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Great travel guide but I prefer the paperback version over the Kindle version
on 16 June 2015
I have a large number of these travel guides. What I like about them is their format - each book gives an overview (rather than lots of detail). It provides a summary of what is on offer. Inside is not just the obvious i.e. the Top 10 sights to see. Also you get things like the Top 10 museums & galleries, Top 10 markets, Top 10 Arts & Crafts, Top 10 events etc. - even the Top 10 things to avoid. That makes them very useful, and a unique approach to travel guides. I use them to decide what to do, and then use another book (or a website) to give me more detail if I need that.
This book covers, for example:
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rocks & Circular Quay
Royal Botanic Gardens & The Domain
Art Gallery of NSW
Darling Harbour & Chinatown
(This is some, not all)
Top 10 topics include:
Top 10 Moments in History
Top 10 Historic Sites & Buildings
Top 10 Writers
Top 10 Museums
Top 10 Art Galleries
Top 10 Architectural Highlights
Top 10 Beaches
Top 10 Parks & Gardens
Top 10 Sporting Venues & Olympic Sites
Top 10 Outdoor Activities
Top 10 Activities for Children
Top 10 Restaurants
Top 10 Casual Dining
Top 10 Pubs & Bars
Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Friendly Places
(This is some, not all)
The book in its physical format is small - just small enough to fit inside a DL envelope (i.e. the standard white envelope, designed to accept a sheet of A4 paper folded twice). It is actually a few centimetres shorter than a DL envelope. This compact size makes it easy to fit into your pocket.
This book can't provide detail - it can provide `the big picture'. I now normally take two travel guides with me - a DK Top 10 one like this and a detailed travel guide, to get the best of both worlds. If you just have a detailed travel guide, you can miss out on things that you wish you had visited.
On a separate issue, I originally bought my Top 10 books in the Kindle format (because I am a Kindle lover) and to my surprise found the Kindle format terribly irritating. It taught me that when using a travel guide, you want to be able to flick quickly through it and jump around easily - that's SO much easier with a physical book. In addition, you want it to be in colour - you can cure that by taking your iPad with you but an iPad is bigger and heavier than this book in its paperback version. You can get round that if you have an iPad mini or a large screen smartphone (neither of which I had when I bought this) but you are still left with the problem of being unable to flick around the book quickly. Travel guides just don't work well in the Kindle format, in my opinion.
You may feel otherwise but that is how I feel. I found the relative awkwardness in flicking around the Kindle book a major handicap. And this is despite the fact that I buy most of my books in Kindle format.
The beauty of these books is that they give you an overview, which means that you end up doing things that you would not have done otherwise.