NYPL Biblion: World's Fair
By The New York Public Library
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***Apple "Education App of the Year" 2011
***Honorable Mention in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards
Enter the World of Tomorrow and experience the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair through the collections of The New York Public Library! Biblion: The Boundless Library is designed to take you — all but literally — into the Library's legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad story lines they hold and preserve. In this free app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays directly from the collections right in your hands.
With Biblion, you can jump from stack to stack, story to story, as you move through the infoscape of the World's Fair, created directly from NYPL's Manuscripts and Archives Division. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, covering a range of topics from technological innovation, music, and pop culture, to a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship.
Biblion: World’s Fair allows you to:
• Read original essays from such prominent writers as Karen Abbott, William Grimes, Henry Jenkins, Elliott Kalan, James Mauro, and others
• View General Motors' famous Futurama ride, in full color, from the original carousel!
• Explore the development of the Fair's designs, uniforms, buildings, and exhibits, including Salvador Dalí’s then-shocking Dream of Venus extravaganza
• Relish the outrageous restaurant ideas that never made the cut
• Learn about the fate of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion after the country was invaded by Hitler
• Discover what was buried inside the Westinghouse Time Capsule ... not to be opened until the year 6939!
• Fly from story to story, charting your own journey through the stacks…
This first issue of Biblion explores only one part of the Library’s vast and awe-inspiring holdings. Future editions will open up other parts of the Library’s collections, services, or programs.
What's New in Version 1.6.1
New fonts, bug fixes, tested for iOS 7 compatibility
Will only open from App Store
The icon for the app has gone dark and will not open. To open I have to go to my purchased list in the App Store. It opens fine there, but something is wrong with it.
This is one of the most entertaining and informative applications on my ipad. In my opinion, this is a must for any history buff especially if your focus is 20th century history.
Blah, one Time Use App
I suppose it would be unrealistic to expect more pictures due to the era, but as beautiful as this app is you browse it once and never again. It's boring and lacks detail. I for one, was looking for extensive information on inventions debuted at the fair.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Dec 02, 2013
- Version: 1.6.1
- Size: 214 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: The New York Library Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
- © 2011, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.