• Lonely Planet launches iPad guidebooks


    Many travelers have discovered the iPad as a useful travel gadget, using the device as a less weighty alternative to bulkier laptops. But iPad users planning on Europe travel just got good news, as the travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has announced the launch of guidebooks specifically tailored for the device.

    The company has announced that it will bring its full-color Discover Series to the iPad. The guides are a significant upgrade over their paper versions, allowing for searching, hyperlinking and zooming in or out in addition to the ability to bookmark and make notes.

    The launch includes guides for Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Ireland and France. For a short time, the company is offering the books at the discounted price of $14.99 as opposed to their regular $17.99 price tag.

    Lonely Planet CEO Matt Goldberg said "Travelers' needs are constantly changing and the iPad has given us the opportunity to reinvent our Discover guides as e-books for a completely new travel planning experience."

    Having a trusty guidebook also makes trips a bit safer, as well. The guides will frequently list where to go in an emergency, handy phone numbers to have and phrases to learn that may be helpful in various situations.

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