To celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2013, the Book of Kells for iPad is free today. Priced at $12.99 at its launch last year, this rather a bargain.
If you have an iPad, and the slightest genuine interest in Irish culture, you really really want this.
The Book of Kells attracts over half a million visitors in Ireland (in Trinity College in Dublin) every year, where - due to its age and condition - pages are turned about once a day. So to see it all you’d need to stay in Ireland for 2 years. Now though, with the app, you can now see it, page by page, in high resolution in your own home.
• All 680 surviving pages of Ireland’s most famous illuminated manuscript.
• 21 pages are featured up to 6 times their actual size.
• Over 600 examples of letters, animals, and other symbols
Here’s the link on itunes
The Book of Kells for iPad follows on from the popular award-winning Book of Kells DVD-ROM which was available until June 2012. With its high quality screen and physical size akin to that of the manuscript, the iPad is seen as an ideal platform to showcase the decorative skills of the scribes and the rich and varied colours used in the drawings.
At the moment there are no versions for Android or other tablets. The current version of the app works on any iPad or iPad mini running iOS 5.1 or later
The DVD-ROM was discontinued.