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Make Your Own Travel Guidebook

logo_main_v1_m56577569830488816.gifI’ve traveled a bit in my time and I never go anywhere without a travel book, but sometimes I end up buying more than one because each travel book has its own strengths, and, of course, its own weaknesses. Lonely Planet, one of the better guidebooks on the market, is using digital technology to address those issues by allowing customers to create their own guidebook. Starting with its Latin America guidebooks, users can download free chapters and access others for a fee between $2 – $5. The idea is that if you are going to visit Belize and Guatemala, then you don’t need the chapters for Panama and Costa Rica. The cost for the individual chapters is based on the overall cost of the book, meaning that you aren’t getting charged more money to make your own copy.

I think this is a genius idea and an innovative use of digital ebook technology. Since going live in July, there have been over 13,000 downloads of individual chapters of guidebooks.

This is another area in which music has led the way. You used to have to buy the entire album and now you can buy just one song at a time. Buying chapters of guidebooks or research books (priced right) is also very consumer friendly. Hopefully television will follow the ala carte mentality as well.

Via Publishers’ Weekly.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Robert
    Aug 29, 2007 @ 04:15:00

    You decide what you want to write in your E-book …which means your finished E-Book can be totally unique product that nobody else has to offer.

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