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Wednesday, 31st March 2010

International Children's Digital Library Will Soon Release iPad App

One of coolest resources (and home to a very user friendly search interface) out there is now iPad ready. Bring on Saturday!

From the Announcement:

The University of Maryland and the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation have unveiled a new children's reading and library application, ICDL for iPad.

ICDL for iPad brings to Apple's iPad access to the world's largest freely available collection of multi-lingual, online children's books with titles in more than 54 languages representing 64 countries. Through the ICDL for iPad app, children, parents, teachers and librarians will be able to access the International Children's Digital Library on the iPad and use the ICDL's award-winning children's search engine developed by researchers at the University of Maryland's renowned Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL).

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The ICDL iPad App will be available soon from the App Store.

+ The ICDL for iPad application features ICDL's PopoutText technology, designed to make it possible for users to read story text clearly in the context of highly illustrated beautiful children's picture books - regardless of screen size.

+ Additional features of the ICDL for iPad application include:

+ Online reading - linkage to the full ICDL collection which has over 4,000 titles in 54 languages representing 64 countries

+ Simple navigation - find books with engaging interface quickly

+ One or two page view - takes advantage of iPad's "auto-rotation" feature

+ PopoutText - allowing exceptionally clear text in the context of highly illustrated pages

Source: U. of Maryland, ICDL Foundation

Note: No iPad? No worries. You can still access the cool search engine and full text books online (free) here. The ICDL iPhone App is is also available (free) here.


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