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British library introduces Treasures; its first mobile app for iOS, Android

Application allows access to some 100 items over a diverse range of interests

In what is being touted as a landmark event, the British library has introduced its first-ever mobile app for iOS, Android called Treasures. So far, the application allows access to some 100 items from the Library's collection and promises up to date notifications of any exhibitions which may be taking place at the library. Items that are a part of the collection include diverse topics like fiction, maps and science. Also available are; a 1215 copy of the Magna Carta, music manuscripts belonging to Handel, Purcell and Mozart, and Buddhist, Christian and Zoroastrian religious documents.

You can lay your hands on any of the three separate editions which are available for the title, which include the iPad, iPhone/iPod and Android. The application is great on on still images. In addition, users can take advantage of a variety of sound recordings, and several videos, which feature people like curators.

Price Treasures HD is pegged at a price of £2.39 or around $169 USD. This price is justified considering it draws from a higher-resolution native interface. The iPhone/iPod is priced at £1.19 or around $84 USD, both versions being available from the UK App Store. While the former requires only iOS 3.2, the latter warrants at least iOS 4.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)