thorough, on-point details illuminated in print, says Frommer.
(Books covering Iceland, New Zealand, and Tokyo and Kyoto
will arrive in 2015.)
Amy Lyons, Globe Pequot’s editorial director, credits the
company’s strong focus on regional coverage as a factor that
lends itself to print. “We aren’t trying to help a reader find the
best hotel rate––we are uncovering and celebrating different
regions in unique ways,” she says, noting the company’s strategy of exploring travel through the lenses of food, history, and
art. One example is a new series, beginning in the fall with
Connecticut, that is centered around New England town greens.
Designed to appeal to exploratory locals and armchair travelers
as much as those plotting vacations, Lyons says the goal of Globe
Pequot’s books is to give readers “a blended experience of place
and interest—something that digital has trouble doing—with
personality and point of view.”
With all eyes on South America during last year’s World Cup,
Fodor’s took the opportunity to update its Rio de Janeiro and
Brazil guidebooks, including a special section on the much-buzzed-about soccer tournament. The company also added a
World Cup Fever feature to Fodors.com, including interactive
maps and a full match schedule, along with downloadable apps.
Other series, too, saw developments in 2014. The Amsterdam
iteration of Rick Steves’s popular Pocket guidebooks debuted,
as did second editions for Paris, London, and Rome. Additionally, new editions of Steves’s Phrase Books were released for the
first time in six years. Newlin says that the earlier editions of
these five titles sold more than 500,000 units combined. “The
new ones have been completely revised and are printed for the
first time in full color,” he adds, “with 50% more content and
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The local library remains a popular resource for would-be vacationers. Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection for the New York Public
Library, says she sees a steady demand for travel titles in print and digital formats in the categories of adventure literature, armchair travel,
guidebooks, and natural history. For November 2014, Tuliao identified the top five circulating guidebooks as DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New
York City; Moon Costa Rica; and Fodor’s guides to New York City, Cancún and the Riviera Maya, and the Caribbean, with the DK Eyewitness book
garnering 71 checkouts. As one would expect, the demand for titles varies from month to month depending on the season, she says. — A. A.
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