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. What I'd neglected to think much about, however, is the fact that even the information so easily updated, the online kind that we tend to think of as up-to-date, may be far from that. It appears from the 2 posts I read that Fodor's is particularly lax in this regard. I admit, I'm surprised.
I like to travel in developing countries and these are the places that can change dramatically in relatively short periods of time. While some surprises can be pleasant ones, others not so much, like a guest house we counted on to be there, isn't. Or the train station in Tangier, I just found out, is torn up, so getting to and from there for the next couple of years will be convoluted at best.
I know it takes time to get a book into print, but website owners just, I think, need to care. So what can we do, I wonder, to encourage responsible online content, especially on the major sites we tend to use a lot?