Monday, December 20, 2010

eBWD: An Award and Video Guide

Monday, December 20, 2010
A screen-shot showing the new issue of eBWD. Click to watch a video!

This just in! Well, OK, it happened back around Halloween...

The digital edition of Bird Watcher's Digest (the magazine for which I humbly work as editor) has been awarded a Silver Award from the 2010 Digital Magazine Awards! Everyone here at the offices of BWD is buzzing with excitement over this award, so I just had to share it here on BOTB.

We've produced six issues of eBWD thus far and each one has helped us refine our thinking and offerings for the digital realm. One thing has remained constant: All subscribers to the print edition of Bird Watcher's Digest automatically get free access to our digital edition.
That's correct, amigo. If you subscribe to the print edition of BWD, you get access to eBWD as part of the deal. Feeling the urge? Subscribe now!

As we'd hoped, we have lots of people subscribing solely to eBWD, the digital-only edition. Increasingly readers want to receive their favorite content in some digital medium, and we're happy to oblige.

If you have not yet checked out our "award-winning digital edition" (it's neat to be able to say that) please do so. Some of the features that set our digital edition apart from a print magazine include:
  • videos of featured bird species
  • bird sounds and songs embedded into text links
  • recordings of select authors reading their articles
  • hot links throughout the content and advertisements for immediate exploration
This screen shot shows some of the navigation options in eBWD.

But why read about eBWD when you can:

A: Go there yourself and sample some of the pages.


B: Watch a video in which I and (several of my well-dressed colleagues here at BWD) take you on a tour of eBWD. Here it is:

And remember it's not too late to get a BWD subscription as a holiday gift for that special someone who loves watching birds.


On December 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM cyberthrush said...

eCongrats!! BWD has come a long way baby... (maybe you should start buying up Newsweek or Time or something, and teach 'em how to do it! ;-)

On December 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM rmharvey said...

The final video window within this blog entry is partly missing. The two columns of stuff on the right take up half the screen. BOTB's left elbow is up against the edge of the video window. I thought it might be that my browser window was narrower than expected, but when I expand to full screen and refreshed the problem persists.

Just thought you would want to know.

On December 29, 2010 at 4:55 AM Gunnar Engblom said...

This is excellent and very progressive. Kudos! I just bought an iPad. Although, an e-version is fantastic news and very cool - I think an app for reading/downloading the full issue would be even cooler (and maybe commercially more interesting).
Did you have any feedback on the user-friendliness on iPad?
I am thinking of taking a subscription...Maybe!?
See me as a reluctant subscriber...fully satisfied of the wealth of information found on the internet. Why would someone like me take up a subscription?
1. On-line access to all past issues.
2. No bulk! NO space to store magazines...but how cool to store in a device...and access at the finger tip to past articles. (Good search functions invaluable).
3. Premium content of good value.

You have come a good way here, and I salute you!