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Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 am
by Debra Park
Forming travel plans for the summer? Whether visiting Siberia or Disneyland, library eBooks make decisions easier than ever. A range of recommended travel guides, published by Frommer’s, Fodor’s, and Lonely Planet, provide country or regional highlights, maps and recommendations of what to see; some eBooks are filled with interactive links.
Search by location, book series name, or simply start with travel as the subject. The last time I left on vacation, I checked out two guide books. Using my iPad, I could read restaurant reviews and study maps as we explored. Each publisher emphasizes different area features and landmarks, but it was easy to switch back and forth between the guides.
Besides not having to lug around a book while you are on vacation, the best thing about travel eBooks is that you can instantly link to additional content if your eReader has an internet connection. In the Lonely Planet eBook Discover USA Travel Guide series, each chapter incorporates an “At a Glance” section with links to outside sources. For example, when searching the Pacific Northwest chapter, the Mt. Rainer National Park link features area “glaciers, mountain scenery and brag-worthy hikes.”
You may be as inspired as I was when I found The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris: The Best Restaurants, Bistros, Cafés, Markets, Bakeries, and More. Now I will investigate faraway destinations by preparing a couple recipes which reflect traditional French cuisine while dreaming of a future vacation.