Wednesday, November 14, 2012

London City Guide

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From DK Canada

About the book

The stunning images, lively illustrations, and enhanced visual content of the DK London City Guide are brought to life on the iPad. Large-scale maps with pinch-to-zoom and scrolling facilities will help you find your way around. Feature pages in area itineraries provide interesting context on related topics, such as the city by season, cuisine, and ceremonies. Attractive photography and illustrations rich in detail allow you to explore London remotely, giving you the sense that you're already there before you have reached your destination.

The enhanced DK London City Guide is the perfect companion for visitors planning a short break or long weekend in this royal city.

My Thoughts

Are you planning to explore London in 2013?  Or you know that a business trip to this city is imminent?  Well, he City Guide London will help you to discover London and make the most of your trip.   This fabulous ebook will allow you to explore by day or by interest as well as by area.   A locator map is inserted in the pages to allow you to see where you are in relation of other areas to visit.  At the end of each itinerary you can click on some specific buttons to see your restaurant options and extra places to visit.  In a close up map in the pages you will see the main sights in black bullet points and the restaurants in orange.  It’s perfect to allow you to visualize where you are and find yourself around London.

A special feature section is also incorporated to let you discover the historical context or additional information on specific places in London.  Also, you can read information on the major sites in special pages in the By Area itineraries.   History buildings are decorticated to reveal their interiors, museums and galleries possess color-coded floor plans to guide you during your visit and interactive widgets will allow you to explore.

Here’s some example of the pages inside the London City Guide ebook.

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I really love that you can explore the city by  day, interest of area.   In the Day by Day section, you will discover a week-end trip, a 3 days trip or a 5 days trip.    In the By Interest section, you can explore the city based on the history & culture, the shopping instyle, the great outdoors or on a family fun day. Then you could also chose to explore the city by area – Westminster & the West End, Bloomsbury & Regent’s Park, The City & East End, Southwark & The South Bank, and Kensington & Chelsea.   I adore visiting zoos when I am travelling.  So I decided to explore more of the London Zoo and Regent’s Park with the ebook.  Did you know that the Royal architect John Nash laid out the park itself for the Prince Regent in 1811.   By clicking on the more sights button I also discovered the you can visit the Lord’s Cricket Ground which contains a museum and the Cumberland Terrace.

More and more people are travelling with their tablets nowadays and it makes sense to adapt the familiar city guides book into ebook.   However, I am uncertain about carrying my iPad around when I visit a place.  I will admit that I never though that as a possibility.  I guess the regular ipad (we own first generation ones) is a bit bulky.  I would seriously consider a mini ipad for travel in this case.  It takes less space in your purse and would be very useful for a city guide type of book.  

London City Guide is fabulous and contains much needed information for the person who will travel to this city.   The London City Guide Ebook is available 6.99$ on iTunes. This book can only be viewed using iBooks 2.0 or later on an iPad. iOS 5.0 or later is required.

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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