Bad times for travel bookshops

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17 August 2006 , AMSTERDAM — Bookshops specialising in travel are suffering from the availability of better, more up-to-date and free information on the internet.

17 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Bookshops specialising in travel are suffering from the availability of better, more up-to-date and free information on the internet.

One third of the country's travel book shops are for sale, faced with fusing with a rival or closing their doors for good, according to a report published on Thursday by newspaper 'De Volkskrant'.

Information on the internet is often more current than travel guides.

"I’m just selling out of date information," one Tilburg book seller said.

He added that other new technology is also having an impact: "Who needs a map when you've got a TomTom?"

Besides the internet, travel books shops are facing a changed travel market, said Fokko Bos, chairman of the Association of Travel Book Shops in the Netherlands (Vereniging van Reisboekhandels in Nederland).

"We have noticed that the Dutch are making shorter city trips, rather than longer journeys into nature. Thanks to this, they are making do with slim travel pamphlets rather than more extensive guides complete with detailed maps," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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