Books On This Map:

  1. America: The Book - A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (by Jon Stewart & The Writers of The Daily Show)
  2. Bossypants (by Tina Fey)
  3. Broken Monsters (by Lauren Beukes)
  4. Gone Girl (by Gillian Flynn)
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (by J.K. Rowling)
  6. Horton Hears a Who! (by Dr. Seuss)
  7. House of Leaves (by Mark Z. Danielewski)
  8. Humans of New York (by Brandon Stanton)
  9. Infinite Jest (by David Foster Wallace)
  10. Kitchen Confidential (by Anthony Bourdain)

Books On This Map:

  1. Life: The Classic Collection (by the Editors of LIFE)
  2. Nine Stories (by J.D. Salinger)
  3. On The Road (by Jack Kerouac)
  4. Slaughterhouse Five (by Kurt Vonnegut)
  5. Station Eleven (by Emily St. John Mandel)
  6. The Circle (by Dave Eggers)
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (by Stephen Chbosky)
  8. The Road (by Cormac McCarthy)
  9. Where the Sidewalk Ends (by Shel Silverstein)
  10. Where the Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak)

Books On This Map:

  1. A Treasury of Curious George (by Margaret & H.A. Rey)
  2. The Devil in the White City (by Erik Larson)
  3. Yes Please (by Amy Poehler)
  4. The Great Gatsby (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  5. The Essential Calvin & Hobbes (by Bill Waterson)
  6. The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins)
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day (by David Sedaris)
  8. Inherent Vice (by Thomas Pynchon)
  9. The Last Pictures (by Trevor Paglan)
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (by Stieg Larsson)


Born from a simple premise: If we asked people to share information with the world and we asked the world to share that information with us, what would it look like?

A small spark of an idea quickly became a passion project into how we can visualize the social transfer of information in the real world. 

Thirty books were purchased for the project. Each book is fitted with a printed insert that contains information about the project and instructions for participation. As people share their information with The Passed Words Project, it is compiled and uploaded to Google Maps. Then we can visualize how these books travel across the world.

This project relies on honest, user-based submissions once released into the wild. To make this experiment as interesting as possible, we have attempted to restrict any abuse and withhold the right to remove any data or information that would be considered harmful to the overall integrity of the project.


Learn about the creator of the project at