Lonely Planets and Rough Guides can be quite expensive if you buy them at a bookshop so it's best to get your first one or two online. If you're off to several countries you don't want to buy the lot in advance as that would be like carrying a library. It's best to get the first one or two you need and then, when you're leaving that country you swap it for the country you're off to next. You often meet someone travelling in the opposite direction so this can be a win - win for you both. I gave my first Lonely Planet to the man who checked us in on the flight leaving India. It was pretty tatty by then and there were a few pages missing but it still covered 95% of the country!
LP have deals on at their website that you won't get in the shops, so take advatage while you're still planning - here's a list of some of the best ones I could find:
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I haven't tried the downloading chapters thing. Not sure if it'll be a good thing or not. Wandering around a strange place holding out your Kindle or Netbook or whatever - I'm not sure its such a great idea but then I haven't tried them yet. Others might disagree. Let me know if you've used it and what you think...
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You can get discounts on Rough Guides too, direct from the Penguin publishers website. Again - it's cheaper than going to the shops as they are rarely if ever discounted in the high street. Shop managers know it's a specialist book and not one you might pick up just because its cheap. Who wants a guide to Patagonia unless they're really planning on going there, even if it is cheaper?