May 21, 2022

2nd Edition of New York Public Library’s Biblion, The Boundless Library iPad App Now Available (Free)

The second edition of Biblion: The Boundless Library app for iPad from the NYPL is is now online. It’s a free download from the app store.

This edition is titled, Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle.

Don’t have access to an iPad? Here’s the web version of the new Biblion.

From the iTunes App Store:

See how the classics live on and join the “Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle.” What makes a monster? Is technology good or bad? What’s it like to live at the margins of society? Enter the NYPL stacks to see rare collections items and how they continue to inspire ideas and storytelling today.

This second edition of The New York Public Library’s collections-based app “Biblion, The Boundless Library” once again takes users deep into our famed stacks to explore the sometimes hidden connections between the time of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of the 1818 novel “Frankenstein,” and our own—showing how the classics live on. In “Biblion: Frankenstein and the Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle” you can browse and interact with:

– Galleries, essays by experts on the Romantic era, and narratives featuring 1,300 images, audio and video clips.

– Exciting new social reading features that allow readers to engage in conversations with other readers of the app.

– All surviving handwritten pages of Mary Shelley’s original “Frankenstein” manuscript, courtesy of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. Toggle between the pages of this version and the complete text of Shelley’s revised 1831 edition to see how she edited the work.

– The entire Esdaile Notebook containing early works by the great British Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband, from The New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection.

– Dramatic audio readings of key passages from the “Frankenstein” novel, read by actor AJ Stetson in The New York Public Library’s Audio Book Studio at the Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind.

– Copies of Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, held by NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division; Nelson Mandela’s first official African National Congress statement held by The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and other seminal materials related to the struggle for freedom that resonated with the circle of people surrounding the Shelleys.

– A transcript of a prison inmates’ reading group discussing themes in “Frankenstein” such as justice, prejudice, and being an outsider to society, courtesy of The New York Public Library’s Correctional Services Department.

– Rarely seen photographs of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and other actors portraying the various Hollywood incarnations of Frankenstein’s monster, held by The Billy Rose Theater Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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NYPL Launches Frankenstein Biblion App (by Matt Ennis, The Digital Shift)
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