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Lonely Planet Costa Rica (Travel Guide) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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About the Author
The miles covered by Nate Cavalieri during the research of this book passed at a leisurely pace n he explored the south coast entirely on bicycle, recovering from the blisteringly hot afternoon rides with icy Medallas. When not traveling, he lives in Sacramento, California, where he is a writer and musician. Nate also wrote the Music chapter.
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Lonely Planet used to be for traveler's going off the well-beaten tourist trail and used to deliver spot-on information... I suspect the BBC buyout has changed that. Cultural/history sections have now been pushed to the back of the book, while photo pages listing 'best of' sites take the center stage.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be alternatives to LP (yet).
I am a long time user of the Lonely Planet guidebooks and have generally been very happy with their products but this was a very poor effort by a once reliable source of travel information. The Kindle format has such great potential to increase the usability and accessibility of information for a travel guide but this ebook failed on three main points.
1. The Kindle version of the book was little more than a straight transfer of the printed book. That may sound good but the printed book has two pages facing each other whereas the ebook is limited to a one page view. This meant that interesting side-bars, maps, graphics, etc. Lonely Planet is famous for now brakes up the text and makes it hard to follow the information presented because it was no longer in a logical order. Mid-paragraph you are suddenly interrupted by these extra items and then 2 (or more) pages later the text picks up where it left off before the extra material. Simple editing of the text to fit an ebook format rather than a page for page copy would have made this book much easier to read and use.
2. The maps, graphs and most importantly the glossary are all straight photocopies and can not be adjusted in size. This means that on a normal Kindle (2012 Paperwhite version) these things are illegible. Retyping the language section is a small task and would have made my trip much easier. Making the maps zoomable also would have helped immensely.
3. Navigation of the ebook was incredibly difficult. The chapter guide and table of contents were woefully inadequate and the index is completely gone (no internal hot links, no list of topics, nothing)! So if you are using the Kindle version to find what is interesting in the country your only hope is to read it from front to back...because skipping around to the parts of the country you are most interested in is nearly impossible with the chapter guide. Entire regions of the country were not listed and could only be found by using the text search on the Kindle. This meant that you had to search for a city within the region and then backtrack page by page to find the neighboring towns or a simple region overview. Since this information is typically something that Lonely Planet normally excels at then why do they make it extra difficult to find?
I know I said there were three things I didn't like about this version of the book but one final thing also really annoyed me: The internet hyperlinks are everywhere! Again this also sounds great...if you are sitting at home planning your trip but you will find these pages filled with links really annoying when you are on the streets of San Jose trying to find your hotel. Every time you try to touch the screen to turn a page it wants to open a browser, but since you are in a foreign country you don't have on-demand internet everywhere!
I would recommend that if you like the Lonely Planet experience then simply buy the printed version of the book. When you can find the appropriate text within the Kindle version it is usually up to the LP standards and can be helpful, but finding the right text is a crap shoot. Some of the information in the printed version may be out of date for some places but it is much more accessible and user friendly. The company hasn't really made any of the efforts necessary for an effective ebook version of their guide so don't waste your time on a substandard product.