April 23, 2014

A New Enhanced Ebook for iPad Coming Very Soon: “Great Photographs from the Library of Congress”

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The ebook, Great Photographs from the Library of Congress (an iOS app for iPad), will become available in the iTunes App Store on November 11, 2013. It’s being published by Artepublishing in association with the Library of Congress.

An announcement about the forthcoming ebook was made earlier today by LC.

The Library of Congress holds the world’s greatest collection of photographs. Mathew Brady’s Civil War classics, the portraits of American Indians by Edward S. Curtis and Carol Highsmith’s color views from the turn of the 21st century are just a few examples of the extraordinary photographs selected for inclusion in a new e-book, “Great Photographs from the Library of Congress.”

The e-book, which will be available for the iPad, was edited by Aimee Hess of the Library’s Publishing Office. This unique e-book, to be published on Nov. 11 by ArtePublishing in association with the Library of Congress, contains more than 700 extraordinary photographs selected from the holdings of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. Included are iconic photographs, such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and the Wright Brothers’ first successful airplane flight, as well as compelling historical images of people and places whose names have been lost or forgotten.

A variety of themes and time periods are highlighted, from a turn-of-the-century color view of bustling activity on Constantinople’s Galata Bridge to a shot of the Hindenburg passenger airship in flames; from classic portraits of those who have changed the world—Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller and Babe Ruth among them—to illustrations of how world landscapes have changed since the dawn of photography.

[Our emphasis] Along with the high-quality reproductions of the photographs, this interactive e-book features links to the Library of Congress website, where readers can access complete catalog information and download high-resolution copies of the photographs for personal use.

The photographs selected for inclusion in the e-book are arranged in eight chapters: The World and Its Cultures; American Indians; African Americans; Images of America; Accidents and Disasters; Architecture, Design, and Engineering; War; and Famous People. Each chapter’s text highlights the significance of the images within the context of the history of photography and provides information about the particular collections in which they are archived.

Learn About Another Enhanced Ebook From ArtePublishing (2012) Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d’Orsay (via iTunes App Store)
The enhanced ebook currently costs $9.95.

See Also: Levin’s Artepublishing to Do Enhanced Illustrated Books (via PW; June 15, 2012)

See Also: Search and View Photographs From the LC Collection (via LC’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog)

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