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Digital RS travel books

I have already bought RS most recent travel books for the Netherlands and Belgium. Is there any way to also get the digital version without having to buy them again? I only ask because this way I wouldn’t need to take the entire book and take up precious luggage space for the books.

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I suspect buying the paper version does not grant access to the digital version

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the e-books are sold by outside companies completely separately from the RS Europe company.. No discounts or freebies I'm afraid

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I only ask because this way I wouldn’t need to take the entire book
and take up precious luggage space for the books.

Most people just rip out the pages that they need and take those along.

I do all my research ahead of time and find that I am looking at the relevant guidebook pages less and less when traveling. So, what I’ve started to do is just make a list of the sights I don’t want to forget about.

I used to take all the maps from the books too. But I’ve learned that the maps app on my phone works great and so I just rely on that to get me where I need to go.

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What you could do is get the digital RS books from the library using the Libby app. I did that a lot - that way you'll have the printed portions you want but also access to the E-books. You can usually keep them out for 3 weeks (make sure your settings say that - I think the default is 2 weeks so you might want to change that).

They are popular so I would try and request them ahead of time. Sometimes it requires a bit of work timing it but it's definitely doable.

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What Mardee said. And if you know someone who has already purchased the ebook version, they may be able to share it, depending on the platform. I know Nook offers this.

Also, we take screenshots of relevant maps and sections so we have them on our phones with no need to download or have cell/wifi connection while out and about.

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What Mardee said.

I will add. We use the RS walking tours as well as the Eywitness travel tours, and building cut outs. I get digital copies from the library via Libby or Hoopla. For the tours, and building cutouts, I like a paper copy to use while walking around. Since I can't bear to tear a page out, I take a copy of the pages. Then, I can make the map bigger as well.

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I am doing this for the first time this year, so we will see how it works out for me. I have created "Notes" with headings by key topic (a neighborhood, a city, etc.) and taken scans with my phone of the relevant pages of the guidebook so I can carry the information to refer to, but can ignore it if I end up not needing it. I plan to delete the notes (they take up a good amount of room) as I go to free up space for pictures. I will have the notes downloaded to my computer to help me when I return with my journal notes, but I think this is a good way to go for this year.

We are headed to four countries so I didn't want to carry books. I also feel like I need multiple book resources for certain places as Rick "curates" a place differently than I might so I want specifics of places he largely ignores.

Good luck with your trip!

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I get digital copies from the library via Libby or Hoopla. For the tours, and building cutouts, I like a paper copy to use while walking around. Since I can't bear to tear a page out, I take a copy of the pages. Then, I can make the map bigger as well.

Jules, are you talking about a physical copy of the map? Or digital? What I do is open the digital book on my laptop and take a screenshot of the map, then I insert the screenshot into a Google document (or Word). That way you can make it bigger or smaller and add little notes to it. Once it's final just print out a copy to take. It's sort of a variation on what Rebecca does.

Laura, I did something of the sort - I created individual documents in Google for each destination (i.e., Edinburgh, Skye, Arran, etc.) then added notes, links, and maps to that document. Right before I left, I downloaded them to my phone so that they were easily accessible offline (although I had plenty of data from T-Mobile). Sort of like a mini-guidebook. But I also still pulled up data from my RS library E-book and the Rough Guides.

And by the way, if you buy a paper copy of a Rough Guide book, they give you a digital copy for free. You can't use it on Kindle but I opened mine in Apple Books (or you can use Adobe Digital Reader).

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Yes, a physical copy. If I have the digital copy, I get it from there. If I don't I take it from the book. I have to time the digital copies because there are typically waiting lists, and I want to be able to have it for the trip.