Previous news story    Next news story

Free download of Wildlife Photography e-book: Sunday Dec 11th

By dpreview staff on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:10 GMT

Wildlife photographer and dpreview.com contributor Uwe Skrzypczak is making his book 'Wildlife photography: On Safari with Your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow' available as a free download. The download will be available for 12 hours on Sunday December 11th. The German-language version of the e-book will be available exactly one week later. As a goodwill offering, Uwe Skrzypczak and his publisher Rockynook will be making the English language version of the book available again on Sunday December 18th (There will be another news story nearer the time). This will be the only legal method of getting the book for free, so please do not share other download links.

Availability - December 11th 2011

Timezone Central European UTC/GMT EasternPacific
From:  12:01  11:01  06:01  03:01
Until:  23:59  22:59  17:59  14:59

Comments

Total comments: 328
12345
ekopuls
By ekopuls (3 months ago)

Nice e-book

0 upvotes
Sczurs
By Sczurs (Dec 26, 2011)

I have found this site most helpful and have recommended it quite a few others. Please keep up the outstanding work on the reviews, new products, firmware updates, etc... But this offer is a joke, or a scam by the publisher sent as a part of an e-mail, long after it expired...Thanks

0 upvotes
MaineArt
By MaineArt (Dec 26, 2011)

The notice just came out DECEMBER 25! Even with the "goodwill offering" for December 18th no one can download this e-book. :-<

0 upvotes
ed_mcdowell
By ed_mcdowell (Dec 25, 2011)

Just received the notice. Please allow a bit more lead time for time sensitive goodies as this. Merry Christmas.

0 upvotes
Timosh
By Timosh (Dec 25, 2011)

Me too - I have just received this notice today Dec 25. Thanks all the same. Maybe you wil consider making it available once again.

0 upvotes
Scabrock
By Scabrock (Dec 25, 2011)

Hmmm - !! Just received this notice on Dec 25. Thanks a lot.

0 upvotes
alexanderd
By alexanderd (Dec 25, 2011)

It would have been good to recieve the email at least 2 days before publication, as it was recieved on 25/12/2011. which makes it a good Xmas present

0 upvotes
avengine
By avengine (Dec 25, 2011)

what is the point to send this offer, after the offer is over. it should be send out before it?? did i make any mistake, or I can still download it today??

0 upvotes
karm2u
By karm2u (Dec 24, 2011)

I just received the email today also. After seeing so many others in the same boat, I'm wondering if this wasn't a ploy on the publishers part to "up" the sales of the book. Scams like this only ensure I'll never buy one of his books.

0 upvotes
JanGM
By JanGM (Dec 24, 2011)

It is a pity for me too. I received the newsletter on 24th of december. I had likely received the book because in february 2012 i go to tanzania, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Just this locations are in the book. How can I get it?

0 upvotes
PeglegJones
By PeglegJones (Dec 24, 2011)

Also just received the news letter on 24th...what a sham.

0 upvotes
SANDE49
By SANDE49 (Dec 24, 2011)

I´ve just received DPreview Newletter today, 24 December...
Any new chance to download?...

0 upvotes
Hornito
By Hornito (Dec 24, 2011)

I just received notice of this evening around 9:30 pm on December 23rd. Someone needs to update this, and give us an correct date, so we can take advantage of the offer.

0 upvotes
DVolpe
By DVolpe (Dec 24, 2011)

yep me too, just got this on December 23rd

1 upvote
Lincolnshire Colin
By Lincolnshire Colin (Dec 23, 2011)

Well thanx for letting me know ON 23RD DECEMBER !

0 upvotes
Ted8
By Ted8 (Dec 19, 2011)

I was again dissappointed thea I could not down this article.Last week it stated it would be available on Sunday December 18. If i knew it would have been available on saturday and sunday for twelve hours I would have made the deadline.What a loss....

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
1 upvote
TomCreek
By TomCreek (Dec 14, 2011)

FYI you can read the ENTIRE BOOK online RIGHT NOW at the big search site. Rhymes with Poogle. Lol. Then you can decide whether or not you want to set your alarm for 3am to download. :)

Personally, I'd rather see DPR's multi-page in-depth camera reviews turned into pdfs for download.

1 upvote
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 15, 2011)

Yes, there are indeed plenty of illegal downloads on the internet.

However, you get get the book legally this coming weekend.

0 upvotes
Bruce Ambuel
By Bruce Ambuel (Dec 14, 2011)

Can dpr clarify what hours the English language version book will be available on Sunday December 18?

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 15, 2011)

We'll post a news story tomorrow with the precise details.

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 14, 2011)

The book will be made available this coming Sunday, this time with it hosted from our servers, which should be able to deal with the traffic spike.

0 upvotes
ziggy25
By ziggy25 (Dec 17, 2011)

Thank you.

0 upvotes
jljones
By jljones (Dec 13, 2011)

Whilst the idea is great, the practicalities of this were seriously flawed and maybe the whole plan was to create some kind of media hype. tried god knows how many times to download but failed.

0 upvotes
Oscar Einstein
By Oscar Einstein (Dec 13, 2011)

Uwe,
downloaded your book on Sunday and forgot to say thanks!
Very interesting, even for non-wildlife photographers.
Ian

0 upvotes
iTrax
By iTrax (Dec 13, 2011)

thank you Uwe,
great book, there was no problem downloading it from Western Australia, maybe because we are all up while everyone else is still asleep
kind regards
jack
P.S: one of my friends already started thinking about going to Tanzania ( Ruaha National Park ) with his beloved Olympus DSLR

1 upvote
StephenMcCloud
By StephenMcCloud (Dec 13, 2011)

It was a lousy offer. Why wasn't it extended? Free publicity? The whole thing sucked.

0 upvotes
Redbeeerd
By Redbeeerd (Dec 13, 2011)

Argh! I tried to open my downloaded file today, but it is broken! :-(

0 upvotes
forsakenbliss
By forsakenbliss (Dec 13, 2011)

got the download.
thank you for the christmas gift!
Merry Christmas, Uwe.

0 upvotes
Jim OnCan
By Jim OnCan (Dec 13, 2011)

I find the attitude of some on here very sad. The fact that they could not download this book, even though there were many ways posted here to do so. They are acting like little children, plain and simple!
As for me, I say thank you to Uwe for the offer of the book, it is very nice. Merry Christmas to Uwe and all on this site!

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
6 upvotes
ecube
By ecube (Dec 13, 2011)

It was worth posting the difficulty I encountered. Others posted link to Google URL, which I used as source download. I don't know if it was legal. If and when DPReview declare such download as illegal, I'd gladly delete the file. I think the Wildlife Photo would be helpful for ammatures.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 13, 2011)

At the point where the copyright owner, Uwe, has asked people to stop sharing the file, because the offer period is over, there's no legal justification for continuing to share the file.

2 upvotes
Joshlovesphotos
By Joshlovesphotos (Dec 13, 2011)

I was lucky enough to get the download.

Hey guys, don't waste your time complaining about what I would honestly consider a $1.99 ebook.

2 upvotes
TomCreek
By TomCreek (Dec 14, 2011)

I too got the download the day it was offered, and agree with you.

Out of curiosity, I checked just now, and you can read the entire contents online right now at google books. That and a gazillion other books.

0 upvotes
JDGagne
By JDGagne (Dec 13, 2011)

nice scam. there was no way to download this unless it was the middle of the night. Sometimes do nothing is better than screwing up; even though the intention was right. This guy is banned from my book.

1 upvote
Patco
By Patco (Dec 13, 2011)

Yes, he should have respected *your* time zone instead of his own.
How inconsiderate!

0 upvotes
JOSEPH NIGHTINGALE
By JOSEPH NIGHTINGALE (Dec 13, 2011)

HI, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DOWN LOAD THE BOOK FOR TWO (2) DAYS
AND NO LUCK.
I HAVE EVEN TRIED USING 4 DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES NO LUCK

THANK YOU
PJNIGHT

2 upvotes
ecube
By ecube (Dec 13, 2011)

Joseph - I don't know how the site was able to differentiate the location of the requesting computer with respect to timewindow, but the point is it was only for 12 hour duration for each specific geography. Your search engine was not the culprit. The site was simply overloaded.

1 upvote
p3142
By p3142 (Dec 12, 2011)

Great book. Thank you, Uwe.

1 upvote
Nikon_Guy
By Nikon_Guy (Dec 12, 2011)

I'll never do this again... thanks for nothing !

2 upvotes
David Wolk
By David Wolk (Dec 12, 2011)

All day, never got through. Should extend the offer or upgrade their server...

6 upvotes
ingo lang
By ingo lang (Dec 12, 2011)

never worked. pretty lousy download offer...

6 upvotes
sdemino
By sdemino (Dec 12, 2011)

never worked!

4 upvotes
zharry
By zharry (Dec 12, 2011)

Could not get through to download. Any way to get book? zharry

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
1 upvote
jmgir
By jmgir (Dec 12, 2011)

I can get it through Amazon for something like $23.00. Good luck

0 upvotes
ecube
By ecube (Dec 13, 2011)

Zhary - I was able to download. Unless you are a newbie, I would not recommend buying the book.

1 upvote
dimi
By dimi (Dec 12, 2011)

It failed to download for me and a friend of mine. Thanks for offering it though.

4 upvotes
btrenkel
By btrenkel (Dec 12, 2011)

Thanks for the Dropbox link - yesterday's experience was one of frustration. Tried and tried, but never succeeded.

Now starting to read - and looks good. Lots of valuable tips for the novice.

2 upvotes
morganb
By morganb (Dec 12, 2011)

This is gonna be great for my trip to Costa Rica.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Loren Charif
By Loren Charif (Dec 12, 2011)

I tried many times all day yesterday to download but all I got was a blank page, I assume due to the heavy traffic. Needless to say, I am quite disappointed. Do you plan to offer this again?

Loren

2 upvotes
jmgir
By jmgir (Dec 12, 2011)

Thank you for the book, has a lot of wonderful information. However, I would correct pages 48-50 and replace leopard with Cheetah, may be somewhere else also but didn't finish.

Thank you.

0 upvotes
Legendash
By Legendash (Dec 12, 2011)

Just got it at 10.47am on Monday morning, looks good. Thanks.

0 upvotes
Michael J Davis
By Michael J Davis (Dec 12, 2011)

I eventually got it from Rapidshare yesterday - out of interest I downloaded it again 10 seconds ago!

It's a brilliant book!

Mike

0 upvotes
BobTheLob
By BobTheLob (Dec 12, 2011)

Tried dozens of times - no luck, server timed out. Oh well...

1 upvote
Cindy McDonald
By Cindy McDonald (Dec 12, 2011)

I just downloaded it via the deposit files link.
Aussie time is 8.53 on 12.12.11

0 upvotes
alan e jones
By alan e jones (Dec 12, 2011)

Hi... i also tried dozens of times too what a waste of time that was !!!
my guess is most people didn't get the free book ..website obviously couldn't cope with the demand they should have known that !!!

1 upvote
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Dec 12, 2011)

Man, I missed the party... :(

1 upvote
andy forey
By andy forey (Dec 12, 2011)

tried 50 times - didnt understand how the rapid link worked .... seems silly that they put up an offer which will be over subscribed ... so unable to download

1 upvote
TerryN
By TerryN (Dec 12, 2011)

Still there 09:00 UK time. Follow BBsLX5's instructions below. Great book.

1 upvote
Za Noodle
By Za Noodle (Dec 12, 2011)

The rapidshare linke was still working a couple of minutes ago. Good book, well worth the download.

0 upvotes
Total comments: 328
12345