DK Eyewitness Guides Celebrate 20th Anniversary with a Guidebook Giveaway

DK Eyewitness Guide NYC - Sample Page

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mike Miller, winner of the giveaway. Enjoy your new guidebooks, Mike!

One of the world’s best guidebook series, the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, is turning 20 years old this year. To celebrate, the company is giving away a 4-pack of its most popular titles — the travel guides to Italy, London, New York, and Paris — and has asked me to help them with this giveaway. (Details for the giveaway at the end of this post.)

Full disclosure here: I have written for DK. Most recently, I helped the company with their guides to Washington, DC. But I have never contributed to the titles included in this giveaway and my association as a contractor for DK did not affect my decision to work with them on this PR push for their anniversary. (In fact, the PR company that sent me the release had no idea I’d ever worked for DK!)

Although I have contributed to DK’s guides in the past, I offered to help them out with this giveaway because I am a long-time user of their guidebooks. I’ve worked on travel guides for many different publishers over the years and find that the format of DK’s EW guides are the most user-friendly. The maps, the architectural cutaways, the way that each section is summarized with mini-maps and photo call-outs on a title page — all of these elements are intuitive to me as a traveler and I appreciate the way that DK guides tend to take a deeper dive on art and culture.

I’m most familiar with DK’s Eyewitness Guide to Rome, the first edition of which I devoured during my first visit to the Eternal City. I got a preview copy of the 2014 edition of the DK Eyewitness Guide to Italy and I am so excited to use it when I travel to Italy next month.

DK Eyewitness Guide to New York City

Win a 4-Pack of DK Eyewitness Guides!

Here’s the lowdown on what’s new with the series:

  • New itineraries based on lengths of stay, regional destinations, or themes
  • City guides with tailor-made daytrip and weekend itineraries
  • Country guide itineraries ranging from two to fourteen days
  • Brand-new hotel and restaurant listings
  • DK Choice listings highlighting special recommendations for dining and accommodations
  • Simplified price and cuisine categories, with photography throughout
  • Redrawn maps for improved readability
  • Restaurants plotted on maps and listed with adjacent sights
  • More detailed street maps, with subway stops and viewing points

If you want to win a set of the 2014 editions of DK’s most popular guides, just add a comment below about why you want to win this this 4-pack ($100 value). I’ll pick a winner at random on June 25th. Your chances of winning depend on the number of entries. But let’s be honest here–this is a very low-traffic blog. So you could soon be the owner of four top-notch travel guides.

Thanks for your interest. Good luck!

Photographs and text reproduced by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House from DK Eyewitness Guide to New York City. ©2014 by DK. All rights reserved.


Espresso Anywhere

HandpressoShut up and take my money, Handpresso, maker of portable espresso machines. To be honest, you had me at “Hand” but then you really nailed it with the “presso” part. How did you know I was the perfect person to which to send that press release this morning? At any rate, I can’t wait to use you:

Before elephants trample me.

Espresso with Elephants

Or while I’m paragliding in Austria.

Paragliding with espresso

Come to think of it, I may not be worldly enough to buy your portable espresso sets. But I do like the idea of being able to have a cup of espresso anywhere, anytime. Good luck!

Drafting In Draft

I am writing* this post in Draft, a lovely new cloud-based writing tool that is, if I am not mistaken, completely free**. I know, I know–you’ve seen many different online writing tools come along recently. You’ve certainly heard plenty about cloud-based programs. But I think you should give Draft a try.

What I like about Draft so far is the ability to use it in tandem with so many other sites like Evernote, Google Docs, Tumblr, WordPress, etc. You should check out this helpful Draft doc which shows you all the things that Draft can do, from a more visually appealing “version control” function to “Uber for copyediting”–apparently live copyediting help. I have yet to use this feature as this is the very first thing I’ve written in Draft.

This has been a very pleasant experience. I want to thank Mike Janssen for the tip via Twitter.

*Update: There’s a little bit of wonkiness in the exporting/publishing to WordPress. But I am chalking it up to my being a beginning user of Markdown, which Draft uses (beautifully and cleanly). I’m tweaking this post in WordPress now.

**Update 2: There is a very stealth button on draft that takes you to a “Support Draft” page. The service is currently free. Specifically:

“Right now Draft can be used completely for free. But if it’s something you enjoy using, please consider buying a subscription…” I think it might be worth it, but I’ll let you decide on your own.

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