Why Analogue Guides—aren’t there already quite a lot of guidebooks?
Yes, though we feel that many of them are either too comprehensive to be fully digested before a trip, or too narrowly specialized given the multifaceted nature of the world’s great cities. Analogue Guides seek to bridge this gap: at around 120 pages, the books are concise, highly curated yet diverse manuals to the city.
At only 120 pages the Analogue Guides are quite compact. What’s missing?
The idea of the Analogue Guides is to provide a concise introduction to the city, highlighting a curated selection of 60 high quality venues. The guides eschew topics that we believe are better documented on the internet, such as listing chain hotels or giving in-depth background information on classic attractions.
Why print? Isn’t everything going online?
Yes, many things are, but there will always be situations in which printed matter are more convenient or pleasant to use—much in the same way that we still enjoy taking trains or drinking apple juice. In the instance of the travel guide, we feel that there is no equivalent to the reliability of a printed guidebook when faced with the prospect of navigating an unknown city. We have also attempted to highlight some of the medium’s most attractive features through the use of high quality materials and a clear layout – and at around 120 grams, each guide weighs less than an iPhone.
Are all venues listed in the guide independently or family owned?
No, but most of them are. We do find that family owned and independently run restaurants and shops tend to have a more inviting, dedicated atmosphere and quality of service. However, as long as venues are unique, high quality and not brazenly bottom line oriented, we consider them.
Are you being paid to include some venues and not others?
No, we curate the guides independently without any outside interference.