British Library app - new!

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    The British Library has launched a book reader with antique books in the list. The App is free and looks like it is at a "Beta+" stage.

    It shows promise, and could be an alternative to Kindle and Google Books and the University developed library of historical books.

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    Will this be available to us in the colony's do you think?
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    Hi Julie try this link http://www.bl.uk/

    The site has the title 19th Century Books and I found it in the Apps Store.

    The technical support e-mail is: support@bibliolabs.com

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    Richard,this is of great interest.
    My hubby is a mad keen history buff/ slash iPad reader so
    The thought of the british library to him is the holy grail of books.
    Will investigate and see what is possible.
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    Have you ever visited the BL? I have spent many many a happy hour there as a reader, and have organised a couple of visits. A while back, I posted one or two photos of the BL on the Architecture thread.

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    It is a dream of ours to visit and spend time browsing.
    Great books of the world.
    Just out if interest hubby is loading the app right now.
    He is beside himself
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    Fantastic!

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    Richard, I hope you don't mind, but I've moved your post and the discussion with Julie to the Apps section to start a new thread. This news will be of great interest to a number of members - myself included - thank you!

    There is also a paid version (£3.99) of the free app, which presumably includes more content.
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    That's absolutely fine.

    I've only just started exploring the app, and haven't checked the paid section. Would it be worth contacting BL for more info to be posted direct to forum or via a link?

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    Please by all means post further information in this thread - links, related material and whatever else might be of interest to members. :)
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    just looking at the two apps the free one appears to have access to more titles whereas the paid one has limited titles (around 100 I think) but much more depth on the subjects plus it has features related to current exhibitions......currently science fiction.

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    This new app is a winner.

    Hubby now surfing the book titles and madly saving to bookshelf.
    In his own words.
    I could kiss the ground!
    He is one happy book reader.
    Loves the old original covers
    Thanks Richard
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    Good stuff!!

    How to stop being notified of new posts, in the IPF app, goto the subscribed tab, then swipe left/right on the threads you no longer want to follow - I bleed in 6 colours
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    Thanks wytey.
    Much easier
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    The exhibitions at BL are excellent.
    I also like the turning pages programme which BL pioneered. I think the programme can be accessed on line.

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    The following message is being posted on the Roots genealogy forums:-

    Launching in Autumn 2011, the British Newspaper Archive will make millions
    of pages of historical newspapers available online for the first time ?
    Read more about this at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.
    If you wish, you can register to be kept informed of when the newspapers go
    online.

    Some digitised papers have been available on line for a long while. In case you don't know, The newspaper reading rooms and archive at Colindale will be closed down. Another cost cutting exercise which is a tragedy. The Newspaper Library is worth visiting.

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    Just curious is this app only available through the British ITunes store if so I can create an App sub section in the UK forum . I am considering doing this so that UK users can post specific apps in that location. comments please... Thanks
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    Col, I think it's available worldwide. Folks in Asia have been downloading the application, and I believe that the Staff at BL intend the 19thC books application to be used worldwide.

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    I'm assuming not because 55julie55 is in your part of the world.

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