The Slow Death of the Guidebook, and Why You Shouldn’t Mourn
The news of Lonely Planet’s NC2 Media buyout didn’t affect me at first. “Another print company downsizing because people have replaced books with cell phones and tablets — big deal?”
Most of the travelers I know say they hate guidebooks anyway, because they’re cliché, consumer-based, and somehow don’t authenticate a real travel experience. Maybe this downsizing isn’t such a cause for alarm.