We told you this was coming, and now it’s here. The British Library has started to release 60,000+ texts from the 19th century in digital format. And they’re getting rolled out with the release of a new iPad app. (If you have any problems downloading the app, try doing it directly from the app store on your iPad.)

The upside: The new app currently features 1,000 works, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and other British classics. The collection gives you scans of the original editions. So you can read the works as they originally appeared.

The downside: The app won’t be free for long. Eventually, you’ll have to pay. So get in while you can, or just skim through our collection of Free eBooks and Audio Books. All classics, all the time…

via BBC

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  • kintopp says:

    I don’t think this app is available outside the UK (or at least for people who don’t have UK based iTunes accounts). It’s definitely not available to US based iTunes accounts.

    I wrote the publishers to find out if it would come to the US iTunes Store later but did not receive a reply.

  • Dan Colman says:

    That’s strange, I had no problem downloading the app in the US. Did it actually say that the app is geo-restricted?

    Dan

  • William Percy says:

    I’m sorry to report that is not available in Japan.

  • Dan Colman says:

    If you are having difficulties, you might want to try downloading the app directly from the app store on your iPad…

    Hope this works for you.
    Dan

  • Pixites says:

    Not in The Netherlands either; some people are so closed, they won’t even bother to state why these matters are restricted and on what grounds…

  • William Percy says:

    Dan,
    I owe you a beer! What a great tip. Downloading the app directly from my iPad worked here in Japan. How is that? I’ve never seen it happen before.
    A lovely looking app I look forward to exploring.

    Regards,
    Will Percy

  • Clairy says:

    I’m interested in art and history, such apps sound good to me.

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