What do you get when you combine a classic book with the ability to zoom around the earth, follow travel itineraries in aerial mode, view photographs and place-relevant encyclopedia articles?
You get Google Lit Trips!
Google Lit Trips is an amazing demonstration of how multimedia can supplement the reading of a very traditional book such as Night by Eli Wiesel or the The Aeneid by Virgil. Google Lit Trips work well with books whose plots involve complicated journeys. The Odyssey by Homer is a perfect Lit Trip subject.
To see a trip in action you must first download Google Earth (free software) and gain some general knowledge of how to use it. With the basics under your belt you can then download the .kmz* file for the book of your choice.
Google Lit Trips is a example of how new geo-spatial technologies are enriching our information environments. Have fun and let me know if you need help with any part of the process.
* A .kmz file is the zipped version of a kml file, the keyhole markup language used to create Google Earth.