Amazon wants to take readers on a trip around the world. No, it’s not a sweepstakes and it certainly isn’t literal. The leading U.S. ebook seller has launched a new ebook discovery tool, Around the World in 80 Books:
Sony has recently launched some creative book discovery plays of its own, including a literature “family tree.”
Here’s the pitch from Amazon:
Hiking in Patagonia, napping under the Tuscan sun, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea — sounds like the perfect summer, right?
Unfortunately, these plans aren’t on the itinerary for most of us this summer — or are they? Having just launched, Around the World in 80 Books, a curated map of books from the book editors at Amazon.com, is 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. Featured books include:
North America: Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
South America: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Africa: The Poisonwood Bibleby Barbara Kingsolver and The Last Train to Zona by Paul Theroux
Europe: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
Asia: River Town by Peter HesslerandPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Australia & Beyond: In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson and Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
So, go ahead, pick a destination and dive into your first adventure of the summer!
Check it out here.