International Children's Digital Library Launches Apple iPhone Application

ICDL Provides Anywhere Access to World's Largest Online Children's Book Collection from Apple's iPhone
Educational Content for the iPhone

For immediate release

COLLEGE PARK, MD - November 19, 2008 - The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) (, which is the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet, today announced the release of the ICDL for iPhone application. Available free at Apple's iPhone App Store, the ICDL for iPhone application allows users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the iPhone and iPod Touch user interface to read a selection of books from the ICDL's master collection, which today represents thousands of children's stories from 60 countries. The children's books can be read in their native language and in English.

The ICDL for iPhone application features ICDL's ClearText technology which was designed to make it possible for users to read story text clearly in the context of highly illustrated beautiful children's picture books -- even on the small mobile screen. The ICDL for iPhone application will be updated regularly as new books are made available.

Additional features of the ICDL iPhone application include:

  • Offline reading -- access the International Children's Library to read on and offline
  • Online reading -- linkage to the full ICDL collection which has over 3,000 titles in 48 languages representing 60 countries
  • Simple navigation -- view books with engaging animations quickly
  • One or two page view -- takes advantage of iPhone's "auto-rotation" feature
  • ClearText -- allowing exceptionally clear text in the context of highly illustrated pages

The ICDL iPhone application syncs via Wi-Fi or the user's cellular network and downloads the latest featured children's books directly to the device, giving children and parents access to content offline and in airplane mode. Compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch with operating system version 2.0, the application was designed by International Children's Digital Library Foundation with support from Zumobi and the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

"Our ICDL for iPhone application is incredibly exciting for us because it provides such broad access to our wonderful parent-friendly content," said Tim Browne, Executive Director of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation. "Thanks to Zumobi and its wildly attractive platform, we see this as a perfect way to deliver children's educational and cultural content to the ever growing world of Apple iPhone users. Honestly, we hope it brings in a whole new group of ICDL supporters, who cannot resist becoming first time donors!"

About Apple

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

About ICDL

Founded in 2002, the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) has the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet. Funded initially by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research, ICDL debuted at an international celebration at the Library of Congress. The mission of the non-profit ICDL Foundation is to identify exemplary books that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live and make them freely available on the Internet. The materials in its collection, all presented in at least the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. For more information, please visit ICDL on the Web at

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NOTE TO EDITORS:  Experts from the International Children's Digital Library Foundation are available for interviews and/or commentary on a wide range of related topics including: the role of digital books in elementary education; using the Internet to fight global illiteracy; the digitization of books; and the role of the Internet in supplementing the world's libraries.