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Lonely Planet Turkey Paperback – April 1, 2011

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James first visited Turkey as a student, at the end of an eastern European trip. He lived on bread and cheese triangles for a week in Istanbul and the Princes' Islands, before using the last of his funds to get home to Britain. His latest Turkish trip was more successful: wandering Anatolia and making up for student starvation by spending his entire fee on kebaps. When he's not investigating various countries' national dishes, James lives in London's "Little Turkey." He has contributed to half a dozen LP guidebooks, and co-authored A Year of Festivals, featuring Turkey's camel- and oil-wrestling festivals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 12 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741797241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797244
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife and I are in our 60s, and travel light -- with one change of clothes, two toothbrushes, a laptop and two cameras. We spent 7 weeks in central Turkey in 2010, 10 weeks in 2011 and are returning for 11 weeks in 2012. We travel cheap, without an fixed itinerary, and use inexpensive lodging and eateries.

The Lonely Planet guide was our travel bible. Whenever we met another trekker (as opposed to a tourist) we found that (regardless of nationality) a worn copy of Lonely Planet protruded from his knapsack.

Lonely Planet is not for upscale tourists; they should use a Frommers (which is useless for us). One drawback is Lonely Planet's popularity. We repeatedly found that any hotel well-recommended would raise its rates 25% to 50%. We would go to a "lesser" selection.

Are there shortcomings? That is a moot question, since there is none better.
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DO NOT buy this if you want a guide book on Turkey. Navigation is almost impossible or at least un useable as a guide book. Only buy it if you want a novel. That is, you have to read it from front to back just like a novel. This is a very very poor effort by Lonely Planet to try to sell ebooks. It is a large backward step for Lonely Planet. I imagine that all their guide books for Kindle are probably as badly designed and user UNfriendly. I should have heeded the warning of another review. My mistake and $15 badly spent.
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By B S on January 21, 2012
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This is the worst guide book ever. It is NOT a new edition. It over three years old with a new picture pasted on the front. Do your research Lonely Planet. Most of the prices are wrong, and half of the hotels and restaurants are no longer open or have different names. This is a huge waste of money. Do not buy this if you plan to actually go to Turkey. This book does not make me want to travel around Turkey. The writing is atrocious and it appears that whoever wrote this does not enjoy writing or traveling. Such a huge disappointment.
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My extreme annoyance with this Kindle-version guidebook has nothing to do with its contents. The Lonely Planet contents may be excellent, but I wouldn't know because I was stymied by the difficulty of trying to navigate it. This was an exercise in frustration. For example, our first destination after Istanbul was Van in eastern Turkey. The search function for "Van" yielded 104 entries. That's an entry for every time the word "Van" occurs, listed in the order the word appears in the text. There's NO way to identify the main entry. Search "Antalya"? 140 entries. Try "Konya"? 110 entries. Attempting to browse a Kindle guidebook is maddening and time consuming.
Yes, the Kindle is light and compact for travel. It's fine if you want only to read a book straight through from beginning to end. But for a guidebook or any book that you want to browse, safeguard your mental health and buy it on paper!
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The previous book was too hard to read because of the print size and the arrangement of
topics was so condensed that comprehension was compacted.

This new version is much, much better. In fact, I had to look twice, since I had also ordered
the Eyewitness series on Turkey. This time the descriptions are a pleasure to read and comprehend.

I find the list of "sleeping" areas is too limited, so use the eyewitness Turkey book to compare
hotels. Still love the historical notes and book recommendations. Read 3 of the 5 books listed
last time to prep for my trip.

Love the improvement.

B.T.
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only reason i bought this one is there's no other option for a shoe stringer like me. but after reading several of LP, i learned how to use this. 1. a brief history 2. maps 3. backgrounds 4. info on cultural visits are good to look up. but 1. don't go to the eateries they're recommending : expensive and touristic 2. seems that they don't know which hostels they're talking about : there're plenty out better and cheaper than ones listed here. i've been living in istanbul since 2010 and traveled many places in turkey. so believe me, you'd better ask around if you travel on a budget. or you can get a decent map and brochures at the tourist info. for the new look i gave this 2 stars.
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Do not buy the kindle edition of the lonely planet turkey guide. I agree with the other reviewers regarding content (it's very Istanbul centric). Often the 'summary' description of a place found in the front of the book (e.g. top 10 places in Turkey) is what you'll find later on in the book when looking for more information about a specific place.
More importantly, the kindle lonely planet reading experience is terrible. Maps are shown in single-page tiles, so you'll often find yourself scrolling through 9 pages of map tiles for each place. The index isn't much help either, as it doesn't show any more detail than the region you're looking for. Want to find the section on Olympos? You'd better know which region it belongs to. Doing this by hand with a printed lonely planet is much easier and enjoyable.

Do not buy this kindle ebook.
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I had a few Lonely Planet Guide books in the past for other cplaces i visited. I feel that this one is not as easy to use. It was hard to locate the different cities easily. There was not outlines index in the front of the book to help to locate what i was looking for. The print is too small. It was hard to find the restaurants based on the address that was written. The hotel description does not help much regarding what the hotel is really like.
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