E-book atlases for tablet computers: the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin

Bernhard Jenny, Jane E. Darbyshire, Nicholas D. Arnold, Brooke E. Marston, Darrell A. McGie, Kimberly L. Ogren, Charles A. Preppernau, Steven R. Schuetz, John R. Speece, Julie E. Watson

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More e-books than traditional paper books are sold today, and tablet computers have become ubiquitous in recent years. Digital cartographic atlases have replaced traditional paper atlases, but cartographers have not yet fully embraced the potential of multi-touch tablet computers, such as the iPad. This article explores the characteristics of e-book atlases, which are positioned between traditional printed atlases and digital atlas information systems. We document available hardware and software for creating interactive maps and atlases for tablet computers, and illustrate the steps in building an interactive e-book atlas using the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin as an example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-673
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Maps
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Atlas information systems
  • Atlas of the Columbia River Basin
  • Digital atlas
  • e-book
  • eBook
  • iBooks Author
  • iPad
  • Tablet
  • Tablet computer

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