Enrich Your Travels with Longitude

We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.


Longitude News

Get our monthly e-mail update



The Business

What Is Longitude?

Think of us as a bookstore organized geographically. We've got expert travel book and map recommendations for destinations worldwide, fine-tuned over the last ten years and including new and noteworthy, classic and hard-to-find items. Turn to Longitude whenever you travel! We draw on our network of travel partners, authors, friends and colleagues to bring you the best.


We’ve grown beyond bookselling with a popular monthly e-mail newsletter of new and noteworthy books, offers and reports from the field, a blog and, because it was inevitable and fun, a Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest page. You’ll find favorite spots, recent trips, new books and other news from our world. We hope that you’ll chime in.

Essential Reading

Wondering what to read? We feature Essential Reading for hundreds of destinations, each a hand-picked set of four or five books and a map, all offered at a 15% discount including shipping. We favor well-written, concise books that capture the spirit of a place, including guidebooks, traveler’s tales, memoirs, histories, field guides and natural histories, along with fiction, many mysteries and books on art, architecture, food and language. Humor helps too.

We hope you find our selection of books informative, entertaining and useful — our reputation depends on it. Despite our best efforts, we might have forgotten to include your favorite book or somehow included a long-winded, boring book that's not worth the trouble. Please send your book recommendations and "thumbs up" or 'thumbs down" to us at Longitude.

The Idea

What a better way to enrich the experience of travel? Our business is built around the notion of getting expert reading recommendations into the hands of travelers. We launched in 1999 with a few key destinations (Antarctica, East Africa, Galapagos and Costa Rica were the first four), and a handful of travel partners, including Travel Dynamics, the American Museum of Natural History, Quark Expeditions, Smithsonian Journeys, Thomson Safaris, Lindblad and Tauck World Discovery. Now all these years later — with thanks to the hundreds of resourceful, dynamic travel organizations that we count among our friends and partners — we cover the world.


After 12 years in a loft on 30th Street in New York City, Longitude moved to its new home at East View Map Link outside Minneapolis in December 2012. If you are in the area and would like to visit the warehouse, give us a call at 952-252-1203 during regular business hours. We'll be happy to show you around.

The People

Christopher Group, Managing Director. After working for nearly 20 years in the travel industry, during which he visited Italy more times than he can remember, Chris began working for East View Map Link in 2011 and was an integral part of assimilating Longitude into the East View company. Today, as Managing Director, Chris insures that everything runs smoothly in both East View Map Link and Longitude worlds.

Jodie Vinson, Managing Editor. Jodie joined Longitude Books after six years in bookselling at independent bookstores in Seattle and Boston, where she cultivated a literary expertise that ranges from Marcel Proust to J. Maarten Troost. Jodie oversees Longitude’s reading list production and curates and creates website content. She is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Emerson College, where she wrote a book about her travels to literary sites around the world.

Ashley Bergman Carlin, Assistant Editor. With a varied background in the arts, library science and operations management, Ashley contributes valuable editing, writing and researching skills to Longitude’s editorial team. An ardent traveler, she visits a new American city each year and goes abroad whenever she can.

Ben Hankey, Assistant Editor. A long-time Nebraskan and a fluent French speaker, Ben joined Longitude’s editorial staff on the heels of a month-long sojourn in France where he went to discover the life of Ernest Hemingway. Previously a freelance editor and journalist with a degree in English from Creighton University, he is especially savvy at all things grammatical and linguistic.

Erik Nyberg, Customer Service. Erik graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in psychology and started working at MapLink/Longitude in November 2014. As customer service lead, he primarily communicates with customers and manages order fulfillment. He has always loved maps and once spent the drive from Nevada to Iowa immersed in a single atlas. International travel experience: Northern Europe, Mediterranean. Travel aspirations: Japan, Uruguay.

Darrel Schoeling and Daniel Kaizer, Co-Founders. Former owners Darrel, a 20-year veteran of adventure and educational travel, and Daniel, an ecologist and former book editor, after knowing each other for far too long, finally decided to combine their talents and interests and start a business. Hence Longitude, a book service designed to help travelers get the most out of their adventures. Darrel and Daniel sold the business to East View Map Link in 2012.

Longitude provides recommended reading for travelers in partnership with the leading tour operators and travel programs for hundreds of destinations worldwide. We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.