This past fall, Esri published an updated edition of Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation. This is the eighth edition of this particular textbook. The book is 650 pages of how to read maps more effectively, how to interpret what you are seeing, and how to analyze the accuracy and depictions of the maps in front of you. Learning how to read a map is becoming somewhat of a lost skill in the age of smartphones and portable GPS systems.
The book Map Use is a great way to get an overview of maps, what kinds of maps and projections are available, and what the pros and cons of each map type are. Reading, analyzing, and interpreting maps follow in the book. Readers can learn how maps are designed and what the important considerations are for cartographers seeking to create a new kind of map, or improve upon an earlier projection. Each map comes with a description of how it was made, making it easier for people to understand how to read it.
Cartography students as well as those interested in the art and science of maps will find the eighth edition of Map Use interesting. Professionals working with geographic information systems, or GIS, will also appreciate this book, which has sections devoted to current mapmaking techniques and technologies. The book is an extraordinary reference point for anyone seeking to know more about cartography and maps that are most relevant in the world today.
The book also contains information on cartography terminology and special sections related to specific mapmaking technologies such as pattern recognition, spatial analyses, and modern map interpretation.
The authors of the book are:A. Jon Kimerling, professor emeritus of geography at Oregon State University, Phillip C. Muehrcke, professor emeritus of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Juliana O. Muehrcke, founding editor of the journal Nonprofit World.
Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition, is now available in print (ISBN: 9781589484429, 650 pages, US$99.99) or as an e-book (ISBN: 9781589484696, 670 pages, US$79.99.)