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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741794617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741794618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Short on November 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've used Lonely Planet books extensively for 30 years and now that I'm what I'd consider a pretty experienced traveler, I think I'm in a position to point our some pretty major flaws in the entire Lonely Planet concept of travel guides and some specific flaws in this one.

LP ignores the fact that by far the majority of travelers are going to a place like Tasmania for the first time, and that almost all will be there for 1 to 3 weeks. They want to know what they should go see given those constraints. Sure, there are a couple pages in the front with some suggested tours, but these suggestions are so superficial as to be nearly valueless. After those skimpy couple pages, the reader is bogged down with detailed descriptions of what to do in a hundred mostly non-descript towns. A place like Tasman National Park, which has off-the-charts spectacular sea cliffs that go on for miles, gets 3 paragraphs - the same as the completely inconsequential town of Sorrell which is a place that you'd only stop in because you were out of gas or bottled water. Raving on for two column inches about a Sorrell farm stand of the sort that you find in any agricultural area in the world seems pointless - tell us about the things that are unique to Tasmania!

Pre-internet, LP books were useful mainly because there was nothing else. Frommer's guides were even worse and basically were a catalog of hotels and restaurants that catered to people who viewed the idea of moving on their own legs with horror. But today, LP needs to seriously re-think their approach. The books ought to recognize that there are probably a few distinct classes of travelers based on age, mobility, wealth, and interest, and they ought to structure the books around these categories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By purpleprose on April 10, 2013
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We used this guidebook extensively during our 7 day exploration of Tasmania (about 7 days too short). Lots of history, interesting details about some of the more out-of-the-way towns in the middle of the island. A good companion for our trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GJW on December 11, 2013
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This review is of the Kindle edition as experienced on an original Paperwhite. Lonely Planet guides in their paper form have served me well: I find them at least as helpful as other travel guides. I did not use this one enough to comment on its content, whence the narrow scope of these notes. Other forms of Kindle may be better than the Paperwhite at some tasks. But read on.

I quickly decided the volume (not the device!) was useless. I found the graphics too difficult to bother with: as the extreme examples, I found the overall map of Tasmania and the key to icons both quite useless. And navigation is clumsy.

As usual on the Paperwhite, maps are illegible and almost unusable: I say "almost", because if they were the only maps you had, you would persevere, and get something from them. I simply can't see anything like the detail I can on the paper equivalents. There is never a temptation to use a Kindle map on the Paperwhite if anything else can be found. In fact, the book has a paragraph which begins "E-reader devices vary in their ability to show our maps." Assess this aspect on your own device (using a sample, or other volumes from the same publisher) before relying on the legibility of maps and graphics: an approach might be to make sure that Lonely Planet's PDF maps, or their printouts, are available to you along with your Kindle text.

The book abounds with helpful hyperlinks to appropriate web sites - so that tapping the screen to navigate forwards or back, or to go to the menu, can't be done without watching exactly what you're doing, else you soon inadvertently hit a link to a web page! This is almost inevitable when attempting to go forward or back a few pages quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wairua1983 on October 14, 2013
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During my travels I have used quite a few different travel guides but Lonely Planet is a travel guide series I always return to because I've always made good experiences with the guides - the information always turned out to be reliable and thanks to the guides I was often able to either choose or avoid certain places/accommodation providers (not a fan of accommodation that is too noisy). I always supplement the travel guides with information from information centres and the internet, so I get the most up to date info but the Lonely Planet guides always give me a very good starting point and the maps are really useful!

I gave the guide only four stars because it lacks tours and extensive information for people who have more than 10 days to explore a place, and because too much information was repeated in the beginning. You could easily skip part of the book if you are after detailed information.
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