The British Library’s Unbelievable New iPad App


Some incredibly exciting news for classic lit nerds: Fast Company reports that the British Library has launched a new iPad app that will give users virtual access to thousands of 19th-century books from its collection — including early editions of Frankenstein and Oliver Twist — in their original form. That means instead of just being able to read the text, you’ll also be able to geek out over original illustrations, typefaces, and signs of wear and tear in the privacy of your own home without ever having to worry about getting shushed by a reading room librarian or watching helplessly as a priceless first edition evaporates into a pile of dust in your hands. (What? It could happen.) No word yet on how much this wonderment will cost when the app launches in full later this summer, but at the moment it’s free, and definitely worth checking out.