E-Guidebooks, your thoughts?

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  1. LarryInNYC

    LarryInNYC Gold Member

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    Will be on a 4.5 week trip to SE Asia in a month, visiting Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangkok, KL, and hopefully Bali. In the old days I would have picked up the most recent SE Asia On A Shoestring, but we'll have my daughter's new iPad (wifi only) along.

    Does anyone have thoughts and / or experience concerning downloadable guidebooks?
     
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    Just make sure any book/guide you get does not require any kind of wifi unless you are positive you will have connection.
     
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    Yes, I'm talking about guidebooks for purchase like Lonely Planet. I believe they're fully downloaded when purchased.
     
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    I have used etravel guides since they became available. On balance I probably will never have another physical one; the convenience wins for me.

    That said, there are a couple of downsides.
    1) Most of the links and searches do not really work very well, and the pagination seems always to be a problem.
    2) It's hard to make the bookmarks and parenthetical notes that I once made in physical books.
    3) Browsing is less efficient, for me anyway, with ebooks.

    Still, I just today downloaded two guidebooks for my next holiday trip. It is not possible to get a physical book so easily. The colors are better (on my iPad) than on the physical books even if the pagination screws up the title and the photo.

    I have one Lonely Planet guide. It is a trifle easier to use and has decent links, which several of my others do not.
     

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