News of the layoffs brought fears that the company, which (according to its Web site) currently sells five hundred titles covering a hundred and ninety-five countries, might cease commissioning new travel books altogether. Lonely Planet has dismissed these rumors as false, but the layoffs have prompted renewed discussion about the decline of traditional travel companions. (In recent years, travellers have relied increasingly on social networks, online forums, and travel sites like TripAdvisor and Expedia to get recommendations and tips; guidebooks sales declined by twenty-seven per cent between 2010 and 2012, according to Nielsen BookScan). Many people have been rallying behind Lonely Planet. Tattered, notated copies of old guidebooks can be as evocative as photographs or trinkets. They also maintain a practical importance: there remain locations, like remote villages and off-the-grid mountaintops, where travellers, lacking online resources, are still forced to rely on physical books.