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.
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.
Books should be mailed to me—by postal mail if at all possible—at the following address:
PO Box 473
Shawville QC J0X 2Y0
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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).
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. 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.
Feel free to send me paper maps, physical objects and other tchotchkes. Again, if you want me to say anything remotely intelligible about them they should be aimed at a a non-technical general audience. See the Product Reviews category for past reviews.
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.