New Amazon eBook Discovery Tool Takes Readers “Around the World in 80 Books”

Amazon Takes Readers on a Trip With New Discovery Tool

Want to visit foreign lands but can’t afford the airfare? Well, Amazon may have the answer with its new service for eBook discovery called “Around the World in 80 Books” - a virtual exploration of books representing all the continents of the world. With a map of books “curated” — i.e chosen — by book editors from Amazon.com, this is apparently “the perfect ticket for those of us longing for a jet setting summer of adventure”.

Around the World in 80 Books features a hand-picked selection of 80 new and classic titles, representative of every continent that will send readers on journeys across the world all summer.

It sounds like it could be fun. There’s some good choices on the list as well as a lot I’ve never heard of before: with the representative titles ranging from the obvious to the obscure and from the serious to downright flippant, but then I guess they’re trying to appeal to a broad range of people. Choices for the list include:

North America
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt

South America
Galapagos: A Novel Kurt Vonnegut
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Africa
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen

Europe
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Year in Provence Peter Mayle

Asia
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
A Hologram for the King: A Novel Dave Eggers

Australia & Beyond
The Thorn Birds: A Novel Colleen McCullough
In a Sunburned Country Bill Bryson

I guess they’re including Antarctica in the last category as it includes a book about Shackelton’s explorations. So, yes, if you’re on a travel budget this year, why not give this a go — you never know, you might enjoy it!

Full list is here.

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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