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About the map

There are 152,123 books on the map that can be searched by countries, regions, or by any of the 18,877 specific places the books are set in or are about. Thanks to the efforts of users, this number is growing all the time.

In addition to powering the book map, the map enables geographically relevant book recommendations by providing books about a particular destination via an API. For example, a user can browse books on their smartphone or e-reader which are set in or about the place they are currently in.

This map is a project of Alexander Mackie. It began in 2014 as research into geoparsing and toponym resolution undertaken as part of the MSc in GIS at the University of Edinburgh.

Where is this data from?

Books have either been mapped by users, or their "whereness" has been disambiguated from more traditional catalogue metadata from the Open Library or from LibraryThing's Common Knowledge databases.

What is special about this?

Books on the map are tagged to one or more discrete points on earth using coordinates rather than place names. The unique thing about this is it allows us to find all books set near to a place or within a certain area. This is probably the largest database of this kind.

How can I add books?

Books can be added here (login required).

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