Lonely Planet's Beautiful World
About the book
Journey to the planet's most magnificent places and see the world as you've never seen it before through the lenses of Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel guide publisher. Forty years of passion and experience has been poured into this thought-provoking portrait of our beautiful world. Inspired by our love of travel, this lavishly-produced, landmark pictorial shares more than 300 sublime photographs of the world's most captivating spectacles and will renew your relationship with the place we call home. Authors: Lonely Planet About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
"These photographs are meant to inspire wanderlust and they are successful in doing just that." The Daily Beast "A friend once said, 'The world is painfully full of beautiful places.' This book is acoffee table-size testament to that idea." Every Day with Rachael Ray "Nature photography at its highest level serves to both overwhelm our senses and deepen our relationship with this planet, our home. To describe this book as anything less thanthe end-all coffee table book would be an injustice." ForeWord Reviews "I found reading the book more of a meditation, seeing our amazing planet, discovering places I'd only heard about, and yet wanting to know more." Alaskan Apple Users Group Blog "In addition to the colorful photos, you can sense the sounds, smells, and feelings that your eyes can't quite experience on their own. Page after page of gorgeous photography will leave you speechless and aching to travel, pick up acamera, or both... Celebrate nature, wildlife, and the masterpieces of Man as you page through this book." GeekDad "From the land to the sea, Lonely Planet's Beautiful World features handpicked photographs that can only bring onesaying to mind: 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' If you have a case of wanderlust, the following destinations have views like you've never seen before." PopSugar "It creates a sense of place through iconic images ofdestinations on every continent." City Style & Living "Lonely Planet's new coffee table book will cure your wanderlust." Refinery29
Lonely Planet Biography
Lonely Planet is a travel guide book publisher. Founded in Australia in 1973, the company has printed over 150 million books.
Early yearsLonely Planet was founded by married couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler. In 1972, they embarked on an overland trip through Europe and Asia to Australia, following the route of the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition.The company name originates from the misheard "lovely planet" in a song written by Matthew Moore. Lonely Planet's first book, Across Asia on the Cheap, had 94 pages; it was written by the couple in their home. The original 1973 print run consisted of stapled booklets with pale blue cardboard covers.Tony returned to Asia to write Across Asia on the Cheap: A Complete Guide to Making the Overland Trip, published in 1975.
ExpansionThe Lonely Planet guide book series initially expanded to cover other countries in Asia, with the India guide book in 1981, and expanded to rest of the world later on. Geoff Crowther was renowned for frequently inserting his opinions into the text of the guides he wrote. His writing was instrumental to the rise of Lonely Planet. The journalist used the term "Geoffness", in tribute to Crowther, to describe a quality that has been lost in travel guides.By 1999, Lonely Planet had sold 30 million copies of its travel guides. The company's authors consequently benefited from profit-sharing and expensive events were held at the Melbourne office, at which limousines would arrive, filled with Lonely Planet employees.
Wheelers' sale to BBCIn 2007, the Wheelers and John Singleton sold a 75% stake in the company to BBC Worldwide, worth an estimated £63 million at the time. The company was publishing 500 titles and ventured into television production. BBC Worldwide struggled following the acquisition, registering a £3.2 million loss in the year to the end of March 2009. By the end of March 2010, profits of £1.9 million had been generated, as digital revenues had risen 37% year-on-year over the preceding 12 months, a Lonely Planet magazine had grown and non-print revenues increased from 9% in 2007 to 22%. Lonely Planet's digital presence included 140 apps and 8.5 million unique users for lonelyplanet.com, which hosted the Thorn Tree travel forum. BBC Worldwide acquired the remaining 25% of the company for £42.1 million (A$67.2 million) from the Wheelers.
BBC's sale to NC2By 2012 BBC wanted to divest itself of the company and in March 2013 confirmed the sale of Lonely Planet to Brad Kelley's NC2 Media for US$77.8 million (£51.5 million), at nearly an £80 million (US$118.89 million) loss.
COVID-19In April 2020 Lonely Planet made the decision to close its Australian and London offices and reduce staffing levels globally in response to the downturn in the travel business resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company continued to publish its guidebooks, phrasebooks, maps, children's books and inspiration ... Read full biography
|Publisher:||Lonely Planet Publications Ltd|
|Imprint:||LONELY PLANET PUBLICATIONS|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Edition Statement:||1st ed.|
|Publication date:||Oct. 15, 2013|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia|