Lonely Planet Adds Guidebook Maps To Their Site

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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It was announced today over at Lonely Planet that they are adding their guidebook maps to their online guides, a welcome addition to the otherwise truncated online guides that used Google Maps before.

However, a cursory look at the new addition shows that, curiously, the Google maps are still there, they’ve just added pushpins to various sights and attractions.

Not exactly a huge improvement. Wouldn’t it be better to use the Google maps but also to include links to the LP maps as they are seen in the print guidebooks (numbers and symbols with a key box next to it)? To me, the online map is too compressed (it’s just a small sliver at the top of the page) and good luck trying to figure out how to get to one point to another using it. I think LP should go back to the drawing board on this one. What are your thoughts? Bueller?

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