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The British Library already has a ‘Treasures’ app that is a kind of ‘greatest hits’ romp through the Library’s archives. However, this new iPad-only app specifically focuses on books and documents from the 19th century – the era of Dickens and the great Victorian explorers and travel writers. British Library 19th Century Books …

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Holmes

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Being able to see images of the real book is all very nice, but if you just want to read the book, then you will probably be able to find the same content at Project Gutenberg, for free.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:MobileReader_Devices_How-To#iPad.2C_iPhone_and_iPod_Touch

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Uh ... Project Gutenberg, anyone?

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Same titles, same text, no adverts ...

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Re: Uh ... Project Gutenberg, anyone?

For the most part I agree, although the images of the actual texts in their original fonts would be a plus for me, and make this app worth considering. Especially since getting to the British Library would take much more than a simple tube fare for me.

But if you don't care about that, then Project Gutenberg in combination with Calibre (<http://www.calibre-ebook.com/>, the best e-book organizer around) is the way to go.

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I have used this for a while...

It's nice to read something that's closer to a real old book, complete with printed covers, faded, water-damaged pages, odd scrawls, underlines and marginal comments.

The choice of books in the taster app is also interesting. It's the nearest thing to browsing a scruffy second-hand bookshop I can get in the non english speaking country where I reside.

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“It’s like picking the book off the bookshelf"

Ah yes, that old book smell. The fragile feel and crinkle of old pages. The density of old books with their thin paper and thick covers. The way the desiccated pages suck the moisture out of your finger as you flick through them.

Twat.

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@It’s like picking the book off the bookshelf

>The way the desiccated pages suck the moisture out of your finger

Although without the risk of being poisoned by a mad blind medieval Italian monk

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"without the risk .of being poisoned by a mad blind medieval Italian monk"

... yet

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Angel

Where's Andrew?

There's IP to protect here!

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