Reviewing Guidelines

This page provides information for authors, software developers and their publicists who may be interested in sending me a copy of their work for review at The Map Room.

Book Reviews

Books sent to me for review should have maps, cartography or mapmaking as their primary focus. As an amateur, I am unable to review technical books for programmers or geospatial professionals. Historical monographs, though, are fine—I’m an historian by training. Basically, if your map-related book is aimed at a broad readership or arts-and-humanities academia, I’ll be happy to take a look at it.

For sample reviews, see the book reviews category and these earlier reviews. For my reviews of books that aren’t about maps and cartography, see the reviews section of my personal home page.

Books should be mailed to me—by postal mail if at all possible—at the following address:

Jonathan Crowe
PO Box 473
Shawville QC  J0X 2Y0
CANADA

If you must send books by courier or UPS (which can’t use post office boxes), please contact me to get my street address and telephone number.

If you must use a courier, UPS or other private shipping service, please contact me to get my street address and phone number (I don’t put either of them on my website). Couriers can’t use post office boxes, and on two occasions (so far) they’ve had to contact me via my website because a publisher tried shipping to my post office via DHL.

Ebooks may be sent to me at contact@jonathancrowe.net; I’m able to handle Adobe Digital Editions, epub, mobi (Kindle) and PDF files. I’m also on NetGalley (under my first name dot my last name at Gmail).

Software Reviews

I’m able to evaluate software for iOS (both iPhone and iPad) and the Mac. I can’t review software for other platforms (e.g. Android or Windows). That’s a function of what I own (for the record: an iPhone 5, an iPad Air, a late-2015 Retina 5K iMac and a mid-2013 11-inch MacBook Air).

As with books, I’m best able to review applications aimed at a non-technical, general audience. (GIS software is generally beyond me.) For a sample review, see my review of the Barrington Atlas iPad app.

iTunes promo codes may be sent to me at contact@jonathancrowe.net or via the contact form.

Disclaimers and Disclosures

I won’t promise that I will review every book sent to me, or that I will review it promptly (I’m busy and my health is wobbly). Or favourably—I’m quite capable of delivering a brutally negative review when it’s appropriate. Reviews will link to Amazon and/or iBooks/iTunes with my affiliate/associate ID and I will indicate if I have received a review copy.