May 23, 2022

Digitial Books: BiblioLabs and the British Library Launch 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad, 45,000 Titles Currently Available

On June 8th, we pointed out that the British Library had just released a new iPad app that provided access to a small collection of about 1000 free digitized books from the 19th Century.

Today, the service expands and formally launches with more than 45,000 titles available. Plans are to expand the collection to more than 60,000 books by the end of 2011.

The app is free and some books are available at no charge.

However, to access the complete collection you’ll need to subscribe. The cost is £1.99/month in the UK and $2.99/month in the U.S. and everywhere else.

From Today’s Announcement:

BiblioLabs, LLC and the British Library have launched their British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad – now available on the App Store. The App was announced in June with an initial offering of a thousand 19th century books – it now makes some 45,000 titles available to subscribers, expanding to over 60,000 titles by the end of the year.

The collection includes, [Historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history.

Learn More, Download App From U.S. iTunes App Store

Learn More, Download App From UK iTunes Store

On Subscribing to the Collection (via iTunes)

Your subscription helps support the British Library, and it will renew automatically every 30 days. Your payment will be charged to your iTunes account at the confirmation of purchase. The subscription automatically renews monthly unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. Your account will be charged $2.99 within 24 hours of the end of the 30 day subscription period. You can manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase.

Finally,  includes eight images of book covers and the collection catalog.

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