At Wolverhampton’s Makeshift event yesterday, I pitched a book swapping idea for the city, a kind of stripped down bookcrossing.com. There’s a video here that explains it briefly:
Anyway, it was useful to air with people, and those in the session seemed interested in helping find locations. Lorna Prescott helpfully blogged the summary notes here, so I won’t go through it in too much detail. Thanks to all who attended that suggestion, with some very useful discussion and additions.
Anyway, today I’ve been playing with the Google Maps Engine, which lets you make slightly more powerful maps than usual. Click on the link below:
On one layer I’ve mapped Wolves libraries, and then in the second layer, I was interested in seeing if book swapping locations could be set up that addressed areas that might not be well covered by a library, thinking of those who might be walking. I know this wasn’t an initial concern aired in the session, but given the massive range of places that could potentially be book swapping locations, I thought it might help narrow the field. As a result I’ve ended up with some pubs, churches, a surgery I think. Click on the blue marker points to see what each one is.