Travel Guides Buzz

A few days ago I saw something about Frommer's, (owned by Google), going digital except for their Disney guides.  I can't remember where, it may have been an Ingram or Baker & Taylor e-mail.  This is enough for Harry McCracken to herald the end of printed travel guides in Time Magazine, Print Travel Books Are Dead, and There's No Good Replacement

Now I see at The Guardian that Lonely Planet has been sold by its owner, the BBC, as Kevin Rushby reports in The death of the guidebook will open up new worlds .  It's worth reading the comments on this one for some interesting back and forth.  Some say that the Web does listings of restaurants & hotels better, but that e-book versions of travel guides leave a lot to be desired.

Still, it sounds to me like another groan of tectonic plates shifting in our print collection.  Fiction is bursting at the seams, but non-fiction seems to be withering away in very definite areas.  Still thriving vigorously in print:  cookery and knitting!


Steerforth said...

A print travel guide is still a much better way of getting an overview and planning your trip. The internet is great for details like opening hours, booking tickets etc, but it's not a replacement. My Lonely Planet guides are like old friends.

Brett said...

I think that some journalists, being more wired than most, don't understand that most people do not interpret reality through a smart-phone or a tablet computer.