Wordtrails #2 travel tip
Paper weighs a lot. Read, then recycle magazines, paperbacks, and guidebooks. Hotels/hostels sometimes have an area set aside for book exchanges. Used bookstores are a good source for new to you reading materials and guidebooks. Perhaps you could consider riping apart guidebooks at home and packing only the essential pages.
The advent of the e-readers, smart phones and tablets, make it easy to download books and other materials into one handy, lightweight device.