This is problematic, especially when it comes to accommodations and restaurants in my experience, because ownership and management changes and closures are far from rare in the travel industry. A lot of guide book publishers have on line sites which provides updates to the guidebook. But that takes lots of effort and this is a real downside of printed media -- its short half life. Glad to hear you're looking at Sri Lanka! It's a wonderful destination.
This morning UPS delivered my new LP Sri Lanka guidebook, published January '15. Then I ran across this thread on another site. It highlights what many of us already know, that even a "new" guide is often, in fact, not new....
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