Just in time for St. Patrick Day comes "a gift from the people of Ireland" – A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a free book app from the Royal Irish Academy. The new app was a project of the National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Times and the Royal Irish Academy, but TNM readers will want to know that the app was developed through the studio of Joe Zeff Design, the company behind many interesting interactive book apps.
(Also partnering in the project were the EU Presidency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Adobe Systems - the app was built using the Adobe DPS).
The app opens to a library page where the reader downloads the actual eBook, and as the app description mentions, the file to be downloaded is 500 MB.
The eBook is designed to read more like a magazine, in portrait. This may have been a design choice knowing that the work would not only appear for the iPhone and iPad, but for the Kindle Fire and Android tablets, as well.
The book is filled with multimedia elements: from mini-documentaries, audio, animated objects and zoomable imagery as you will see in the preview video created by Joe Zeff Design. You can also read more about the app on the studio's own blog. But the important thing to know is that the eBook is free to download until the end of March.
I'm sure the team over at Joe Zeff Design would like a few kind words about the app, but really, TNM readers know what to expect – yet another fine app from the design studio. They don't get much better than this as far as design, interaction, stability of app, etc.
The preview video can be found after the jump: