Monday, January 29, 2007

#102 Books and maps - together at last

Books and maps. I wonder why we didn’t think of it.

Of course, they go together - like peanut butter and jelly, like love and marriage, like horse and carriage, like the Colts and the Super Bowl, and yes, like a geographer and a librarian. Leave it to Google to bring them together.

Here’s what they’ve done so far. Let’s say, you use Google’s book search service to find a book and you come across Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. On the ‘About this book’ page, Google’s map shows all the locations of Captain Cook’s voyage that are mentioned in the book.
Now that’s handy. And if you, like Captain Cook, are planning a big trip, you could use this handy book/map combination for your research. Thanks to the geographers in my life for pointing out this fun feature. To read more about it, see this post on the Google BookSearch blog.

Yours in appreciating all good combinations,

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