A few days ago I commented on the wonderful news that the British Library is to make available to Kindle users some of its rare first editions as free digital downloads.

More details of the digital books have now been released.  All are unique to the British Library collection. Go here to read a press release from the British Library with all the delightful details.

As a fan of early 19th century theatre I can’t wait to read The Amorous Knight and the Belle Widow, (1809): a three act original comedy produced in dedication of Valentine’s Day…and the intriguingly titled The Bishop and the Parson’s Beard, a tale in verse (1810)

And this book, A Useful Compendium of Many Important and Curious Branches of Science and General Knowledge by the Rev. Thomas Watson (1812) sounds irresistible ;-)

These will also be available  to buy as print-on-demand editions. So we will have the best of both worlds. Amazing.