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Google Earth – Map Your Books!

More news from Earthling (not quite my co-blog writer, but he sure gives me some good stuff to share with you 🙂 )

“This just launched, very cool. Google books search now lets you see a map of all the place mentioned in a book.
Go to
Search for your book
Click the ‘about this book’ link.

example: Pride and Prejudice

The 9/11 Commission Report
911 Commission Report

Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation
By William Temple Hornaday
Vanishing Wild Life

The great cities of the ancient world, in their glory and their desolation
By Theodore Alois W. Buckley
Ancient Cities

The Book of Ser Marco Polo
By Marco Polo, Henry Yule, Henri Cordier
Marco Polo

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
By Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes

Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang!: The Unoffical James Bond 007 Film Companion
By Alan Barnes, Marcus Hearn
James Bond

Travels of Ibn Batuta AD 1325 – 1354
Ibn Batuta

My comment: The maps usually showed up on the lower right part of the page, not always immediately visible, you have to scroll down. Not every page had a map, but the reference led to other similar books which had maps.

I didn’t even know Google had a book search section – and it is good! When I am reading, I like to read a train of books on the same subject – and I like the way Google gives small summaries which can give you an immediate indication whether this book will interest you or not. Thanks, Earthling!

January 25, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Books, Customer Service, Geography / Maps, GoogleEarth, Tools, Travel, Uncategorized


  1. “When I am reading, I like to read a train of books on the same subject”

    – me too.

    Comment by thecollegekid | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. That mapping your books thing is pretty cool…what will Google come up with next? Wondering…does it also map fictional places based on the descriptions in the book…now that would be something!

    Comment by David Schleicher | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. CollegeKid – Welcome!

    David – your question intrigued me, so I checked using “Around the World in 80 Days”. At first, I got a long list of the various versions. I clicked on one, and then clicked on “More about this book” and it took me to a page with YES! a map of all the places mentioned in the book. I can’t say that it works for all books, fiction or non-fiction, but it has worked on the ones I have checked.

    So give it a try yourself!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. i know this is off topic but did u know that the US gov’t is trying to ban google earth from viewing iraq cos apparently terrorist groups are using it to spot american posts

    Comment by Fonzy | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. Fonz, On January 14 I blogged about that – Google Earth Hurts American Forces but I understand from my “source” that now GE is using print outs from 2002, not up to date in parts of Iraq.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. Fonzy, it is an interesting relationship Google must have with the US government. On the one hand they fight the feds to keep our personal data secret, and on the other hand they need to stay within the law and preserve business relationships with the Government. Their Earth product is especially interesting in this aspect. I just read an article about Google Earth being tailored and used by DoD and Homeland Security –

    They walk a fine line, and seem to be doing a pretty good job at this balancing act.

    Comment by Spath | January 25, 2007 | Reply

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