It’s time for part 2 of my look at whether a Kindle can replace travel guide books or not. Part 1 from December ’09 is here. I’ve received some excellent questions, plus there are some really interesting feature improvements in the past year. We also need to consider new readers, technology and options on the market now. My choice for a guide book replacement today is much different than what I would have chose a year ago, and may not be at all what you expect. Let’s take a look at how the Kindle worked, and what I would choose to replace good old guide books today. With the Google eBookstore on the market our choices look much different now. Read the rest of this entry »
While gathering up my travel gear for my upcoming trip I quickly realized that I had a logistics issue. You see, I like to have a guide book on hand for each country I visit. I don’t cling to them for direction, but they can be handy for general referrals and seeing what else there is to do in an area. In some cases you can cover a region with one good Lonely Planet, but not always. My trip will hopefully encompass a lot of regions and countries. Also, to add to the issue, I don’t really know ahead of time which regions or countries I will go to. So this gives me the following problems:
1. I can’t pre-purchase guide books without knowing where I’m going exactly.
2. I don’t want to carry all those guide books even if I found a way to buy them.
3. I can’t reliably rely on the internet for looking things up while on the road.
4. I can’t reliably purchase my next destination’s guidebook in my current destination.