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Product Details

  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 1220 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 14 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741797802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797800
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

A great book with a lot of useful information.
Diana
So there should have been a discount for buying the kindle version in addition to the paper version.
Jeffrey Brooks
The name of the train is listed, as is the fare, but then it cuts off, literally in mid-word.
Ryan Davis

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Davis on March 1, 2012
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One of the reasons I bought a Kindle was because I take a three week trip every year and have grown tired of lugging around 10 lbs. of books. I like to take long distance trains, and I like to read on the train.

Theoretically the Kindle should be ideal for travel guides. Light, searchable, what could go wrong? Apparently, quite a lot.

In sum, here are the problems with the Kindle version of this travel guide:

1. Maps are unreadable. Either they are condensed onto one page (with miniscule type that is unreadable with a magnifying glass. I actually took a magnifying glass and tried to read it. I couldn't) or split haphazardly where one map is on several pages.

2. Lists are unreadable. Apparently, no one paid attention to formatting the page margins of, say, the list of trains that leave Delhi. The name of the train is listed, as is the fare, but then it cuts off, literally in mid-word. It costs 200 rupees to go to Udai...> Where exactly? I think it means Udaipur, but I can't be sure. Also, I have no idea how long it takes to get to Udai.... This is true for every single such list in the book.

3. The table of contents doesn't really work. Links are nonintuitive and don't really work. In some sections links work differently than the analagous links in other sections.

4. In fact, searching the book is pretty much useless. If you enter Pushkar, it gives you a list of every time the word "Pushkar" appears in the book. Introduction, side notes, glossary, it doesn't care.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B. Velzen on November 3, 2011
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I used the 14th Edition of Lonely Planet India to get around in India (of course) for four weeks in October 2011. Overall, I liked how LP reorganized and reordered the info in the book. I thought the manner in which they listed sights, hotels, and restaurants, etc. was better than their previous method, having used past LP's to travel elsewhere. I also found the information in the book to be accurate and agreed with most of their descriptions of hotels and places to eat.

The one point that I did not like in this edition was that LP seems to have lessened the geographic size of the maps in the book, and also eliminated some helpful maps that were in the 13th edition (e.g. various maps of the Darjeeling area). So instead of a map showing a larger portion of a city or several different areas of a city, you now get a map showing only the city center/one area but with more detail. In prior versions of the India guide, LP's maps covered larger and more diverse areas. Some people may like the extra detail of the smaller maps, but I personally liked the broader map coverage of past editions.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By maciejdakowicz on April 29, 2012
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I have travelled to India 10 times so far and been using Lonely Planet India guidebooks for 7 years, got my first one in 2004. I was very happy with them and each new edition was getting better and better, basically new places and maps were added, the book was expanding. The last 13th edition (published in Sept 2009) had 250 maps, they were very clear, showing often much more than just the city centre only, LP got it just right. I was very happy seeing a release of the new edition, as I am planning two trips to India very soon. Ordered the new guidebook and.. couldn't believe my eyes. LP changed their excellent maps! They are not as clear as they used to be, I find reading these new maps very hard, they use blue symbols now and road are marked in grey. Also maps are often much smaller, in the previous edition they covered much larger areas of cities. Also some maps are simply GONE, so there are quite a few cities without maps. The front cover of the 13th edition says "250 detailed and easy to use maps", in the new edition it is just written "196 maps" in small letters on the back cover (so 54 maps are gone?). They do not say "detailed and easy to use" anymore - not so proud about the maps this time? If it is not enough then imagine that some cities featured in the 13th edition are just gone, they are not in the book anymore (for example Daman in Gujarat).
What is new? The first 82 pages are in colour, so you get colorful maps of Delhi. There are also perspective plans/sketches of Taj Mahal and Red Fort, like the ones in the DK guides. I like them, but I feel they were added at the expense of the maps and places that got removed from the book. Each state has a different introduction too. And there is a fold-out map of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Basically everything is quite different now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2012
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I purchased this ebook in the hope that it would compare with the printed version (and to lighten my travel bag), and was very disappointed. I typically buy Lonely Planet guidebooks and I do appreciate their detailed coverage and practical advice. However the Kindle version does not even come close to the experience of reading the paper copy for many reasons. I tried using it on my Kindle device, on my Android phone, and also on my Windows PC. It didn't matter which device I used - they all were way less than satisfactory. Here are some of the reasons:

1. Bookmarks are good for reading books, but not for tagging pages of a travel guide because the bookmark navigation only shows the first sentence of two from the page. Half the time this is not helpful to figure out what was bookmarked, especially basic information like which city or region this page refers to. And when I click on the bookmark to see, it still is not always obvious which section I am reading (see #4).

2. You cannot view two pages at once (side by side) on the PC application so browsing one page at a time is slow and makes it challenging to refer back to the previous (related) page. For example when you are examining a schedule of train times and distances that spans two pages.

3. This book makes major use of links between pages. However it is too easy to follow a link on Kindle for Android to another page in the book, and accidentally hit the phone's back/previous button and end up closing the app. The Kindle Back button is hidden in a menu, requiring two clicks, and my natural tendency is to click the back (hardware) button on the bottom of my phone.

4. When browsing and reading a travel guide I tend to skip around a lot to find interesting places to visit or useful advice.
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