I love books - the escape into other worlds, delving into minute details on a myriad of subjects and even the smell of ink and binding glue… I can't help be impressed by the British Library's news of a Smartphone app that allows access to world literary treasures via mobile devices and iPad.
Here's a taste of what can be accessed:
- The first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- The world's oldest bible Codex Sinaiticus
- Nelson's Battle Plan
- Galileo's letters
- Da Vinci's notebooks
- The Gutenberg Bible
- Charles Dicken's handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby
- Jane Austen's teenage writings
- 2,000-year old Oracle Bones from China
- An original Magna Carta of 1215
- Hand-written lyrics by The Beatles
The app was created in conjunction with Toura. The selections available are from the Library's Sir Jon Ritblat Treasures Gallery. Video, manuscripts, notebooks and letters are all available for download.
So, what would you pay for this? For a mere $3.99 for iPhone, iPon Touch, in the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace. An HD version costs $5.99. Right now, there's an introductory price of $1.99 for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android smartphones, and $3.99 for iPad until January 24, so hurry!
Find more info at http://a.toura.com/3091 and let me know what you think!