Deseret Book's new BookShelf app: Mixing the old with the new

The out-of-print works of B.H. Roberts, “Key to the Science of Theology” by Parley P. Pratt and other works from church history are back on Deseret Book’s shelves — electronically.

Of the more than 1,500 titles in the recently released Deseret BookShelf app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, about half are considered out-of-print books, said Matt McBride, director of digital products for Deseret Book.

It’s taken years of scanning and retyping to present these titles in a digital and indexed format, said McBride. Future out-of-print titles include the volumes in the “The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley.”

Deseret BookShelf app is free to download from the App Store and includes eight free e-books with download. The free books include “Jesus the Christ,” “Discourses of Brigham Young” and the best-selling “Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt.” Hundreds of other books, including recently released books, are available to buy. An Android platform version of the app will be made available late summer 2011.

The BookShelf app is designed “to provide a tailored e-reading experience for LDS books,” McBride said. “This app allows the reader to interact with the books in a way that facilitates gospel study.”

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