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In the past, I had always purchased DK Eyewitness books (printed type) bc they provide great pictures that helped me figure out what I wanted to see before making my itineraries. I got the Kindle version for the first time and unlike what I experienced in the past, it contained a dearth of photos and left me very disappointed.
We have in excess of 20 DK books on various cities and countries and regularly browse through them to remind us of past trips. One of the main highlights of the books is the extraordinary number of colour photographs which enable rapid decisions on what to see to be made, particularly when on the road. This new production is excellent in content but dismal in the quality of production. It now resembles any other guide book which uses newsprint paper and thin covers. The glossy paper of the past is gone as is the resultant quality of the photographs. This was the main reason for purchasing DK guide books as one would normally go to Lonely Planet or other books to get detailed descriptions and content. We have a new edition of the Lonely Planet Spain, as well as this recently published DK book, and will probably just take the lonely Planet book with us when we head to Spain soon. We will not purchase additional books from DK Eye Witness in the future.
Having previously been primarily a Lonely Planet fan, the DK Eyewitness books they have been publishing in the last few years have started to win me over. Gone are the childish drawings and in is good use of colour and plenty of photographs to keep you informed. This Spain guide is one of their long format versions with plenty of detail.
With the detail comes the length and size of the book, though it's not too big that I wouldn't consider packing it in a bag to take away with me. The book is divided into various sections, some of which will be useful prior to the trip - such as suggested itineraries while others more useful while you're on the ground - such as maps and details on key sights. The book is well laid out and has comprehensive coverage of the country including a number of places I hadn't heard of from my previous visits.
Overall then if you're looking to get away to Spain this is a pretty good companion to help you plan and enjoy the holiday.