Tuesday, 30 December 2008

"The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace"

I’ve been informed today by my publisher, Avalon Travel , that one of my books, The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace (published in 2001), has been deemed officially out of print.

Fortunately, that may be a good thing for would-be readers, and for me. The book got rave reviews, not just as a guide to the online travel marketplace but for its elucidation of general guidance for online shoppers for other products and services. But it never sold well in print.

Despite the success of a few Internet-related how-to books, Internet users look for advice mainly online, not in books. Equally importantly, many travellers have been conned into believing that the Internet is a substitute for travel knowledge, rather than a tool for do-it-yourself travel agents, the optimal use of which depends on understanding something of the work of professional travel consultants. A recent survey, for example, found that the majority of respondents erroneously believe that the Web sites of online travel agencies like Orbitz, Expedia, or Travelocity are required to show you the lowest available fare — rather than, like any other salesperson, showing you whichever choices they believe will make it most likely that you will buy whatever brings them the largest profit. Clicking “buy” on whatever one of these agencies first suggests is like buying the first thing any saleperson shows you.

Now that the book is out of print, though, the rights to the text have reverted to me. It may take some time to update the content and figure out how best to format it for the Web, but I plan to put as much as possible of the book online on this site in the future.

In the meantime, there are a few brief excerpts from “The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace” already on this Web site. And if you want a printed copy, used copies are usually available through the Advanced Book Exchange (ABEbooks.com), a consolidated listing service for independent bookstores throughout the USA and around the world. (I’ll be updating the links to the book throughout this site to point there, but it may take a little while.) I’m currently trying to find out if there are any remaining copies in the publisher’s and/or distributors’ warehouses; if so, I’ll get hold of them and make them available directly.

And of course, my other book, the latest edition of “The Practical Nomad: How To Travel Around the World” (4th edition, 2007) remains in print and available from your local bookstore (if they don’t have it in stock, they can order you a copy) and all the other usual sources .

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 30 December 2008, 19:23 ( 7:23 PM)

How about licensing it under Creative Commons?

You can also sell it online as a PDF e-book; while people are reluctant to buy paper books on Internet topics, for some reason PDF e-books can be quite successful.

Posted by: Bill Ward, 31 December 2008, 14:32 ( 2:32 PM)
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