To give you some background as to where the book was produced, we are Collins Geo, part of HarperCollins Publishers. At Collins Geo we produce The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World as well as a wide variety of other geographical, environmental and cartographic books.
We're currently up-dating the World Heritage files for a possible reprint next year and we aim to correct any errors from the first edition. With new sites being added every year our intention is to include these in future editions at the earliest possible opportunity.
In part, the book is a re-working of existing UNESCO material with newly sourced photographs and text. Our goal was to put the whole list into one manageable publication for the first time and include as much detail as we could. We employed experienced copywriters to edit the text we received from UNESCO. They completed additional research and we then consulted with UNESCO throughout bringing in local experts wherever possible.
All the sites are arguably of equal value and ideally would have received the same treatment throughout the book. Among several reasons, including, undeniably, economic and editorial, we thought it best to vary the format of the book so that it did not appear as one long identical listing.
With an unlimited budget we would have made the book much longer, more detailed and included more photographs. We would also have visited every site. Although I would have been delighted to be sent around the world, these factors would have made the book very expensive to produce and therefore buy. I think it's quite a lot of book for less than £20 but I appreciate I'm a bit bias here. That said, I understand that if you have a real passion for the World Heritage sites you'd like more detail. However, we hope this book will serve as an introduction to the sites for readers and raise the profile of the List.
In time, if the book is a success, we hope to develop it further.
Very best wishes
ps- The first correction will be the Osprey!