"Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce
by the day."
When I open the map and begin zooming and panning to my geographical area, every time I had a chance to move the mouse pointer to somewehre close to a book, the map suddenly pops to America or Australia or something and shows a popup for THAT instead. It even does that when I do nothing.
What’s the map supposed to be used for and how? This seems pretty… useless, to be frank.
Hi! The graphic map is more of a "see what's going on around the world" snapshot - it collects releases and catches within the last hour or two and displays a subset of those on a loop until the next hour's data-collection. I like to watch it sometimes just to see where the most activity is - or if any of my own recent releases made the cut! - but it is not intended as a book-hunting aid.
For that, see the "go hunting" pages - not a graphic map, but a text list of locations where books have been wild-released within the last 30 days. You can drill down to your location or to nearby towns - or to not-nearby towns, if you're planning a road trip or have friends or family there who might be willing to do a little book-hunting for you.
Do note that wild-released books may not remain at the same spot for very long, though. Releases at book-swap locations - OBCZs, Little Free Libraries, other book-swap-type spots - may be around longer, but there's never a guarantee that you'll find a particular book by the time you get there. But it can be fun trying - and can take you to spots where you may want to release books of your own. And yes, sometimes you will find a wild book...