Sunday, September 07, 2008

Bookstore Maps?

According to Shelf Awareness, Publishers Marketplace is introducing a bookstore database called Bookstore Maps that will have both trade and public versions. The database is combined with Google Map, creating what Publishers Marketplace founder Michael Cader called "a visual database of stores." Booksellers are encouraged to contribute information about their stores to the database.

Among other things, the data could be used by publishers to map out store tours or look at previous tour or book sales information on national, regional and local bases. Publishers are also interested in using Bookstore Maps in the "store-finder" sections of their public websites. Newspapers and other online media might use the database in similar ways.

Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? If you'd like to take a look, you can go here.

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