I downloaded the Cicerone app and NEVER used it. For me it was a waste of money. I would highly recommend Wise Pilgrim or Buen Camino apps. I haven't used Camino Ninja app much and it wasn't around when I walked the Norte but I think it is also good. I use Gronze.com too. If you are walking in high season the more apps with the more choices of places to stay the better. I walk much later in the year and I need them because so many albergues are closed when I walk. You also don't need a book you can get all these through your phone. Pick an app or two they are free but it wouldn't hurt to donate to the app makers. I bought a "bundle" from Wise Pilgrim 4 or 5 years ago. It had a boatload of caminos in the app bundle. It was a great investment. Now I think these are all free apps.I recently finished the Frances using John Brierley’s guide which I thought was excellent. I’m interested in the Norte and Primitivo but see that Brierley does not have a guide to these. I bought one from Cicerone but do not like it. Any suggestions on a good guide for the Norte and Primitivo?
I believe that it is also available as a Kindle ebook, so more weight could be saved downloading it to a phone.I have just ordered a Camino del Norte Village to Village Map Guide book by Matthew Harms, Anna Dintaman and David Landis. I used their Camino Primitivo guide book and found it excellent. It is a slim, lightweight book, and it gave just the right amount of info, particularly elevations, distances and variations for each stage, as well as a bit of background on each town and accommodation options in each. It was the next best thing to a Brierley's.