The British Library and BiblioLabs have launched an App for the iPad that allows subscribers to view over 45,000 19th Century historical documents including ones that have been rarely seen by the public.

Using the tactile interface of the iPad, readers will be able to get access to work that they would not have been allowed to in the past.

…diaries, novels, Victorian travel accounts and poetry are all in the digital library…

High resolution digital images give a level of lifelike accuracy to the pages and the search feature allows easy navigation to any text you’re interested in. Scientific papers, diaries, novels, Victorian travel accounts and poetry are all in the digital library which will be expanding to 60,000 titles by the end of the year.

“For just £1.99 a month in the UK [$2.99 a month, US and rest of the world] users will be able to explore historical and antiquarian books…”

Highlights include an account of the exhumation of Napoleon’s body and the memoir from a nurse practising in the American Civil War.

The App is available now from the App Store.

Image courtesy of the App Store

 

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