Pick&Mix could be an option and I think it's a great initiative
But, and maybe I am unique in this one, I like to have a whole guidebook and read about other parts of a country as well, even if I don't go to those parts. It just looks good to have a whole bunch of LP guidebooks in my room
Fair point! I'm a sucker for a good looking bookshelf full of guidebooks as well and I do like reading the other chapters just to kill time on the road.
Perhaps what would be good is an option to download chapters of the book you bought to print out. I could imagine buying a book, reading a lot of it, but then deciding to just take a few chapters with me (In the past I've either photocopied or torn out the relevant pages). Would be great if they introduced a system where after buying the full book, you were presented with a "password" to go online and download the sections you wanted. Though admittedly that probably would also be rather open to abuse.
Their regular prices are cheaper than anywhere else I've seen (including the American Book Center with the membership discount; which by itself is already a lot cheaper than regular bookstores), and then Joho has their own membership which gives you an additional 15% discount. As such I can't even remember when I last paid more than €20 for a LP (though admittedly, I mostly have thin ones).
Going to have to slightly come back on these statements. Was there again today, and either their prices have been raised substantially, or my memory has been playing tricks on me. They're still cheaper than regular bookstores, and the discount still brings that down further, but none of the four LPs I bought today got below €22.
(Oh, and they didn't have the new Brazil LP yet, either.)
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 14, 2007, at 9:13 AM by Sander ]
Thanks for the info on the Brazil guide Sander. I have looked in 4 bookshops in Breda and Utrecht the last days and couldn't find the guide either. I guess it is just a matter of days/weeks (I hope). It is time though, the current one is from January 2005 (so most info is from 2003/early 2004). And it is one of the more popular destiantion. Chile and Argentina have new ones every 2 years or so, Oz and NZ even less sometimes.
Also remarkable but understandable because of the fact that they are not that popular and thus there are less guides sold, is the fact that some very thin LP guides are sometimes the most expensive, over €30 euros sometimes.
One last thing if someone is going to Syria/Lebanon: I have two LP guides (the newest one) of those destinations and if you are interested, you can come and pick it up at my home. No...not a joke.
One major advantage about buying from a bricks and mortar store as opposed to an online store is the ability to haggle. When buying online, the price displayed is the price paid. I hate that.