The New York Public Library's new Biblion iPad app shows the library's capacity to serve as web curator
From The Atlantic regarding Biblion, the new iPad app from the New York Public Library:
Combining essays, photos and documents from the library's archives, the whole experience feels more like an exhibit than a publication ... but maybe that's precisely where magazine apps should be aiming.
The first edition of Biblion focuses on the 1939-1940 World Fair. And what's fascinating to me is that you don't feel like you're reading something about the fair, but experiencing what it's like to tool around behind the scenes at a museum or in an archive. The impression is spatial. You chart your own path, find pieces of text, photos or video, and then assemble them yourself into a narrative of the fair.
What I believe Mr. Madrigal is describing in this excerpt is the joy of immersing oneself in a curated space as opposed to the usual jumbled mess that is the web. While the New York Public Library's new iPad app sports an elegantly slick design, where it truly succeeds is acting as a testament to the library's capacity to act as web curator.