Antique Books via Silverlight

Description

Wow, I just found an amazing example of WPF and Silverlight thanks to the .net DEvHammer blog. "Turning the Pages 2.0" is an application that lets you "virtually" turn the pages of precious, antique books. Real books! In spring 2007, the British Library, in collaboration with the Society of Chief Librarians, Scottish library authorities and Microsoft, launched the 'Hidden Treasures' competition to put important manuscripts held in public libraries online. Normally, these books would only be able to be seen under glass and open to a page, but you wouldn't be able to read them. Now you can not only turn the pages, but you can also rotate the book, zoom in and out, move the book around, make notes, and read or listen to expert's commentary on each page. 5 Books are available in this format:

* Dorset Federation of Women's Institutes War Records (1939-45)
* Textus Roffensis (1123-24)
* Arbuthnott Missal (1491)
* Staunton's Embassy to China: Proof Plates (1797)
* Diaries of William Searell of Beddgelert (1844-46)

You can get the Silverlight version here and the Vista version here.

The Discussion

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    Googleman81

    being able to read virtual antique books just makes me feel intelligent and rich Smiley

    the "staunton's embassy to china: proof plates" is more like a collection of beautiful paintings than an actual textbook btw.

  • User profile image
    Googleman81

    being able to read virtual antique books just makes me feel intelligent and rich Smiley

    the "staunton's embassy to china: proof plates" is more like a collection of beautiful paintings than an actual textbook btw.

  • User profile image
    Googleman81

    being able to read virtual antique books just makes me feel intelligent and rich Smiley

    the "staunton's embassy to china: proof plates" is more like a collection of beautiful paintings than an actual textbook btw.

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