OpenLearn from Open University (beta) // OpenLearn is the home of free learning from The Open University, covering everything from getting started with Gaelic to searching for life on other planets. You'll find hundreds of hours of extracts from genuine OU courses to try; learning tools from across campus and insight into OU co-productions with BBC TV and radio. This is a beta attempt to bring over a decade's worth of content into a single app.
Scribed // Use the Scribd app for unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. Included with a subscription are books from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. We also have the world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works.
This BBC Earth Wonders app // showcases some of the most beautiful BBC natural history content, taken from landmark series such as Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Life, along with stunning images from world-renowned natural history photographers.
Weird but True by National Geographic /// Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each fact in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained and learning. And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.
Blio // Don’t just read books. Experience them. Blio is a free eReading application that offers an unparalleled reading experience. Books are more than just words: there’s style, presentation, and a world of color, eBooks should be no different. The presentation enhances your reading experience, so books in Blio have the same layout, fonts, and full-color images that you enjoy in the print version of your favorite titles.
Flipboard app // Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary // the app includes a regular dictionary, integrated thesaurus, example sentences, Word of the Day, and Favorites -- along with over 1000 graphical illustrations, and over 20,000 entries covering people, places, and foreign terms. A great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building. No internet connection is required to view any of the definitions (although you do need a connection to view illustrations and hear audio pronunciations).