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Old 02-24-2009, 07:15 AM   #1
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How about an atlas?

I've always liked maps, and sometimes when reading fiction (in the real world, not fantasy) or non-fiction, I miss a map of the zone where the story is set up, so I can see where the cities, rivers, etc. are.

So... what would you think of an atlas for ebook readers? Can you produce any ideas on the format and interface? I was thinking that maybe having a world map with links (in text, below the image) to continents, then maps of continents with links to countries, and maybe links to further divisions for large countries, would be fine enough at first. The maps would not be incredibly detailed, just borders, main cities (perhaps rivers)...

Is there any project around? Source for the maps? Comments?

PS. I'm not sure I will make this, but if no one else does, I may bite the bullet.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:40 AM   #2
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That's a great idea! I'm not sure where you'd get public domain maps from, though, I'm afraid.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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From the blank maps in Wikipedia, I managed to do this. Now only cities, rivers, mountains and sea names (and scale, and latitude/longitude, and compass...) are missing
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that is a brilliant idea !! i love maps as well and am constantly consulting google maps to check something... i would love to have an atlas on my liseuse. i will see if i can find any pd maps around. i can't think of any off the top of my head but you never know...
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:04 PM   #5
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Interesting idea - though I don't know how it's going to translate into b&w.

(Just a small niggle, Northern Ireland isn't part of Great Britain)..
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(Just a small niggle, Northern Ireland isn't part of Great Britain)..
A fact which about 1% of people who actually live in Great Britain are probably aware of, other than smart-alecs like you and me .
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:22 PM   #7
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Hay ! Fame at last - I'm a smart-alec ......like Harry.....
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(Just a small niggle, Northern Ireland isn't part of Great Britain)..
Believe me, I know, but according to ISO, the 2-letter code for the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is GB (and not UK). Also, the channel islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the United Kingdom (nor of Great Britain, of course), and they are coloured yellow... that's why in the legend I'll put "United Kindom (and dependencies)". In spite of this, the CIA maps label these islands as "(U.K.)".
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A fact which about 1% of people who actually live in Great Britain are probably aware of, other than smart-alecs like you and me .
Aren't smart-alecs part of that 1%?
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:35 AM   #10
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Believe me, I know, but according to ISO, the 2-letter code for the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is GB (and not UK). Also, the channel islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the United Kingdom (nor of Great Britain, of course), and they are coloured yellow... that's why in the legend I'll put "United Kindom (and dependencies)". In spite of this, the CIA maps label these islands as "(U.K.)".
That's why I say that it's one of those "technical" things that nobody actually gives too hoots about in practice. Although it is officially "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", in reality, people use "GB" and "UK" interchangeably and, as you say, the ISO country code is "GB", not "UK".

The Channel Islands are not even in the EU, by the way. No VAT there!
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Aren't smart-alecs part of that 1%?
Yes. Sorry if I was unclear about that .
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Ohhhh!

I love that idea! Very often I've wanted to look at a map, when I didn't have one handy (but I always have my PDA handy...)
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That's a great idea! I'm not sure where you'd get public domain maps from, though, I'm afraid.
I suggest you start here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/

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Not actually an atlas, but it does have maps of all countries:
CIA World Factbook (EPUB)
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Not actually an atlas, but it does have maps of all countries:
CIA World Factbook (EPUB)
And already in ebook form for:
CIA: The World Factbook 2005 (.prc) or CIA: The World Factbook 2005 (.imp for REB1200)
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