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Digital Guidebooks ... Where are they?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was reading a blog about a guy who kept mentioning reading his guidebook on a PDA. Then on a few google sweeps I came across some more snippets.

Now as someone who does value a guidebook, I am wondering where they are getting these digital guidebooks? I went to LP's store and saw only the smallest selection, and they were mainly city guides.

Then off to Amazon. Nope, not even in Kindle.

Am I missing something here. I know travelfish have something for asia that you can download.

Is there something else out there? Or are these people referring just to popular US and Euro city guides?

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2008, at 1:26 AM by outcast ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5028 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting outcast

Now as someone who does value a guidebook, I am wondering where they are getting these digital guidebooks? I went to LP's store and saw only the smallest selection, and they were mainly city guides.

You must not have looked in the right place - Lonely Planet has about half its guides (*looks* actually, I think they have all of their guides now) in "pick and mix" format; a PDF per chapter for $1-$8, depending on the size of the chapter (most are $2-$3).

They're regular PDFs, too - no silly restrictive DRM or anything. They just trust the honesty of their users to not share these files. That's probably the bit I find most commendable - and it really makes the files very usable, as you can view them effectively anywhere, and do whatever you want with them.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2008, at 7:31 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ah Great stuff! I'd been looking in Digital Guides. Not Pix n' Mix - So that's what people are glued to on their PDA's these days

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2008, at 11:32 AM by outcast ]

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Some cities also offer mobile guides - you connect with your PDA to their network and they use GPS, a navigation system and a virtual tourist guide hooked up to both to get around, find shops, restaurants, hotels and download podcasts explaining sights.

Berlin has such system according to what I heard.