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Book Update

May 14th, 2012

I’ve been getting some questions about the forthcoming book release. This is a good sign. :)

We are putting the finishing touches on it right now. The book cover and a few last minute edits are all that remain. We’ll aim to have it available for purchase–via your book retailer of choice, or through the library, though you usually have to make a special request at your library for a niche book like this–within the next month. A list of map makers who contributed to the the book were listed in a prior post.

For those who already have the Colors For Maps and Type For Maps ebooks, you will be interested to note that this upcoming book will be a print-version of those, plus an extra chapter on patterns (map techniques). The Colors chapter will also have the addition of a CMYK column. The typeface descriptions have been updated in a few cases and a few new font variants are included. So, even if you already have the Colors and Type ebooks, you may want to consider taking a look at this new print book as well.

A few “teaser” page spread thumbnails:



  • blueystar says on: May 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm


    This is fantastic news. I’ve just finished a large map project and could have used this lovely tutorial. Can’t wait until this new book is published.

  • Gretchen Peterson (@PetersonGIS) (@PetersonGIS) says on: May 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm


    Great! RT @amandahstaub Woot! Looking forward to buying my copy! RT @PetersonGIS: Update on the upcoming carto book:

  • John says on: May 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm


    Are you planning on a kindle release? :)

  • Gretchen says on: May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm


    John-not at this time. Releasing on the kindle would require a lot of formatting changes because this book isn’t just text. In fact, its not even your normal “text with a few illustrations.” The first half is 90% graphics, all fitting together in a very structured way. I’ve got “format for kindle” on a long to-do list and I’m just not sure if/when it would happen.

  • @geoviews says on: May 15, 2012 at 2:16 am


    A look at a forthcoming book #cartography

  • annette says on: May 15, 2012 at 8:45 am


    Wonderful news! Congratulation, looks incredible. Thank you for you generosity in writing these posts and time in inspiring me with colors and how-tos.

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