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Mobil celebrates the 50th anniversary of its popular travel guides by giving its 2008 editions a more sophisticated look. The new format is still not as purse- or pocket-friendly as Fodor's or Frommer's, but these four series titles are smaller than the earlier Mobil editions, which looked like they belonged on the front seat of the family sedan. Like the AAA guides, the Mobil guides describe family-friendly activities and attractions and recommend lodging facilities, spas, and dining establishments. Noteworthy in this era of blogs and web site-generated user reviews is Mobil's stringent criteria for its prized star ratings. Mobil's team of anonymous inspectors evaluates properties based on standard measurements that include the expected issues, such as cleanliness and location, but also some more distinct ones, like whether the inspector was offered a beverage within 60 seconds of being seated at a restaurant. The guides are updated annually, and a page-to-page comparison of several entries in the 2007 and 2008 editions revealed few significant changes other than those relating to rates/prices, contact information, and other such details; the occasional added or deleted entry; and some abbreviated restaurant descriptions. Libraries where Mobil guides are popular will want to update with these new editions, but sleeker format aside, there is little in these anniversary editions to warrant purchase by public libraries that have not experienced demand for the series.