‘Step change’ for birders with Bloomsbury e-books

Bloomsbury is launching a series of ornithology titles as enhanced e-books which will include birdsong alongside full-colour pictures.

The digital editions of the Helm Field Guides are optimised for iPad, but are also available on iPhones and some iPods. They have been developed for iBooks using text and images from the original books, as well as new sound clips.

Jim Martin, project editor, said: “These guides will change field birding, forever. No more carrying heavy books into the field. No more trying to remember sounds days or weeks after the event. These guides represent a step change in the way birders operate.”

The publisher will release 25 titles in the first half of 2013, with the first selection including The RSPB Handbook of British Birds, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago and Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. They are priced between £9.99 and £19.99.