In World Hum they publish an interesting interview with Robert Reid, author of a dozen guides for Lonely Planet, who has now created his own travel guide Reid on Travel.
In the interesting interview Robert tells us about the future of the written industry for the traveling world.
It seems that the biggest enemy and competitor for Lonely Planet is not another publishing house focused on tourism but Google itself. It is not a novelty to declare that little by little we will see how the paper is giving way more and more to the contents of pages and blogs dedicated to the art of traveling. It is the most comfortable for getaways although it is not so much for long trips where it is convenient to go with a good book under the arm so as not to escape detail.
To give an example, until a new edition of a guide is published, the new hotels discovered are not listed for use by readers of traditional guides. With internet, hotel reviews and listings with direct opinions of its users appear instantly.
One of the main goals Lonely Planet proposes in the future to grow is to develop its content on the internet.
Also note that most web pages lack good maps that can be printed and taken on a trip. It is perhaps a fundamental point when traveling with tips in the backpack.
I am still from the old school and I like to take a travel guide with me, underline, understand it according to my convenience but I also think it is necessary to complement it with the tips and ideas provided by the pages and blogs about trips that enrich the internet. So for now, I don't see the situation for publishers as dramatic either.
Although one thing is true, tourism is so ingrained to world society that it is easier to leave home every day without anything prepared.