You intend to hike this summer. You need a hiking guidebook. You go to your local bookstore or outdoor shop. You find several guidebooks on the region that interests you. To determine which book will best serve you, look for…
Originality. A unique title suggests the book offers you a fresh, valuable perspective.
Creativity. An artful, contemporary cover design shows the authors’ enthusiasm for the subject.
Clarity. The directions are so precise that when you read them, you can visualize the trail.
Conviction. To plan an optimal experience, you need opinionated advice, not just directions.
Personality. An engaging voice. You’re choosing a companion. It should be lively, not dull.
Great writing. The authors are your guides. You want them to be intelligent and articulate.
Beautiful photography. A variety of revealing, full-colour panoramics and close-ups.
Ease of use. An inviting, spacious, logical layout. You want a comfortable companion.
Inspiration. Just flipping through it should fuel your desire to go hiking.
Commitment. How frequently have the authors updated the book? How recently?
Generosity. Are the authors giving back? You should see evidence on the copyright page.
Dialogue. Authors with an email address, website and blog are inviting two-way communication.