Reading Maps

December 30, 2015

Jackie B’s Reading Maps

What is a reading map?

Google Maps has functionality which allows you to create your own maps. This means dropping pins and providing information around these locations for your own means. Often times, people use this functionality to create road trip maps, or a virtual map showing where they have visited. I do the same thing– only showing where I’ve visited through reading.

A reading map is a map that helps to identify where books were set. I also am intersted in identifying the birth location of the authors who have written my books. Each map provides me some insight to my own reading habits, and where I prefer to focus my time. It also shows me a lot about where characters travel. For example, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson takes place in no fewer than 10 different locations throughout the novel.

How can I make a reading map?

Making a reading map is super simple!

  1. Log in with your Google Account.
    • If you don’t have a Google account, its easy to create one.
  2. Navigate to Google Maps.
  3. Click the Menu button in the upper left-hand corner.
  4. Click My Maps from the menu listing.
  5. Click Create a Map from the bottom of the screen.

You can create as many maps as you’d like with Google Maps. For example, I have an Author Map identifying where all the authors I have read were born. This map has layers by year, allowing me to see each year seperately if I so choose. I also have a map for 2016 reading settings. This map allows me to see where the characters I read about have traveled, and thereby show me how much of the world I have “seen”.

Reading Map Tips

Once you are in your map, use these tips to make a unique map to you!

To add places: Search for a location in the search bar and click Add to map.

To edit a location description: Select a location and click the Edit button.

To connect locations: Select the Draw a line  icon  utton under the search bar.

To allow others to view your map: Select the Share  button from the map menu. In the pop-up which appears, click the Change… hyperlink. Select On – Public on the Web. Click Save. Click Done.

To embed your map in your own blog: Select the Google menu button  in the Add Layer row. Select Embed on my Website. Copy the HTML which appears and paste it on your own site.

Note: Embedding only works if you are sharing your map for others to view.

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