Pizzey Regional Guides (ebook version now)

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Pizzey Regional Guides (ebook version now)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:37:11 +1100
These books have been released today for iBooks for iPads, iPhones, and I 
assume iPods. I've purchased the Mallee to Limestone Coast volume ($14). As 
pointed out to me when Carl first started this thread, they're books, not apps. 
No sounds, no smart search, etc.

I assume that this electronic version is laid out in similar fashion to the 
paper version. Unlike the full Pizzey and Knight, the text is intermingled with 
the pictures, and there's far less of it.

The index has a warning that because the electronic version has different 
pagination, you're better off doing a search rather than trying to use the 
index. That makes sense because you can adjust the font size in iBooks, which 
changes all the page numbering. 

It would have been nice to be able to tap on a name in the index and go to the 
page, but you can't. You can however tap and hold to highlight the word, then 
choose Search to save typing it. That doesn't necessarily work when the index 
separates the parts of the names. E.g. There's a heading for Tern, with Little 
on a separate line, so searching for just "little" isn't going to get you far.

The changed pagination means some birds are split across two pages. I changed 
the font to the smallest, and the layout to scrolling, and that makes it easier 
to get the bird concerned onto one screen.

iBooks let's you scroll though the pages, but you only see the chapter name and 
page number until you stop scrolling, so finding stuff isn't going to be as 
easy as flipping book pages, but you can add book marks and highlighting.

I bought it intending to use it on my ipad, and it has appeared automatically 
on my phone as well. It looks surprisingly usable there, I thought it would be 
just too small.

I haven't looked at the text much yet, but the pictures look the same as my 
full copy. I'm interested to hear others' comments if they've bought it.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 23 Aug 2013, at 10:31 am, "Carl Clifford" <> wrote:
> I notice that four regional guides based on the Pizzey field guide have been 
> released. Has anyone had a chance to have a look at any?
> Carl Clifford
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