Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
"SoCal Close-Ups: Your Vacation Guide," by Christopher Reynolds and the Los Angeles Times, includes about 40,000 words of frank advice in an ebook or iPad app on hotels, restaurants, museums, bars, parks, beaches and shops in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The iPad app version, "Los Angeles Times SoCal Close-Ups" is a visual feast that combines text with about 600 photos and a dozen videos from Times photographers, breaking L.A. and Orange counties into 12 chapters.
Info: $4.99 for ebook; details at http://www.amzn.to/SePC3a. iPad app is 99 cents per chapter in Apple's App store, http://www.bit.ly/Rjki6p