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Do not buy on kindle
on 3 November 2011
We downloaded this guide on to our kindle for a five week trip around Indonesia. The kindle version is appallingly bad to use to the point where it began to ruin our trip. It is incredibly difficult to negotiate around, the maps are unreadable with the legends ending up on different pages so you had to keep scrolling backwards and forwards to see what the numbers were referring to. The links within the pages to other areas in the book generally took you somewhere completely different to where it should have been and there is no ability to flick from the map pages to say the eating or sleeping descriptions making it difficult to read about somewhere you wanted to go and then find it on the map. It is basically just the book PDFed onto the kindle with no added features to make it usable, considering that when you normally use a guide book you spend most of your time flicking through referring to several pages at once. I thought the ability to book mark would help but unfortunately when bookmarking there is no way you can name the bookmarks and this makes it very difficult to know which of the many bookmarks you have relate to what you are looking for.
Having now used other media on the kindle like the guardian newspaper I now realise how possible it is to make non linear reading material usable on the kindle and only highlights how incredibly lazy lonely planet have been in transferring their paper guides into a kindle format. This is a huge shame because the ability to have all our guide books on the kindle for travelling was one of the main reasons we bought it because how amazing it would be not to have to carry all that extra weight.