Lonely Planet South America On a Shoestring 11th Ed.: 11th Edition Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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A Hoosier by birth, Regis St Louis grew up in a sleepy town where he dreamed of big-city intrigue nd small, expensive apartments. He settled in New York, which had all that and more, in 2001. He currently lives in Chelsea and is a full-time travel writer.
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Why doesn't Amazon account for this??
Now, don't get me wrong, it is good to know the negatives of all of the places you will visit! I want to know that I shouldn't take unmarked cabs and that the border patrol is very likely going to steal everything of value from my luggage. However, the warnings in this book had me paranoid and quite frankly, afraid. I would say that I am a well traveled person and live in a large city, so maybe this book wasn't meant for me. Based on the title of the book, it might be more appropriate for people who have never traveled before, backpackers. If you are a fairly confident, well versed traveler, I would consider another book. If this is your first time traveling anywhere, this might be the book for you. I am sure that all of the stories in the book have happened, luckily, I didn't experience any of them.
Incidentally, I can't wait to go back to South America, but I will be using a different book.
I recently bought the Kindle edition of South America on a Shoestring and I have some complaints about this book.
Besides the fact that a lot of information was inaccurate (I will submit this separately), I believe the Kindle edition was too hard to use (and in many cases unusable) for the following reasons:
1) The maps in the Kindle edition are HORRIBLE. The maps are cut up in various pieces (because they otherwise would not fit the screen) but this also means that the legends are randomly cut up as well and are mostly impossible to use. LP should have redesigned the maps for the Kindle but since it hasn't done this I found the maps useless. In some cases the cut up maps were scattered throughout a chapter making it impossible to easily navigate between them.
2) The navigation options are extremely limited and frustrating to use. "Table of Contents" always goes back to the main table and there is no option to go to a TOC of the current chapter/country. There should be a lot more links inside a chapter to navigate quickly to other pages in the chapter, e.g.: you could have a link on each page to the country TOC + a link to the map section.
3) Bookmarks are useless: since a Kindle bookmark only shows a limited amount of text + a location number, it is impossible to know which bookmarks is for which chapter or country. I understand this is a Kindle limitation but something that LP should try to address with Amazon.
All in all I found the Shoestring Kindle book very hard to use and very limited compared to a real book. Since it costs about the same I feel I overpaid and in retrospect feel that I shouldn't have bought this book at all.