Travel Scotland by Book, with Scotland by-the-Book

Keira Brown
Communications Executive
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

20 Sept 2023

Scotland by-the-Book is the app for traveller, staycationer or armchair wanderer from Scottish publishers, Birlinn

Scotland by-the-Book is a free app which brings books on history, geology, mapping, cooking, fiction, travel, poetry, politics and more to readers across the globe with an interest in Scotland. The app includes an interactive map of Scotland featuring the most exciting books, bookshops and literary events this country has to offer. Created in collaboration with digital agency Zudu, the app Birlinn Limited's project, bringing Scotland’s writing to the world. For more on the app, find out here.

With authors and books relating to every region of the country, you can use this app to find the finest writing, the best local bookstores in your area and literary festivals close to your destination in Scotland. Publicity and Marketing Director Jan Rutherford conceived the idea as a way to share Scotland's stories with people no matter where in the world they are, a long-standing mission at Birlinn. Jan says:

"With the shift to mobile-focused business models, we are excited to expand our digital offering with an intuitive app to reach more readers and different communities. This app is for booklovers, travellers, students and staycationers – anyone with an eye on Scotland – offering an immersive book experience through the stories of a nation. We are connecting the curious and the traveller with passionate experts and sublime storytellers. By downloading the app, you will discover a multitude of unique voices with nearly 600 brilliant books to explore."

For thirty-two years, Birlinn have published books across all aspects of Scottish life, and with these new digital tools, they will reach new reading communities and make Scotland's vibrant, diverse stories as accessible as ever.