timeout.gifTime Out, the publisher of city-based entertainment magazines and travel books, is preparing some of its city guides for eBook release. The initial set of eBooks will be guides to London, Venice, Barcelona, New York, Cape Town and Paris, with more guides to follow later in 2010, according to the travel tech Web site tnooz. The guides will be available directly from Time Out‘s site, as well as other online retailers, according to the site.

The e-guides will be interactive, with Web-linked maps. The guides will cost £12.99. eBookNewser is still looking into whether and for how much they will be available in the US. The article also reports that the guides will be formatted for eReaders, Blackberry, Web browser, and PDA. What’s a PDA? Is that like a VCR? Do people still use those?

Also interesting is a comment made by a self-identified “scribe” for travel books, who takes issue with the idea of a publisher re-purposing his content for use in eBook editions. This yet another issue raised by eBook publication of content originally intended for print. Do you think a company like Time Out owes its old contributors money for e-content, or did writers legitimately sign away those rights?