November 24, 2015

The British Library and BiblioLabs Launch 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad

The British Library has launched its 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad. The app was announced in June with an initial offering of 1,000 19th century books, but it now offers 45,000 titles to subscribers ($2.99 a month) and this will expand to 60,000 titles by the end of the year.

Users have access to historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history, according to a library press release. The app uses high resolution digital color images to help capture the look and feel of the originals.

The app was developed in collaboration with BiblioLabs, based in Charleston, South Carolina.

“The online appetite for original historical content is huge and the Library is delighted to be working with BiblioLabs to transform the accessibility and visibility of this remarkable collection of 19th century books,” said Caroline Brazier, the British Library’s Director of Scholarship and Collections. “Our vision is to make more of our vast collections available to all, and the iPad App is a spectacular example of how this can work.”

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