Then I got the realy good news: Lonely Planet was going to include all of their guidebooks as part of the rental program.
For someone traveling the world this is really great news!
Prior to leaving Santa Cruz for South Africa and the first leg of our around the world journey we had ordered paperback copies of the Lonely Planet guidebooks we would need for our trip.
This was a calculated decision as my wife and I still have trouble visualizing a travel destination through a Kindle edition guidebook.
As you know though carrying all these guidebooks is a real drag and purchasing digital versions through Lonely Planet is very expensive.
Enter Amazon Kindle Unlimited
For $9.99 per month Kindle Unlimited allows you to virtually “check out” up to 10 books at any given time; including (but certainly not limited to) the complete collection of Lonely Planet Guidebooks.
Unlimited reading from over 700,000 books
Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks
Read on any device
Only $9.99 a month
And if you are a road-schooling parent like ourselves the deal gets even sweeter with tons of childrens books on hand.
Granted, the selection of books is not world-class by any means and I still complement this with our city’s free digital library. But having access to every single Amazon Kindle Lonely Planet Guidebook for Free as well as access to many other country specific guides makes this the best $9.99 I spend each month.
To top it off you can take Kinlde Unlimited for a test drive your first month on the road for free.
You can search Amazon’s Unlimited book collection by clicking here.
Scribd also offers a similar deal with over 500,000 books including all the Lonely Planet Guidebooks for $8.99.
They also offer a free 30 day trial so technically, if you are savvy you can travel for 2 months with all the Lonely Planet guidebooks you want for free.
I think Amazon is the best deal though and if you have a Kindle device and kids it makes for an ideal situation.