Traveling in a Digital Age
While taking a break (between Titian and Bellini) in Venice's Frari Church, this traveler showed me how his iPad lets him carry 20 pounds of my guidebooks in the palm of his hand.
Rick's guidebooks are also ebooks...and now mini-ebooks
Whether I'm walking down the aisle during a flight or strolling through a museum, this year more than ever, I feel surrounded by people using smart phones, tablets and ereaders. We're traveling in a Digital Age. I was just in the Frari Church in Venice, and I'd guess that half the visitors were getting their information digitally.
For those who want to scrunch their travel info into an even tinier package, my publisher, Avalon Travel, has recently launched 73 new mini-ebooks — called Rick Steves' Walks and Rick Steves' Tours — that can be read on ereaders and tablets, but are specifically designed for viewing on your smartphone. (Download them to your phone before you go to avoid roaming charges.) Each mini-guide is a self-guided walk or tour that takes you to my favorite sights, museums, and neighborhoods in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Athens, and Istanbul.
With ebooks and apps often being device-specific, finding the right digital Rick Steves content for your ereader or smart phone can be confusing. To help, we've created a handy new Rick Steves ebooks resource.
Note that you'll need to go to your favorite ebook seller to verify if a specific ebook or mini-ebook title is available and to make a purchase. But if you want a good old paper copy, you'll find it in our Travel Store.
Rick Steves Audio Europe Update
Rick's free travel app has been given an upgrade! In May (Apple) and June (Android) we added content and improved navigation. Rick Steves Audio Europe app includes narrated versions of many of the sights, museums and walking tours found in Rick's guidebooks and ebooks — plus more than 200 excerpts from his Travel with Rick Steves radio show. The app is fun and practical, whether you travel by bytes or pages.