Famous Books

Famous Books

iOS Universal Books

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is one of the biggest and most important universal libraries worldwide. Its vaults accommodate some of the most precious and world-famous works of mankind’s written cultural heritage.

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

Only very rarely can the public view the physical manifestations of these treasures in exhibitions. The brilliant, complete digital copies of the exhibits - formatted for presentation on iPad and iPhone - provide a fascinating insight into the treasures held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Users can browse through and freely zoom into the manuscripts and printed works from the first to the last page. Among the exhibits are, for example, the manuscript A of the Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs), the eight volumes of the Ottheinrich Bible, an edition of each the Gutenberg Bible and the World Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel, the Babylonian Talmud and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s epic poem Parzival.

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What's New

After five prolific years in the app store, the app has been given a complete makeover. The new layout follows the flat design principles. It perfectly adjusts to different screen sizes, from the small screen of the iPhone 4S to the 12-inch-display of the iPad Pro. For users to have a better viewing experience of the historical treasures on their high-resolution displays, all digital copies are now also available at 300 dpi.

What’s new in this update:
- New look: Tile layout replaces carousel
- Optimized for better viewing experience (digital objects available at higher resolution, 300 dpi)
- Improved ordering principle: Titles within a category are listed in chronological order
- Updated imprint and data privacy statement
- Corrected bibliographic data
- Bug fixes

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