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Different publishers specialise in different regions and in different activities. These are my opinions on the ones I have used.

Copyright: whoever owns the copyright receives the royalty income on sales volumes. LP writers used to own the copyright until it was noticed the best selling authors were receiving big royalty so thecopyright was bought back. Now no LP author owns the copyright. I believe this is one of the main reasons they are so inaccurate.

Publication Date: Without a publication date I cannot tell how old and hence out of date the guide will be. Footprint are the worst offenders here but paradoxically also produce the best guide for the region.

Publisher
Copyright owned by
Publication Date
Comment
Bradt Guides (UK)
Writer
Yes
The best for Africa.
I went to Madagascar because of Hilary Bradt's guide book.
Cadogan (UK)
Writer
Yes
Refreshingly different.
Footprint (UK)
Publisher
No, only edition number
The best for South America.
The South American Handbook is updated annually and is the best for this area.
Moon Guides (USA)
Writer
Yes
Excellent for The Americas but distribution is non existent outside the USA.
Rough Guides (??)
Writer
Yes
The most informative and encyclopaedic, but they can be hard to find.
Trailblazer Publications (UK)
Writer
Yes
The definitive overlanding series.
Chris Scott's Sahara Overland and Adventure Motorcycling Handbook are required reading. They also have an excellent Mediterranean Ferry Guide.
Lonely Planet (Oz)
Publisher
Yes
LP has the best distribution of any publisher so they are the easiest to find.
They also have the best structure but are the least accurate.
I only use these if I can find no alternatives.




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