Genre-Mapping Books

Élan Vital 2012-03-24

An exploration of book styles via Book Country. It gets more exciting once you zoom in once.

But it all seems rather arbitrary. Zooming and panning don’t work as well as you might wish on a a real map… does the background topography mean anything? and it’s not clear who is tagging the books, or where that raw data is.

At any rate, reflecting on this odd type of map with four half-dimensions projected onto a plane: we need names for families of abstract maps for structuring knowledge. Then perhaps we’ll start to get somewhere.