Notable New iPad Apps: British Library 19th Century Collection

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British Library 19th Century Collection is the latest iPad app from The British Library; this one featuring the library’s 19th century book collection. The collection includes a large number of classic novels and other great works on philosophy, history, science, and more.

Here are some of its key features:

• Search the collection
• Browse titles by subject
• Read commentary on selected titles
• View images of original maps
• See author inscriptions and margin notes
• Create favorite title lists
• Download books for offline reading

As you might expect, the titles in the app are presented in a way that is meant to preserve the look and feel of the original works – with marbled papers, engraved illustrations and similar treatment throughout.

There are famous titles here from Dickens, Hardy, Milton and many other acclaimed authors and poets. Seeing them with original illustrations and printing is impressive.


Here’s a fun title that caught my eye while taking just a quick tour around the app:


The pages of the books have been nicely rendered for the iPad. They feel much easier on the eye than some of the eBooks I’ve seen that feature Gutenberg Library and other public domain materials from this sort of period.

If you’re after a unique presentation of some classic literature and writing from the 19th century, this app is well worth a look.

Here’s an App Store link for British Library 19th Century Collection; it’s a free app.

Patrick Jordan

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