With some vacation time coming up our upcoming destination is the USA, not the first time but it’s been a while since I had a chance to visit the Big Apple, plus there are plans for a road trip on the east coast… so like it’s time to do some homework and prepare.
All the old books around my house and the rest of the family seem to be ten years old, and with travel books it’s usually a good idea to try and get a relatively new edition that tells you about places that still exist and has prices that are still more or less accurate. Imagine my disappointment, when we went to the local bookstore, and best they could offer was the “Lonely Planet USA East Coast” 2011 edition, and for close to 50$ – no less (they seem to think they can charge that even an old Hebrew translated edition – go figure).
Then a thought occurred to me – since I bought my first iPad a few years back, 90% of my reading is digital – why should travel books be any different?
It turns out, Lonely Planet – thought so too and have the most attractive offers on their online shop just waiting for people like me!
Lonely Planet Shop Vs. iBookStore
While some of you may wonder, why not check the iBookstore first (well, I checked for you), it turns out that’s not the place to buy! and here are several reasons for that:
- On Lonely Planet shop you can find the same books that appear on the iBookstore and more.
- For each book you buy on the Lonely Planet shop, you can download it in PDF format (easy to print sections as needed for personal use of course) and if am iBook Kindle compatible version exist – you may download these versions as well so you can have the same book available on multiple platforms.
- Bundles and coupons – the Lonely Planet offers wonderful deals such as 3 for the price of 2 books, a hardcover edition to go with your digital copy (with free shipping over 25£ ).
- There’s also an option to purchase individual chapters rather than the whole book if you want.
I ended up getting 3 books online, all 2014 edition and paid about 30$ – much less than those 50$ I would have spent on that old hard cover edition they had to offer at our local book store. So if you made the switch to digital content (and even if you haven’t), next time you prepare for a vacation I sincerely suggest you head over to check the lonely planet online shop.