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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lonely Planet Author Admits He Made Up Parts of One Book

Thomas Kohnstamm admitted to the Daily Telegraph that he didn't really go to Colombia before writing the Lonely Planet guide to that country because "they didn't pay me enough." Instead, he pumped a girlfriend who worked at the Colombian Consulate for information. The publisher is now reviewing the titles Mr. Kohnstamm has written for it. Mr. Kohnstamm's latest book, Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics and Professional Hedonism, is set for release next week. The (Australian) Daily Telegraph article quotes other authors for Lonely Planet who voice concerns about the company's policies. Says one author, Jeanne Oliver, "Why did you (management) not understand that when you hire a constant stream of new, unvetted people, pay them poorly and set them loose, that someone, somehow was going to screw you?'' Read more here in a CNN story.

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