Posted on March 16, 2016
Originally posted in December 2015 by Henrietta Verma of Library Journal
Travel books are popular with those who are actually starting to pack their bags as well as armchair voyagers. Either way, the library’s travel collection has to be kept up to date, and that can be expensive and time consuming. GVRL offers a great alternative: an online selection of travel titles for locations nearby and far-flung, and you’ll never have to weed the shelf. Titles include books for various kinds of travelers, from backpackers to families with children.
California: Eyewitness Travel Guides. DK. 2015.
DK’s travel books are like their reference titles that you might be familiar with: they offer straightforward, reliable facts accompanied by plentiful, high-quality images. As well as the usual travel information that readers might need on places to see and things to do while in Los Angeles, Southern California, San Francisco and the Bay Area, and Northern California, this title offers information on another major California attraction: the food.
Back Roads Australia. Eyewitness Travel Guides. DK. 2014.
Travelers today are sophisticated and many want to get off the beaten track. DK’s “Back Roads” titles allow readers to do just that, detailing more unusual attractions and routes in location around the world. GVRL also offers a “Back Roads” look at Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and France.
The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget. 4th ed. Rough Guides, 2014.
Remember guides like Europe on $10 a Day? Those days are gone, but travelers can still find some bargains if they plan ahead. Rough Guides help with suggestions for places to go, things to do, and where to eat that won’t make you want to get on the next plane home. GVRL also includes Rough Guides to places such as Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Marrakesh.
Turkey’s Southwest Coast: Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides. DK. 2014.
Vacation time is precious, and you don’t want to spend too much time figuring out the best places to go. That’s where the Top Ten series comes in. The books, which cover a range of cities and countries besides Turkey including Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Delhi, listing, for example, the top 10 restaurants, top ten places to stay, top ten parks, top ten festivals, and more. Perhaps most importantly, the titles also inform readers about the top ten places to avoid.
Paris: Eyewitness Travel Family Guides. DK. 2014.
Traveling with kids requires a lot more than throwing some t-shirts in a backpack. You’ll want to know in detail what to expect at your destination and what to do there to keep everyone entertained. That’s where DK’s Eyewitness Travel Family Guides come in handy. Written for families with children ages four to 12 years old, they’re eyecatching enough for kids to browse and get in on the fun. As well as information on kid-friendly tourist destinations, the books also describe health and safety information you’ll want to know before hitting the road with your little ones. Other Family Guides included in GVRL cover London, New York City, and Washington, DC.
Plus, the GVRL platform offers:
- Integrated Google tools—Once logged in, users can easily share and download articles — including their highlights and notes — using Google Apps for Education tools, like Google Drive.
- Cover-to-cover DRM-free PDF format, delivering a colorful, visual experience.
- Indexing at the title, chapter, and article level, so users can zoom directly to the information they need and search multiple eBooks at once.
- ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology