Lonely Planet develops Pick & Mix guidebooks

Lonely Planet is to trial a create-your-own guidebook download service featuring content from the Caribbean, Latin and South American countries.

The pilot could eventually be extended to include the publisher’s entire range of destination content and information into fully customisable electronic or PDF guidebooks.

The first phase will allow travellers to download individual chapters from 35 guidebooks as PDF documents.

Lonely Planet said the functionality of Pick & Mix to be included in the next phase will be decided in the coming months, based on user feedback.

Lonely Planet’s Tony Hall said: “Over the years we’ve received countless letters and emails from travellers telling us they’d like to take just the parts of our book that match their travel.

“Pick & Mix enables this and is perfect for people travelling to multiple destinations not covered by one or two individual guidebooks, or those looking for very specific information. It’s also handy when plans change or you can’t get to a book store.”

Rival guidebook group Dorling Kindersley launched a similar product earlier this year, where users can create their own PDF guidebooks from any content the company publishes.

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