Chapter and Verse
So, Lonely Planet has launched what it calls ‘pick and mix’; which allows users to download single pdf chapters and compile a guidebook that suits their exact requirements. It’s kind of like the old ‘tear out the bits of the guidebook you need’ trick, but far more cost effective – you only pay for the chapters you actually need. This should work really well for guidebooks; I’d be keen to use it for things like wine guides as well. Provided the format works on the device I actually end up carrying in my pocket all of the time.
I suspect, though, that LP expects most people to print out a copy and carry that around. DIY POD as it were.
What with an interesting venture into PSP titles, it’s good to see a publisher explore delivery options beyond print.