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Not in the Guide Book: The Wackiest Sights on Google Earth, as seen at googlesightseeing.com Paperback – 9 Nov 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (9 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845294661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845294663
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,450,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A definite must this Christmas
-- Western Mail

This little book of photographs brings you nearly 100 weird and
wonderful shots of Earth. -- Red Monday 1 Jan 2007

About the Author

James and Alex Turnbull are professional web developers based in Edinburgh. This is their first book. They set up the award-winning website googlesightseeing.com in 2005.

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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2008
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This is one of those books you see loitering near the cash register in book shops, which you pick up and on a casual flick through the pages buy it (wise folk, of course, note the title then order it cheaper online from Amazon).

I thought it was well worth the money. Now you can see a whole load of quirky shots of the planet that until recently really weren't possible and impressive quality, too. What I particularly liked was the concentration on the man-made world rather than the natural world. Here you can see a Stealth bomber on the runway at Edwards Air Force base, the Prophet Mosque, Medina, Saudi Arabia or hundreds of cars stored on a runway at RAF Bedford in England.

Mixed in with not normally seen photos there are plenty of offbeat sights that clearly would never be appreciated at ground level, like a huge rabbit on Mount Colleto Fava in Italy, designed by a some artists from Vienna or a giant dead cowboy floating of the coast of Australia. I know that's a sort of vague location but all the images have precise co-ordinates on each page so you can find them yourself.

Although the book plugs Google Earth it might be worth checking out the same place on MSN Virtual World. In many cases both sites use the same image source. For instance both have the same scan of the world's tallest man-made structure the KVLY-TV mast at Blanchard, North Dakota shown on page 134. Factoid Time: the mast is 2063 feet high and the structure incorporates an electric lift to allow (brave!) engineers to get to the top for periodic maintenance.

There is a spin-off to using the book because when you check out the sites on Google Earth you'll find that curiosity will get the better of you and something nearby will make you zoom in for a closer look and suddenly another hour has gone!

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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This is a great book, the satellite pictures are amazingly detailed and the comments are informative and sometimes very funny. I especially liked the Giant Dead Cowboy and Stonefridge: A Fridgehenge.
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It's an okay book, It's nice to see some parts of Google Earth you wouldn't normally have looked for, But "wacky" isn't the best description for 90% of the photos, they're mostly photos of huge building complexes or chasams that you've seen countless times before, rather than what I was hoping for like the infamous "flying car" or black helicopters, bizarre Chinese testing places int he middle of nowhere, of humorous images of topless people sunbathing.

There's nothing in this book to be honest you can't see for free already after a five minute search of free websites.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of those books you see loitering near the cash register in book shops, which you pick up and casually flick through the pages and buy it (wise folk, of course, note the title then order it cheaper online from Amazon).

I thought it was well worth the money. Now you can see a whole load of quirky shots of the planet that until recently really weren't possible and impressive quality, too. What I particularly liked was the concentration on the man-made world rather than the natural world. Here you can see a Stealth bomber on the runway at Edwards Air Force base, the Prophet Mosque, Medina, Saudi Arabia or hundreds of cars stored on a runway at RAF Bedford in England.

Mixed in with not normally seen photos there are plenty of offbeat sights that clearly would never be appreciated at ground level, like a huge rabbit on Mount Colleto Fava in Italy, designed by a some artists from Vienna or a giant dead cowboy floating of the coast of Australia. I know that's a sort of vague location but all the images have precise co-ordinates on each page so you can find them yourself.

Although the book plugs Google Earth it might be worth checking out the same place on Bing maps. In many cases both sites use the same image source. For instance both have the same scan of the world's tallest man-made structure the KVLY-TV mast at Blanchard, North Dakota shown on page 134. Factoid Time: the mast is 2063 feet high and the structure incorporates an electric lift to allow (brave!) engineers to get to the top for periodic maintenance.

There is a spin-off to using the book because when you check out the sites on Google Earth you'll find that curiosity will get the better of you and something nearby will make you zoom in for a closer look and suddenly another hour has gone!

***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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