New travel guide roundup - April/May

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The Independent Online

New travel guide releases this month are dominated by the Discover series from Lonely Planet, a full color guide now available around the world. Other releases include a journey on Britain's railways and a new roundup from Travel + Leisure magazine.

Lonely Planet Discover Series (Australia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and Europe)
Various, Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet officially launched its new Discover series May 10, seeking to broaden its appeal beyond its traditional "bootstrapping backpacker" market. The new full-color guides feature "best of" sites and itineraries, suggestions from insiders and revamped maps for those seeking a highlights-based experience.
€19.99 to €23.99 (£15.99 to £17.99 in the UK, $24.99 to $27.99 in the US)

Britain from the Rails
Benedict le Vay, Bradt

The recent turmoil in the airline industry made travelling by rail more appealing than ever. In Bradt's latest guide, Benedict le Vay offers a window-gazer's guide to the British rail network, pointing out the sights that can't be missed while travelling on a form of transport that shows no sign of losing its romance.
UK £14.99/ €32.31 (Released in US June 15 $24.99)

Hiking Nevada's County High Points
Bob Sumner, Spotted Dog Press

Bob Sumner has scaled more than 1,400 peaks in his time, making him eminently qualified to guide travelers across Nevada's Great Basin. Discover Charleston Peak near Las Vegas, the oldest trees on the planet, the old Pony Express and other highlights from Nevada's 16 counties in this guide, which includes driving, camping and historical background information.
$14.95 (US only)

Travel & Leisure The World's Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas 2010 (Worlds Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas)
Various, American Express Publishing/Dorling Kindersley

This photojournal details the cream of the winners of Travel + Leisure's annual World's Best Awards, featuring everything from classic city hotels in New York, Marrakesh and Shanghai, to affordable discoveries in Barcelona, Buenos Aires and New Zealand. This is the fifth edition of the annual guide.
$34.95 (US only)