that lived from the origin of the group until the Mass Extinction that ended the reign of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago: the Birds of the Mesozoic.
This beautifully illustrated field guide includes over 250 full-colour illustrations covering more than 200 types of bird that populated the world during the Mesozoic Era. In addition to detailed fact files on the diverse avifauna of the Mesozoic, including a description of each species, with information on its name, location, size, period, habitat, and general characteristics, this guide also seeks to explain the origins of the group and their evolution from other feathered dinosaurs up to the origins of modern birds in the Late Cretaceous. It also covers in detail multiple facets of their phylogenetic, morphological, and ecological diversity, and provides an introduction to bird skeletal anatomy and several of the most recent and cutting-edge methods palaeontologists use to reconstruct fossil bird colour, diet, and biology.
Easy-to-use and pleasant to contemplate, this book is a must for both bird and palaeontology enthusiasts!
😍
🎨
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The cover illustration looks pretty good, so I expect the reconstructions to be pretty high quality.
 

lgonz1008

Well-known member
United States
This is the lynx facebook announcement:

"We are happy to announce the forthcoming title “Birds of the Mesozoic: An Illustrated Field Guide” by Juan Benito and Roc Olivé. Due Summer 2022.
👏
👏
👏

Birds are the most diverse tetrapod group today, but they have a rich and complex evolutionary history beyond that of their modern radiation. Appearing during the Jurassic, more than 160 million years ago, birds took to the skies and evolved into a plethora of forms during the Age of the Dinosaurs.
🦕
🦖

This comprehensive and up to date illustrated field guide, by palaeontologist Juan Benito and palaeoartist Roc Olivé, aims to illustrate in unprecedented detail the staggering diversity of avialans (modern birds and their closest fossil relatives) that lived from the origin of the group until the Mass Extinction that ended the reign of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago: the Birds of the Mesozoic.
This beautifully illustrated field guide includes over 250 full-colour illustrations covering more than 200 types of bird that populated the world during the Mesozoic Era. In addition to detailed fact files on the diverse avifauna of the Mesozoic, including a description of each species, with information on its name, location, size, period, habitat, and general characteristics, this guide also seeks to explain the origins of the group and their evolution from other feathered dinosaurs up to the origins of modern birds in the Late Cretaceous. It also covers in detail multiple facets of their phylogenetic, morphological, and ecological diversity, and provides an introduction to bird skeletal anatomy and several of the most recent and cutting-edge methods palaeontologists use to reconstruct fossil bird colour, diet, and biology.
Easy-to-use and pleasant to contemplate, this book is a must for both bird and palaeontology enthusiasts!
😍
🎨
📖
"

The cover illustration looks pretty good, so I expect the reconstructions to be pretty high quality.
Looking at the cover (which looks beautiful), I'm guessing the bird is an Ichthyornis or from a similar group?

Also, I'm kind of surprised that we get 2 books in this very niche genre in a decade from each other. The first one being "A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs" by Matthew P. Martyniuk in late 2012.
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
Looking at the cover (which looks beautiful), I'm guessing the bird is an Ichthyornis or from a similar group?

Also, I'm kind of surprised that we get 2 books in this very niche genre in a decade from each other. The first one being "A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs" by Matthew P. Martyniuk in late 2012.
Given the appeal of dinosaurs to some folks and birds to others, it makes sense that it might be profitable to do a book that combines both.

Personally I would love to see an equivalent volume on Cenozoic birds, which are not as well covered.
 

jurek

Well-known member
I would like to see a book, or better a series of films, about most beautiful and bizarre leks and mating displays of birds - e.g. argus pheasant, birds of paradise, diverse grouse, cotingas etc.
 

lgonz1008

Well-known member
United States
Given the appeal of dinosaurs to some folks and birds to others, it makes sense that it might be profitable to do a book that combines both.

Personally I would love to see an equivalent volume on Cenozoic birds, which are not as well covered.
Considering the fossil record we have of early members of each bird family in the Cenozoic era, I'd love such a book, not just for the giant penguins, but also for the ancestors of Motmots, Hummingbirds and other New World families and how they started in Eocene Europe. Seems like a book I'd preorder the moment it gets announced.
 

Mysticete

Well-known member
United States
Considering the fossil record we have of early members of each bird family in the Cenozoic era, I'd love such a book, not just for the giant penguins, but also for the ancestors of Motmots, Hummingbirds and other New World families and how they started in Eocene Europe. Seems like a book I'd preorder the moment it gets announced.
And Terror Birds!

How much more exciting would birding be if the some of the birds you hunted for could also hunt you?
 

Melanie

Well-known member
Germany

Ray Ching New Zealand Bird Paintings​

Ray Ching is internationally recognised as one of the world's greatest living wildlife artists. Born in New Zealand, he established himself as an artist in the 1960s, before moving to England where he has spent the majority of his career. He has never lost his interest in his roots, however, or the New Zealand birds that inspired his move into art, and over the last 60 years, he has built up a remarkable collection of paintings of our wildlife. These form the heart of this gorgeous book, which is also accompanied by his own text. Working primarily in oils and watercolours, Ching's works are incredibly detailed with an almost photographic quality. They are slowly built up, layer upon layer, often leaving the under-drawing peeking through the transparent paint. This large-format, lavishly produced book is an impressive tribute to the legacy of one of the most significant wildlife painters of our time.

 

Melanie

Well-known member
Germany
There is a new book on cormorants and shags scheduled for 2023

Cormorants and Shags by David Cabot

 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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