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April 20, 2008


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However, I think travel guidebooks serve two functions, only one of which is guidance during the actual trip. They are also used to provide insight and ideas as one is planning the trip, and by offering a variety of hotels (often with a map showing proximity to key sights/restaurants, etc.) that helps with organizing the trip long before one arrives and provides context. I suppose there is a third function which is simply armchair travel: I think that is why I have an Austin travel guide on my shelf although my only trip to Austin was 24 hours spent completely in an office building and sadly allowing no time to explore what I am sure is a delightful city.

I do not disagree that carrying a bulky travel guide around on vacation is a pain. However, just as one is told not to look too much like a tourist by consulting maps and guides obviously, I wonder if noticeably consulting my BlackBerry might make me alluring to thieves. Also, I find it is sometimes hard to read the screen outdoors.

Dan Harris

I tend to agree with Joe. The question is if we need travel guides in 2008, when we have fellow travelers on-line that are more up to date than a book who was edited 2 years ago. In the case of backpacker places, not once I have found myself following the recommendation of "Lonely Planet" just to find out that the place has lost its reputation longtime ago. With TripAdvisor, WAYN and , one can find very easily up to date recommendations, travel mates and all the travel info one's need to get oriented while traveling. The eGuidebbok sounds like a nice solution too.

Travel guides need to adjust to the new era, minimize their books size and be more up to date if they want to survive the travel 2.0 era.

Ann Manby

Hi Joe, Thank you for taking a look at the Pocket Guidebook and sharing your thoughts. I just want to add that SharedBook is the company that provides the technology to create your own travel guide, as well as for other custom and personalized book products.

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