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British Library 19th Century Collection

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This application provides access to titles from the British Library’s 19th century book collection. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history and science. Browse, search and read these historical books on a platform that enhances the reading experience.

Remarkable hidden gems in this wonderful collection include a contemporary account of the exhumation of Napoleon’s body, the memoir of a battlefield nurse during the American Civil War and an ethnographic study from 1884 of the Gypsies of the Scottish Borders. Along with the many titles in English, the App also features classics in Spanish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese and Dutch.

These digital book images have been captured in colour to preserve the look of the original book. Marbled papers, embossed covers, engraved illustrations maps, and beautifully coloured plates are intact and help create a unique reading environment.

This application contains many free titles and the option to purchase ongoing access to over 60,000 books for $89. Your purchase helps support the British Library.

The British Library 19th Century Historical Collection is the 2012 winner of the Publishing Innovation Award in the Reference/Academic category, and is a Quality, Excellence, and Design Seal recipient.


• Access thousands of historical books
• Search the collection 
• Browse titles by subject 
• Read commentary on selected titles 
• View images of original maps 
• See author inscriptions and margin notes 
• Create favorite title lists 
• Download books for offline reading
• Share interesting books with friends
• A Featured Collection of High Seas Adventures books
• Ability to share books through e-mail
• Ability to share the app on Facebook

What's New in Version 1.6.0

Bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

Very, Very, Very Disappointed in the BL :(

I grabbed the app as soon as it became available and later agreed to pay on a monthly basis; however, my warm relationship with this app has ended simply for the reason that when I now tap on the app, noting happens except to go back to the home screen. This has happened before; the first time, I did not have many books saved, so it was easy to d/l the books again, the second time, I was able to restore them, but now I can't restore … I press the button to do so, but only get a message about 20 books being saved. All the time and effort spent in grabbing the book and I wanted and saving them per instructions has failed and now have unsubscribed. Someone at BL or Apple needs to correct the programming problems, but obviously they haven't in months and months. I doubt that I am the only one that has suffered like this …. BEware and BEcareful.

Free books

About four free books in each category. Everything I searched for required the 2.99 per month subscription. Which I'd be more likely to get if I could see more free samples. I'm sure that the British Library offers thousands of titles that are not available anywhere else in an e-book format, but so does Gutenberg project, which is entirely free. I hope to see a few dozen more free titles in this app, which is really new.

The new one time payment is unattractive...

I think I would like this app with full access, but without being able to see what content exactly I would get for the one time contribution I very much hesitate to shell out that kind of money. What a restrictive, off-putting payment policy! At least put a list of available books somewhere!

British Library 19th Century Collection
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  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.6.0
  • Size: 28.1 MB
  • Languages: English, Italian
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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