Publication Date

August 30, 2007



The British Library is reaching out to readers online by allowing them to digitally “leaf through our great books” on their Turning the Pages page.  Through the use of Adobe’s Shockwave player, visitors can interactively page through exceptional digital copies of a number of volumes from the library’s collections. Works like the first atlas of Europe, the Diamond Sutra hailed as the “oldest printed book,” and the original Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll. The Shockwave format allows readers “turn pages” with their mouse, making the illusion of reading a book online more real. The contents of each work are expanded upon through the use of the “text,” “magnify,” and “audio” buttons at the bottom of each page, which when clicked on respectively explain, enhance, and read to the user. Some works have even more features. For example, “Mozart’s Musical Diary” is presented with 75 audio clips to go along with the written music in his journal. Turning the Pages is a creative and innovative web experience that definitely deserves a look.

Turning Pages text button

Using the magnify function of Turning Pages

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