The Plight of the Penguin now on iPad

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LSD’s award-winning book The Plight of the Penguin is now out on the Apple iBookstore. This is a new digitally-enriched and enhanced version of the book that won both the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year and the Children's Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.

This is now available in 51 countries throughout the world through Apple iBookstores and it is designed especially to take advantage of the rich interactive reading experience possible on the iPad.

As a special introductory offer it is available at a 70% discount for a limited time: only $2.99 (USD)

Penguins of New Zealand launch imminent

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Penguins of New Zealand, written by LSD with photographs by Rod Morris, is about to be launched by the publishers New Holland. Part guide book, part overview on penguins, it has been written with the wildlife enthusiast in mind.

Ants of New Zealand launched

Last night LSD was on the other side of the microphone as he launched Warwick Don's book, Ants of New Zealand, at a function held in the atrium of the Otago Museum. Surprinzingly, this is the first book ever published on New Zealand's representatives of this important animal group. LSD chided Warwick, a rugby fanatic, for seemingly making his collections at places around New Zealand that coincided with the locations of rugby grounds. He went on to describe the book as representing a lifetime's work and, with a nod to Grahame Sydney, Christian Barnard and Rudyard Kipling, LSD praised Warwick Don for his book – which he said could be regarded as a gift to the nation, a true "stepping stone".

Filmmaking Book launched

The Business of Documentary Filmmaking by Claudia Babirat and LSD (Longacre Press, 2008) was launched in Dunedin last night before a group of about 400 well-wishers. The book was launched by Graeme Wilson (left), Chairman of the NZ Screen Council.

Graeme established the Natural History Unit of TVNZ in Dunedin in 1977 with Robert Brown (pictured in the blue shirt) and Neil Harraway (who was also at the launch). In many ways this book represents the great-great-grandchild of something he started over three decades ago.

He said he hoped the book would be adopted as a text by all filmmaking courses in New Zealand.