I’ve only had my iPad for a few months, but it’s interesting to see how I actually use it now versus how I thought I’d use it. I definitely thought I would use a larger number (and variety) of apps than I actually do. I blame this on lack of time due to grad school, but really it’s out of habit. Just like when I go to my favorite restaurants, I can’t help but order the same few dishes — because I know what I like and I don’t want to “waste” my money on something that isn’t as good. Or when a favorite band releases a new album — if it doesn’t capture me the first couple times I listen to it, chances are I’m going to choose the older tried-and-true albums over the new one every time (I’m talking about you, Iron and Wine).
But I’ve become more adventurous these days, so here are three very cool — and very free — iPad apps that I’ve been playing around with. I can’t wait for more to come out! Please share if you know of any other apps worth checking out.
Biblion: The Boundless Library
New York Public Library
Right now, the app is focused on the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, but I think future “issues” of Biblion will focus on a variety of other collections.
19th Century Historical Collection
Read (or skim) over 1,000 nineteenth-century books for free! The book scans look great, and I foresee this app distracting me for many hours to come. Later this summer, over 60,000 books will be made available for a not-yet-released price.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Also available on Android devices and iPhones, this app features a different archival document every day. A few days ago, the featured document was the oath of allegiance signed by Marquis de Lafayette. Later this week, it will be the Watergate building’s security officer log from June 17, 1972.