Friday, March 30, 2012

Biking Illinois: What Would You Change?

If you could change/improve anything about Biking Illinois -- short of the author -- what would you do? I'm looking for any ideas about format, content, page size, whatever.* Is there any important information missing or worthless information included? Which is more appealing, a statewide book or a Chicagoland book? Ditto for roads versus bike paths?** You can think about it for a while, but please reply within the next few days.

* Note that the original design and format were dictated by the publisher based on Biking Wisconsin, so you won't be hurting my feelings by criticizing.

** I was ruminating over this last night. There are hardcore roadies who have no interest in bike paths, and there are recreational path riders who have no interest in roads. Who is the market for a book mixing the two like Biking Illinois? Is it shunned by road riders because so many rides are on paths? Do path riders put it back on the shelf because there are too many road rides? Ideally road and path riders would all buy it, but I fear that instead of casting a wide net, such a book might appeal only to the overlapping audience of people who enjoy both types of rides.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Dave, you know about the series supported by Aussie publisher Phil Latz?

http://wheretobikeguides.com/books/chicago/

David Johnsen said...

Chris,

Sadly, yes. It makes my book look like crap by comparison, and it has great distribution as well (that's not to say I don't like it, just that I wish I wasn't competing with it).