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Educational And Interactive Reference Guides For Everything

No matter what you're looking for these reference guides will have you covered. These amazing apps are not just your average reference guides. They have interactive elements, 3D visuals and will provide you with any information you want on all different subjects.

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

The Pyramids
The Pyramids

The Pyramids

Touch Press Inc

With this beautiful iPad app from Touch Press you can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt

With this beautiful iPad app from Touch Press you can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt. Fly around the plateau where the pyramids and the Sphinx are located at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinthine tombs and passageways. Examine stunning wall paintings in incredible detail, rotate royal statues and spin 3D objects. Everything has...

Journeys of Invention
Journeys of Invention

Journeys of Invention

Touch Press Inc

‘Jammed with information about the workings and history of a long list of inventions

‘Jammed with information about the workings and history of a long list of inventions...bring[s] complex ideas alive in an interactive and modern way.’
– The New York Times

“...a marvellous, marvellous app.”
– The Guardian

Pick up and play with some of the most extraordinary objects in the history of science and technology. This app brings to life priceless objects from the Science...

Also Good

Apps with average score

The Liszt Sonata
The Liszt Sonata
The Liszt Sonata

The Liszt Sonata

Amphio Limited

*** Winner of the 2013 Creative Communication RPS Music Award ***
One of the 21st century’s finest pianists plays the great masterpiece of 19th century Romantic music. The Liszt Sonata gives you access to one of the most complex pieces of piano music ever written, and helps you uncover its subtle...

Think Like Churchill
Think Like Churchill
Think Like Churchill

Think Like Churchill

Touch Press Inc

Challenge yourself. Challenge your friends. Discover if you can Think Like Churchill.

This app lets you stand in the shoes of Winston Churchill as he faces some of the most difficult and challenging dilemmas in history. At the end of each scenario, your choice is dissected and analysed to help you...

The Orchestra
The Orchestra
The Orchestra

The Orchestra

Amphio Limited

***As featured in Apple ads***
***Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Creative Communication***

A new way to experience classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, performing extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.


Features:

An orchestra at your command: Experience classical music like never before...

The Elements in Action by Theodore Gray
The Elements in Action by Theodore Gray
The Elements in Action by Theodore Gray

The Elements in Action by Theodore Gray

Touch Press Inc

‘One of my favorite science-based apps...The Elements in Action is easy to navigate and attractively designed.’
– The New York Times

The periodic table comes to life with 79 video explorations of the weird, wonderful, and sometimes alarming properties of the elements. Filmed by BAFTA award winner Max Whitby in partnership...

Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart
Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart
Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart

Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart

Touch Press Inc

Selected by Apple as Best of 2014, and winner of the 2015 Digital Book Award for Best Nonfiction App.

Bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart is your guide through Incredible Numbers. Numbers define the patterns of sunflowers; they bring pleasure through music; and they help us answer existential questions like; ‘How many...

Molecules by Theodore Gray
Molecules by Theodore Gray
Molecules by Theodore Gray

Molecules by Theodore Gray

Touch Press Inc

INCLUDED IN BEST OF 2014

“Few iOS apps are as thoughtfully designed as Molecules, and even fewer combine superb visuals with clear writing that encourages exploration.”
– Macworld

“Molecules uses its predecessor as a springboard to further greatness.”
– Stuff

A book about molecules, and a chance to touch, stretch and twist them!

Molecules by Theodore...

March of the Dinosaurs
March of the Dinosaurs
March of the Dinosaurs

March of the Dinosaurs

Touch Press Inc

HALF PRICE for a limited time only!

March of the Dinosaurs is an interactive storybook that comes alive in your hands with highly realistic 3D dinosaurs that spin and zoom at the touch of your fingers.

Another offering from Touch Press (publishers of The Elements and Solar System for iPad), March...

X is for X-Ray (iPad)
X is for X-Ray (iPad)
X is for X-Ray (iPad)

X is for X-Ray (iPad)

Touch Press Inc

X is for X-Ray for iPad is a magical interactive iPad book from Touch Press, the people behind The Elements and Solar System for iPad. It offers a remarkable perspective on 26 everyday objects.

Swipe horizontally and each object rotates beneath your fingertip. Swipe vertically and its interior structure is...

Skulls by Simon Winchester
Skulls by Simon Winchester
Skulls by Simon Winchester

Skulls by Simon Winchester

Touch Press Inc

Skulls by Simon Winchester is a stunning, richly illustrated iPad title that advances the interactive book format pioneered by Touch Press with The Elements and Solar System.

The title features beautiful 360 degree high-resolution rotations of over 300 animal skulls collected by Alan Dudley and photographed by Nick Mann. The story...

Dinosaur Book: iDinobook
Dinosaur Book: iDinobook
Dinosaur Book: iDinobook

Dinosaur Book: iDinobook

Andres Rodriguez

If you are looking for detailed information about the real dinosaurs of the Jurassic World movie (the 4th installment of the Jurassic Park movie), you can find it in this wonderful encyclopedia.

Book of dinosaurs with more than 200 entries and hundreds of pictures, perfectly clasified.

With exclusive illustrations from the paleo-artist...

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Gems and Jewels

Gems and Jewels

Touch Press Inc

Get closer than ever before to an exquisite collection of the most valuable and highly coveted gems, gemstones, and jewels that have captivated human beings for millennia. Learn about the rocks, minerals, and organic materials that are transformed by the jeweler's art into things of great beauty.


Reviews from the first edition:

Super cool!!! *****
By Science Mommy – Version 1.0.0 – May 31, 2011

We love this app! Not only is it very cool with amazing technology, but my science-minded son has learned a ton! The pictures are simply incredible and the information is presented in a fun, but effective way…extremely engaging.

I LOVE THIS APP! *****
by CAROL BARNETT – Version 1.0.0 – May 11, 2011

This is what educational, photography, reference apps should all strive to be! It is SO MUCH FUN and EDUCATIONAL at the same time. The interaction is SPECTACULAR, CAPTIVATING, and BEAUTIFULLY done. I love gemstones and I feel like I am holding these in my hand, even better than seeing them in person at the museum!


Gems and Jewels is the dazzling new ebook from Touchpress, creators of The Elements, Solar System and The Waste Land for iPad. In partnership with the University of Chicago Press and The Field Museum of Natural History, Touchpress presents this stunning visual treasure trove. Over 300 beautiful objects have been painstakingly photographed as 360-degree rotations specially for the iPad. Every one is fully rotatable and even, thanks to new technology from Touchpress, pinch-zoomable. The quality of the interactive imagery will take your breath away.

Beyond the beauty lies a deep and authoritative text written by Lance Grande, Curator of Gems and Senior Vice President of The Field Museum. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey through the natural origins of jewelry, from diamond mines deep underground, to pearl oysters nestled in shallow seas. By classifying each gemstone by its chemical and mineralogical type, the reader comes to see the order and science behind those stones humankind has selected to represent its highest aspirations for wealth, power, and beauty.

Gems and Gemstones presents the multifaceted nature of these objects with an intimacy and clarity rarely experienced. Hold in your hands on your iPad: an Etruscan Gold necklace from Italy, an 8 carat black Diamond, and the Aztec “Sun-god Opal,” carved in the 16th century.

Rather than remaining locked away in a display case at a museum or in a bank vault, these rare objects can now be enjoyed and manipulated —larger than life—and viewed from multiple angles and perspectives. Watch the faceted surface of a Brazilian amethyst sparkle, see the back side of 37-carat tanzanite necklace set in a sea of Diamonds and come face to face with 30-million year old insects embedded inside a piece of Amber filling the screen.

Detailed captions accompany each gem, stone, and jeweled piece, as well as scientific data from Wolfram|Alpha, including classification, group, hardness scale, and chemical compound. Accompanying text unfolds from the upper left corner of each page and explores the roles of particular gems in human culture, explains geographic origins, and recounts the extraordinary histories of particular jeweled pieces.

Rockhounds, jewelry aficionados, and mineralogists alike, we invite you to enjoy this unprecedented presentation of these exquisite natural minerals and the works of art into which they have been crafted.

World War II Interactive

World War II Interactive

Touchzing Media

Rated as one of the best iPad Apps by Gizmodo.com (one of the biggest tech blogs).
A very comprehensive App on World War II made specifically for the iPad. Brings World War 2 alive on your iPad screen. World War II Interactive covers the biggest conflict in history with stunning photos, videos and speeches and amazing design.

"If you’re a WWII enthusiast, we say go for it." - Aayush Arya, Apps Co-Editor at TheNextWeb.com

"What's especially great about World War II Interactive is that the app provides you with rare pictures and videos you've probably never seen before. The quality of the content is really good too—for those who don't like history, I think it makes it interesting enough with multimedia to keep you interested." - Gizmodo.com

- A visually engaging and highly atmospheric overview of World War II, including the runup and the fallout. Powerful capsule history of World War II, chilling and reflective in one breath. - Kirkus Reviews

"World War II Interactive is a should buy for the price that is a great resource for everything World War II, which takes full advantage of the iPad platform over a standard hardback book." - From review by Applenapps.com (rated 4/5)

"If students are studying World War II, this app is an amazing resource. The format of this app and the content included will definitely keep kids involved and engaged. - AppoLearning.com (Rated 89/100)

"This app is very useful for everyone that has an interest in the subject or for all middle or high school kids studying WW II at school." - FunEducationalApps.com

"Rated 4.5/5 by PadGadget.com"

Read about the major battles and events of WW2 in detail. Swipe through the timelines for every month of the war. Watch rare video clips. Listen to famous speeches. See amazing photographs. Learn about the leaders, weapons, conferences, major operations, etc. More details about these are mentioned below.

Benefits:
- Ideal for anyone above age 10: kids, adults and WWII enthusiasts alike.
- Far better than reading a book. Spend hours with it.
- Gives you a complete overview of World War II.
- Doesn't overload you with unnecessary extra information.
- Beautifully designed with visuals and sounds.
- Very easy to navigate, use, read and understand.
- Features a complete index making it easy to jump to any section at any time.

You can see a video demo of the app at http://www.worldwar2app.com

----------------More Details---------------
Topics covered:
The App is divided into 9 periods: Events leading to the war (1918-1938), the 7 years of the war (1939-1945) and events after the war. All the major battles and events (from every theater of the war) are summarized in detail. Topics covered include Rise of Hitler, German Blitzkrieg, Winter war, Battle of France, Dunkirk, Britain, North Africa, Operation Barbarossa, Pearl Harbor, Holocaust, all major battles of Pacific war theater, D-Day, Burma, invasion of Italy, Germany and Japan, atomic bombings, etc. and many more.

Timelines:
8 extensive timelines for the events during 1918-1938 and in detail for every month of the war from 1939 to 1945. Tap on the timeline to learn more about the person, weapon or event mentioned.

Photographs:
Over 600 amazing photographs with a Photo Features section featuring propaganda posters, lighter moments, leaders, armaments, etc.

Videos:
More than 35 rare video clips of major battles, airplanes and events including
- Adolf Hitler in Paris
- Pearl Harbor bombing
- Battle of Stalingrad
- D-Day landings and Battle of Normandy
- Atomic bombing of Nagasaki
- The Japanese surrender ceremony aboard USS Missouri
- and Many More.

Speeches:
Famous speeches including
- Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech
- Eisenhower's D-Day message
- Churchill announcing the surrender of Germany
- Harry Truman announcing the surrender of Japan
- and more.

Immerse in World War 2 like an active participant and emerge victorious with the Allies once again.
Do like the app on http://www.facebook.com/worldwar2app

American Revolution Interactive Timeline (Full Version)

American Revolution Interactive Timeline (Full Version)

Touchzing Media

A comprehensive interactive timeline of the American Revolution takes you through all the events from 1754 to 1789 from the French and Indian War to the inauguration of George Washington. With over 515+ photographs and articles, this beautifully designed app takes you right through the birth of the United States of America via the Revolutionary War.

Features:
* All major battles, significant events, leaders, etc. See more details below.
* Over 515+ rare images, sketches and paintings from the defining years of American History. Zoom in to see photographs in detail.
* Search the entire app for a particular word.

Additional Multimedia:
* Quotes slideshow
* Picture gallery
* Video summary

Benefits:
* Ideal for students, adults or history enthusiasts.
* An interactive visual treat, better than reading a normal book.
* Easy to navigate and use. Swipe left or right to browse the timeline.


Topics covered include the French and Indian War, the Boston Tea Party, Battles of Lexington and Concord, Continental Congress, Battle of Quebec, Battle of Bunker Hill, Battle of Long Island, Declaration of Independence, Fort Ticonderoga, Oriskany, Saratoga, Cowpens, Chesapeake, Surrender of Cornwallis, Treaty of Paris, Evacuation day, the signing of the Constitution, First Presidential Election, etc.

World War I Interactive (Full Version)

World War I Interactive (Full Version)

Touchzing Media

A most comprehensive app on World War 1 made just for the iPad. Brings action from the Great War right on your iPad screen. World War I Interactive covers one of the biggest conflicts in world history in a very innovative interface. The app gives you a complete interactive experience with photos, videos, audios, timelines, articles, etc.

With many interesting tidbits, it’s definitely worth a download, especially if you’re a history nerd like I am. - Brent, AppAdvice.com

Students and history buffs will appreciate its detailed look at a brutal turning point in world history. - Katie Bircher, The Horn Book Reviews


Read about the major battles and events of the First World War in detail. Swipe through the detailed timelines for every month of the war. Watch rare video clips from WW1. See stunning photographs. Learn about the people who led the Allies and the Central Powers. Read below for more details


Benefits:
- Better than reading a book. Spend hours with it.
- Ideal for anyone above age 12: students, adults and history enthusiasts alike.
- Hundreds and hundreds of rare photographs.
- Gives you a complete overview of the First World War.
- Does not overload you with unnecessary information.
- Extremely easy to navigate, use, read and understand.
- Features a complete index making it easy to jump to any section at any time.
- Wonderfully designed with pictures, videos and sounds.


----------------More Details---------------

Topics covered:
The App is divided into 7 periods: Events leading to the war, the 5 years of the war (1914-1918) and the post war world. All the major battles and events (from every theater of the war) are summarized in detail. Topics covered include roots of the war, Balkan wars, assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, Mons, Tannenberg, Galicia, Marne, Race to the Sea, Ypres, Sarikamish, Gallipoli, Zeppelin raids, Sinking of Lusitania, Russian retreat, Kut, Verdun, Asiago, Jutland, Somme, Russian revolution, Entry of the United States, Passchendaele, Lys, Hundred days offensive, German revolution, Treaty of Versailles, etc. and many more.

The important leaders, generals, small events/battles, etc. have all been covered.

Timelines:
7 extensive timelines for the events before and after the war and in detail for every month of the war from 1914 to 1918. The timelines are interactive, you can go to related articles from there itself.


Photographs:
Over 1200 amazing photographs with an exclusive Photo Features section featuring leaders, soldiers, life in war, artillery, naval warfare, air power, posters, memorials, art, etc.

Videos & Audios:
40 rare video clips depicting action from the battlefields and elsewhere. 5 audio clips including music, a speech, etc.

Experience the five years which changed the face of Europe forever.

Vietnam War Interactive (Full Version)

Vietnam War Interactive (Full Version)

Touchzing Media

A very comprehensive app on the Vietnam War just for the iPad. Brings action from the Vietnam War right on your screen. Vietnam War Interactive gives you a complete interactive experience with photos, videos, timelines, articles, etc.

Read about the major battles and events of Vietnam War in detail. Swipe through the detailed interactive timeline from 1858-1976. Watch video clips from the battlefield. See rare photographs.


Benefits:
- Ideal for anyone above age 12: students, adults and history enthusiasts alike.
- Gives you a complete overview of the Vietnam War without overloading you with unnecessary information.
- Very easy to navigate, use, read and understand.
- A complete experience with with pictures, videos and sounds.
- 21 video clips depicting action from the battlefield and elsewhere.
- Over 400+ photographs with an exclusive Photo Features section featuring air power, naval warfare, war protests and the battlefield.

Topics covered:
The App is divided into 6 periods: Events leading to the war, the Diem era (1955-1963), the Johnson years, Escalation of war, Nixon years and America's exit. All the major battles and events are summarized in detail. The important leaders, small events/battles, etc. have been covered.