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About the map

There are 152,131 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.

For example, a user can find 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 probably the largest database of this kind.

How can I add books?

Books can be added here (login required).


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