British Classics on the iPad App (Free… For Now)

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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    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.

    Will Per­cy

  • Clairy says:

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

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