After a hard-nosed — but always friendly — negotiation, we are pleased to announce the small involvement of Boles Books Writing & Publishing ™ in providing some GIS (Geographic Information Systems) material from our ongoing Dramatic Medicine project concerning GIS in Public Health to Glencoe/McGraw-Hill publishing in a three book textbook deal.
The books will be published in 2008 and each book expects worldwide sales of 250,000 copies including online content and CD-ROM/DVD supporting material. 750,000 copies worldwide is a lot of books!
GIS is a tremendous technology that allows one to visually represent numerical information like statistics and other events in map form — even 3-D maps — in order to quickly associate relationships between people, objects and ideas.
The real power of GIS, in my experience, is in the Public Health field where you can dynamically enter information about outbreaks or other life-threatening concerns in real time and then quickly get a visual map in real time that pinpoints groupings and patterns of behavior that numbers alone cannot provide.
GIS can also provide deep historical analyses of trends and occurrences.
Here are the titles of the three books:
We are thrilled with our new Glencoe/McGraw-Hill relationship and we hope our involvement will help bring at least a smattering of greater joy to readers with the publication of each fine book.