November 16, 2006 9:04 AM Subscribe
Where can I find free maps that can be used in a book?
posted by cal71 to law & government (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to find a source for public domain maps of various regions around the world that are (reasonably) current and that I can republish in the front matter of a book.
I wondered if this was possible with US Government maps, seeing as my tax dollars have already paid for them once, but couldn't find a clear answer, as the book itself is a commerical property, so I can't imagine fair use applies.
I saw this askmefi thread
, but still am not sure what the answer is, relating the for-profit publication.
Anyone have any idea where I might look, or if this is even possible? Am I just going to have to suck it up and pay for the maps I want? I don't want to steal from poor cartographers, after all.