Lonely Planet Writer

Less guidebook choice at the airport?

Several airport bookstores in the UK have recently changed the way they're doing business. The statement below, from our team in London, summarises our point of view.

Last week, we learned that WH Smiths travel stores will stop stocking Lonely Planet guides - as well as Bradt, Frommers and Time Out books. (The travel shops are the ones you find at UK airports and train stations.) The only ones that will stay are DK and Rough Guides.

You might think we're just bitter because they're the competition. But frankly, we don't think it’s very fair on you, the traveller.


You deserve the right to choose between a Lonely Planet or a Rough Guide, a Time Out or a Bradt, an AA or DK guide. Competition is healthy! It makes us all work that bit harder for you.

So what happens now?

Well, we're looking into how we can rectify this and fight for your right to pick the guidebook you want! You can find us on Facebook, on Twitter or right here if you want to ask us any questions or discuss the matter further.


Where can you get your Lonely Planets from now?

Don't fret! Lonely Planet guides are still available in your high street WH Smiths as well as other bookshops like Borders or Waterstones, and - as always - our online shop. And only stores in the UK are affected.

So buy before you fly. You could even save some pennies while you do it.

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