Interactive Travel Guide provides a new way of discovering London during the Olympics

Interactive Travel Guide provides a new way of discovering London during the Olympics

The London Olympics Survival Guide provides both a reference to the London 2012 Games and a highly visual guide to the capital’s world-class attractions. Complete with over 150 high resolution panoramic photographs of London’s best attractions, this ebook provides an indispensable companion for anyone visiting London during the Olympics.

Matt Stephens, co-founder of publisher Fingerpress.co.uk, said: “This book really shows what ebooks are capable of, and why they aren’t simply paperbacks in a different medium. There are no other travel guides, as of yet, that combine panoramic photos with interactive maps.”

Doug Rosenberg, author and founder of travel website VResorts.com, added: “The convergence of ebook readers and color tablet computers in devices like the Kindle Fire and iPad has enabled us to create a whole new species of travel book. It would be impossible to deliver a book with this amount of photographic content for this price with a paper-and-ink-book, and it would be impossible to deliver a book with this amount of information and live maps at any price in a printed book that can’t access the Internet. And we’ve got a few more innovations up our sleeve for future titles.”

The first in a new series of “next-generation” Travel Guides from Fingerpress, the book really comes into its own when combined with the free “Magic Carpet Hotel Finder” app (available now for Android tablets, and iPad in time for the Olympics).

Magic Carpet provides additional map and search functions, not to mention a new, highly intuitive way of finding and booking hotels near the places you want to visit.

With the Magic Carpet app installed, touching a map or link inside the Olympics Travel Guide will launch the app and show the same location on a searchable, zoomable map, complete with Wikipedia links and additional visitor guides.

London Olympics Visitors Survival Guide was released this week, for Kindle readers with colour displays such as iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.