British Library Launches Treasures app for Smart Phones

Over 100 highlights, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images, allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in detail.

Literary highlights include Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Austen’s teenage writings, while key historical documents include 2000-year-old Oracle Bones from China and an original Magna Carta of 1215. The section devoted to music includes manuscript scores from some of the best-known classical composers, such as Handel, Purcell, Mozart and Schubert.

Available across multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, iTouch, Android and, in an HD version, the iPad.

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I added this to my ipod touch but a larger screen is really needed to do all this justice.

but I found myself thinking that there actually wasn't enough content -- i was just getting a taste of what was there when what I really wanted was the whole meal. Do agree that the small format is not optimal, but, it is what it is... Would like to see it on an ipad although I still think I would find the depth lacking.

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