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Good Travel Guide, Missing a Soul

  • Oct 25, 2011
Traveling the North Coast of Ohio is one of the most interesting books I have read. While I am well versed in the subject matter, without the book, author SB Jeffrey bends the meaning of "book." This is an interesting title, as SB Jeffrey explains that instead of actually writing the book, it is taken from "high quality wikipedia articles."

Contents: Lake Erie Region; Toledo; Port Clinton and the Lake Erie Islands; Sandusky and Cedar Point; Lorain and Vicinity; Cleveland; Ashtabula; References

You cannot complain that there is no information in this book. It is full of interesting facts, references, maps, pictures, and more. As a guide to the North Coast of Ohio, I really don't think that there are any better travel books on the subject. Unless you are looking for one where the author immerses himself in the visit and shares his own experiences. That is what is lacking in this book - a personal viewpoint. Taken from wikipedia, the book is very serviceable. By the end, you are well versed in the North Coast of Ohio. Instead of losing time on your data plan, surfing wikipedia and Google, SB Jeffrey brings everything you need to know about this area of Ohio in a 205 page book. While it is a bound, well documented and referenced book of the area, what is missing is what I expect out of an author and a book. A soul. A piece of the author that helps me experience the area.

If you are planning a trip to the North Coast of Ohio and just want the facts, I don't think that there is any better book on the subject. If you want a travelogue, including places to eat, sleep, and play, you will have to look elsewhere. Traveling the North Coast of Ohio is an interesting concept, taking the text from wikipedia articles. However, it feels "industrial," as SD Jeffrey does not insert any personal feelings, observations, or experiences in the subject matter. That said, if you are traveling with family, Traveling the North Coast of Ohio is probably a good book to take on your trip; it presents the cities, islands, and history in a quick and easy to read format. Just like wikipedia. In fact, it is wikipedia, in a convenient book format.

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Payment: Borrowed

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This book is about the Lake Erie region of Ohio, from Toledo to Ashtabula. Readers will learn about the landscape, economy, tourist spots, and culture of the region. The book discusses cities like Port Clinton, Sandusky, Oberlin, Vermilion, Cleveland, as well as Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands.

Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.
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ISBN-10: 1241619921
ISBN-13: 978-1241619923
Publisher: Webster's Digital Services

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