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UN publications go mobile
07 July 2010 / 05:08

[Dateline: New York | Author: DPI]

As a first step forward toward revamping its e-publishing activities, United Nations Publications announced today the release of the UN e-book applications for iPhone and e-books for Amazon’s Kindle which give users easy access to offline reading and reference on global issues.

The first UN publications available as iPhone applications, or ‘apps’, are UN flagship titles such as ‘The Charter of the United Nations’, ‘The United Nations Today’, and ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.

Available for a nominal fee at the App Store, UN e-book apps allow users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch user interface.

Features of the UN e-book apps include:

- Simple and clean user interface,

- Full-text search across the text,

- Intuitive navigation to different parts of the book,

- Linking to other UN titles. 

United Nations Publications is also releasing at the App Store a free application that highlights the progress of the Millennium Development Goals.

Prior to the launch, UN Publications has stepped up its social media game to generate pre-buzz in the twittersphere and on Facebook, as ‘tweetability’ and social media exposure are imperative for success of the apps. The launch of the apps is also cross-marketed with Education Outreach’s online presence to reach the young participants of Global Model UN 2010.

"The United Nations Today" is now also available for Kindle, Amazon's e-book reader, with more UN Titles to follow on the Kindle store.

In the coming weeks more titles will be offered as iPhone applications. These applications will also be available on iPad and devices and operating systems such as Blackberry, Android and Symbian.

For more information, visit the Mobile Applications page on the United Nations Publications website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.