New StockMaps.com Web Site Offers Royalty-Free and Rights Managed Maps : Comprehensive Geographic Licensing Resource Provides Online Searchable Archive With Thousands Of Image Files

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Life just became a little easier for creative professionals who need a ready source of high-quality maps and geographic images for publications, advertisements and the Web. GeoNova Publishing, Inc., a Discovery Communications company and the leading custom publisher of private label geographic products, today announced the launch of StockMaps.com, an online, e-commerce based destination for licensing premium stock map content.

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Accessible rights managed and royalty-free stock map licensing saves time and money in comparison to the process of creating original work.

The new service offers base maps for custom map creation, as well as market-ready finished maps for media, marketing, publishing and display. An extensive searchable archive offers thousands of both raster and editable vector map files. With content designed for use in either traditional or new media, StockMaps.com also offers digital components for interactive mapping applications.

"StockMaps.com provides graphic designers, publishers, advertisers, and in-house corporate creative departments with publication-quality maps that meet the highest cartographic standards for accuracy and design," said Zach Buchanan, Director of Business Development at StockMaps.com. "Accessible rights managed and royalty-free stock map licensing saves time and money in comparison to the process of creating original work."

Future plans for StockMaps.com include offerings of new stock photography collections on geographic and environmental themes.

First time visitors to StockMaps.com can search the archive immediately using keywords, established categories, and geographic search. Once registered and logged on, users have the ability to conduct advanced searches, save the results of individual searches, process payment, and receive licensed images via digital delivery. The site also offers search assistance, free research, and custom map development services.

About GeoNova Publishing, Inc.

GeoNova adds value to published products across all media, including print and online applications. Founded in 1967, GeoNova serves leading publishers, retailers, and corporations with custom product development and cartographic services. The company also provides digital mapping content for web sites and new media outlets. GeoNova has been a primary map supplier for most major American K-12 social studies curriculum programs. The company's map research center is the largest private geographic information library in North America. More information is available at http://www.geonovagroup.com.

GeoNova is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HowStuffWorks.com, the leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.

HowStuffWorks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company.

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