Travel e-books are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. For better and for worse, technology is rapidly changing and influencing how we do just about anything. This is good news for travelers, as more information is now available in real time, and travel has become easier, simpler, and even safer. Thanks to e-books and blogs, more information is at our fingertips than ever. While many travelers are reluctant to give up their favorite travel books, there are a few positives about e-books that can’t be ignored. One important fact is that electronic travel guides are easy to update. Instead of printing edition after edition, an electronic guide can simply be amended. And after all, up-to-date information is the best information for travelers.
The way we consume information is also changing. Not only are travel e-books available on our computers, but also on portable devices such as a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or iPhone. Unlike books that can be difficult to search, electronic travel guides have easy search functions. This makes it simple to locate a neighborhood, restaurant, or attraction with a few clicks. They are also friendly to the environment and cut down on weight for travelers to carry. It is possibly to store hundreds of travel e-books on one Kindle, for instance.
Beyond the user-friendly search function, there are more reasons why travelers love electronic travel guides. Maps are easy to read and zoom functions allow readers to use maps efficiently. Many e-books also contain active links, redirecting readers to more information online. All of this can be done in a matter of seconds and can be bookmarked to return to later. Many advocates of traditional publishing make one exception for e-books: traveling. When you’re on the road, e-books can enhance your experience by maximizing time for fun, not for searching endlessly in a travel guide.
Travel e-books, blogs, and even magazines for iPad can all provide up to date information. This can be essential for travelers who want to know what neighborhoods are developing, where the best restaurants are, or where to find the best nightlife. Whether you are concerned about travel safety, details on travel insurance, cultural etiquette, or simply a place to grab a cup of coffee, an e-book can come in handy. The only difficulty travelers have is knowing which e-book to buy.
Some e-books are written and produced by the same travel guide companies you know and trust, such as Fodor's or Frommer's. Others are written by independent publishers, perhaps well-known online, or new to the travel writing scene. It can be difficult to know who to trust, so don’t buy anything without reading a sample first. Most electronic travel guides allow you ‘browse’ in a similar way to how you would browse at a bookstore. By reading the table of contents and sample pages, you can decide whether or not an e-book is right for you. On your next trip, give travel e-books a try. They might wind up replacing travel guides as your favorite resource while on the road.