The kindle edition of ‘The Mining District of Liskeard in 1863’ has just been launched. This is an adaption of Brenton Symons’s fascinating geological map of the Liskeard Mining District; a map printed at the peak of the district’s production, at a time when the mines around Caradon dominated the Cornish Mining Industry.
The ebook contains much more than just images of the map. Each mine has a summary of its operations in 1863, along with a potted history of its sett. The result is a handy guide to mines of Caradon, Menheniot and the Liskeard areas.
My objective was to transpose the previous CD-ROM version of Symons’s map into a version that could easily be used whilst exploring the mine sites, and to supplement the paperback edition of Webb and Geach. On the Kindle Fires it achieves that aim well, but on the eink readers the lack of colour does not do the maps full justice. However, the text content of the book gives it some useful value on a traditional kindle. It may be a good idea to try a sample first on an eink reader if that is going to be your platform. I have run the publication through various tablet and phone emulators and it looks pretty good…but feedback is always appreciated.
There are some elements of the CDROM that did not find an appropriate home in the new book, these will either be published in a separate book, adapted to blog posts. So if you download a copy of Brenton Symons’s map follow this blog to catch the posts.