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Biblion, The Boundless Library immerses users in rare items from The New York Public Library’s vast collections, providing context while also allowing for serendipitous discoveries. The second edition, Biblion Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle, takes advantage of new social media features to spark digitally enhanced conversation and social reading — and gives users a direct view into original primary source documents. Apple named Biblion one of its top apps in 2011 in the education category. Wired magazine praised it as one of 14 “outstanding apps for readers,” and The Atlantic magazine described it as “the magazine app of the future.” We welcome you to browse full editions online or download the app. Also check out Frankenstein: Making a Modern Monster, an edition of NYPL's free Point iBook series created from content in Biblion: Frankenstein.

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The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle

What makes a monster? What is it like living on the margins of society? Is technology inherently good or bad? These questions guided Mary Shelley 200 years ago as she wrote her classic novel Frankenstein — they remain just as relevant today. The second edition of Biblion explores the connections between Shelley’s time and our own, showing how the classics resonate throughout society and the breadth of NYPL’s offerings.

Enter the World of Tomorrow

Enter the World of Tomorrow through one of the Library's richest and most heavily used archival collections: the official corporate records of the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. The Fair, like the Library, has something for everyone, from technological innovation and classical music, to pop culture and a portrait of the world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship.

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Wired magazine picks Biblion as one if its "outstanding" apps for readers.

The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal writes that the new Biblion app could be a model for how to present information on a tablet.

Transmedia guru Henry Jenkins on creating the first edition of Biblion.

English lit teacher Jason Lobdell praises Biblion: Frankenstein and Biblion: World's Fair as “far more engaging than a digital ‘textbook.’”

Biblion: Frankenstein "may be one of the most ambitious literary apps yet released," says Jennifer Schuessler of The New York Times.