Interactive Map To Accompany The Outbreak
Spoiler Alert: This page is intended for people who have already read The Outbreak, and may contain information that spoils your enjoyment of the story if you have not done so yet.
While the story and characters that feature in The Outbreak are fictional, the book is set in the real landscapes and seascapes of western Scotland. To allow you to explore this landscape in more detail, we have created an interactive map that can be displayed in Google Earth. If you have a compatible browser, you will be able to view the map in the window below. If not, click here to find an alternative way to view it.
NOTE: The Google Earth widget used to display the map will not work on mobile devices (such as a tablet or a smartphone) running on an Android Operating System. Click here to find out how you can view the interactive map on such mobile devices.
How To Use The Map:
NOTE: It may take up to 20 seconds for the map to appear in this window. If it doesn't appear or you get an error message, click here.
Alternative Ways Of Viewing The Interactive Map: If you have Google Earth installed on your computer and wish to use it to view this information, you can download the map by clicking here. This will open the map in Google Earth. If this does not work, you can download the map by right-clicking here and saving a copy of it to you hard drive. You can then open Google Earth and then open this file (by selecting FILE> OPEN from the main menu bar and selecting this file from the location where). If you do not already have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can download from here.
Viewing This Map On A Mobile Device: If you wish to view this interactive map on a mobile device that it running the Android Operating System (such as a Google Nexus, a smartphone or a tablet), you will first need to download the Google Earth Mobile App (it's free and really cool). For other smartphones you can download it from here, while for Apple products (iPhone, iPad etc) you can down load it from here.
Once you have done this, you can click on one of the links below to view the section of the map that accompanies a specific chapter. When asked where you want to display it, select Google Earth. This will open the Google Earth Mobile App and you will then be able to zoom in and out to explore the locations where the book is set.
If you click on any of the coloured dots, a text window will open that provides a short synopsis of the events from the book that were set there.
To open another map section, simply return to your browser click on the new chapter's name and it too will be plotted in Google Earth.
To clear the maps from Google Earth, simply click the 'CLEAR MAP' button at the top right hand corner of the Google Earth app window.
Alternatively, you can download a zipped folder containing all the individual sections of the map by clicking here. To view the map sections, extract the contents of this folder using an app such as ASTRO File Manager. This will give you a separate map file for each chapter (they will have the extension .KMZ). To view a section of the map, just click on its name. This should open Google Earth and plot the contents of the map in it. To open another map, simply click on its name and it too will be plotted. To clear the maps from Google Earth, simply click the 'clear map' button at the top right hand corner of the Google Earth app window.
If you would be interested in having a similar custom-designed, interactive map for your own book, website or for any other purpose, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this possibility.
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