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Wednesday, 14th July 2010

New "Rare Book" Mobile App (Free) from the Bavarian State Library (iPhone/Touch/Pad)

Access and Download the New App (Free): Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library (Free)

From the Description:

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek accommodates in its vaults some world-famous and most precious works of the written cultural heritage of mankind. The App "Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library" presents an exquisite selection of these holdings:

52 splendid manuscripts, unique incunabula and rare, precious printed works from the Occident and the Orient, all representing treasures whose originals can be viewed only very rarely in exhibitions. The brilliant, comprehensive digital copies of the exhibits - formatted for presentation on iPad, iPhone and iPod - provide a fascinating insight into the treasures held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

The manuscripts and printed works can be browsed from the first to the last page. Among the exhibits there are for example the manuscript A of the Nibelungenlied, the eight volumes of the Ottheinrich Bible, the Babylonian Talmud or the Parzival epic by Wolfram von Eschenbach.

Requires iPhone 3GS or newer, iPad or iPod Touch latest generation. Does not run on iPhone 3G or older.

NOTE: We just downloaded the app on a iPhone 3G (running iOS 4) and had ZERO problems viewing/turning pages and enlarging/focusing on a part of a digitized page. Of course, your results may vary.

Access the New App: Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library (Free)

See Also: You'll Find 10 Screen Cap of the App on the App Shopper Web Site

Access and Download the New App (Free): Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library (Free)

With plans to add more in the future, the 452-year-old library has put together 52 literary highlights with the aim of making its cultural treasures accessible to the modern digital era.

“The Bavarian State Library considers it a core duty to become a centre of innovation for digital IT technologies and services by developing and offering mobile applications for its services,” it said in a statement.

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The app also gives access to UNESCO World Heritage manuscripts including a version of the epic Germanic poem the Nibelungenlied and priceless texts from Persia, Japan and other parts of the Orient.


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