A new free app. I’m going to download it as soon as I finish with the site this morning. Resource Shelf has more info.
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.
Update: Just downloaded the iPad app and it is absolutely magnificent on the iPad. This is what the machine was designed for!