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:

Books should be mailed to the following address:

Jonathan Crowe
PO Box 473
Shawville QC  J0X 2Y0

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.

Ebooks may be sent to me at; I’m able to handle Adobe Digital Editions, epub, mobi (Kindle) and PDF files. I’m also on NetGalley (contact me for details).

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 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.