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Jul 19, 2013

A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

Lonely Planet will make more cuts -- up to 100 jobs could go -- as it transitions painfully to a digital future. While more people are travelling, fewer are buying guidebooks.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Iconic Australian travel-book publisher Lonely Planet will shed up to a third of its Melbourne head office staff in the shift to digital.

In a statement, the company founded by Tony and Maureen Wheeler said it was making a number of changes to its operations “in response to a challenging external environment and to position the company for continued success”:

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2 thoughts on “A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

  1. Harry Rogers

    Consultants always tell you the obvious and 12 months after it has happened but then charge you for telling you what you already know.

    Everything IBISWorld says is like DER!

  2. James Adams

    It’s unfortunate, but this is going to keep happening across all industries in response to growing online dependence.

    Another reason could be greater competition from free online resources. Wikivoyage, a free online travel guide, was just launched this year as a sister project of Wikipedia. When basic info is available for free online, it’s hard for paid publishers to continue to run a profit.

    http://en.wikivoyage.org/

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