- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (28 Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521645832
- ISBN-13: 978-0521645836
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.4 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,502,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cephalopod Behaviour Paperback – 28 Oct 1998
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'This book is a major zoological event.' American Zoologist
'… an essential volume for anyone working in almost any field of cephalopod behaviour, physiology or ecology.' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
'An exceptionally handsome book … highly recommended for its aesthetics as much for its science. Working with cephalopods is a joy and a challenge. Both the joy and the challenge are brought to life in this book … an excellent book for behaviourists interested in cephalopods from a comparative perspective …'. Animal Behaviour
'This book is the first of its kind … It opens up what will for most readers be a new world. And about time too.' Martin J. Wells, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
'… compact and easy to use … it succeeds well in providing a comprehensive text for students, marine biologists, and anyone interested in an up-to-date review of the behaviour of one of the most fascinating invertebrate groups.' P. R. Boyle, Biologist
'This is an excellent book and can be highly recommended … It should find its way to the bookshelves of any biologist … For its content, visual beauty, clarity, and passion - get yourself a copy now!' Dr Marek Lipinski, ICES Journal of Marine Science
There are about 700 species of cephalopods (cuttlefishes, squids, octopuses and the chambered nautiluses) living throughout the seas of the world. This 1996 book examines their behaviour, summarizing field and laboratory data from a wide variety of sources in a comprehensive account of the life of cephalopods in their natural habitats.
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The *bad* news, and get ready, because it is really bad – the print quality of the published book is awful. There are NO color photographs in the book. The black and white drawings in the book are almost universally fuzzy and washed-out in appearance, in contrast to the sharp printed words on the page (and in contrast to the sharp figures one sees in the online previews on Amazon and on Google Preview). Where there was a colored plate in previous editions (between pp. 70 and 71), a black and white photo is presented, along with the guidance that a color version of the photo is available at a web address that leads to the book’s “for sale” page at Cambridge University Press. However, no where on the web page for the book at Cambridge University Press is there any link to any photos or to any errata (more on that below). But never fear, Cambridge has also included a line in their book that they have “no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URL’s” referred to in this book. So, apparently, it seems to me that they will always make sure they can sell you a copy, but they aren’t going to do anything to ensure the quality of the book.
Interestingly enough, when I went to the Cambridge website and saw the info for the book, it stated that there are 8 colored photographs in the book. Since that is no longer true, one would think they would remove that from the informational page for the book, but so far, they haven’t.
Although one might suspect the fact that the book is published on demand may have something to do with both the poor quality of the black and white figures, and the lack of color plates, I have ordered plenty of books that have been published on demand by other companies that showed no signs of poor quality. In fact, the scientific books I purchase from Springer are always of top quality. I shall continue to purchase books from Springer.
My final criticism: One would think that in a scientific book, some ongoing collection of errata would be a good idea. If the book is published on demand, one imagines that (gasp!) errors could even be fixed! Well, you can give up all hope on that belief, because there is a whole, entire figure missing (Figure 3.2) that I can’t find anywhere in the book, and should be hard to miss, since the authors refer to “Fig. 3.2” parts a through q , so it must have about 17 or so sub-figures. In any event, in addition to the NON-appearance of the promised color photos on the Cambridge website, there is also a total lack of any errata. (Edit: Upon further reflection, I would guess that Fig. 3.2 might also have been a color plate as well, that was removed. However, this seems worse, that they would remove something integral to the book, and not refer to it and/or not make a version available on the web. So I’m going to go with the idea that it was just an oversight/erratum).
If I was the author of a fine book such as this, and I saw how little interest the publisher had in presenting and maintaining the book, I would ask for the copyright back and see if a publisher such as Dover would be interested in publishing it.
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