One of the stated reasons for the Lonely Planet sale to the BBC earlier this year was to expand the "digital" aspect of the business, an area where they had so far failed to leverage their reputation. For digital we really have to read online. After all, the Thorn Tree is great, but it's really just a forum. The recent story about technology issues at the BBC (via) make one question whether it was the right partner for online innovation.
Here's Tony and Maureen Wheeler talking about the sale.