App is free and access is free for the time being. About 1,000 titles are available today.
By the end of the summer more than 60,000 books are expected to be accessible along with pricing information for the service.
The 60,000 books, which are all in the public domain, are part of the British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection and span numerous languages and subject areas including titles such as “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” [with plates] by Charles Dickens.
The British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App forms a treasure trove of classics and lesser known titles in fields ranging from travel writing and natural history to fiction and philosophy. The app represents the latest landmark in the British Library’s progress towards its long-term vision of making more of its historic collections available to many more users through innovative technology.
The iPad app was developed by Bibliolabs based in Charleston, SC.