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World War One At Home

A collection of stories about the home front of World War One is brought back to life in this free, interactive BBC ebook. The experiences of people and communities across the UK and Ireland are depicted using digital technology, archival film and recordings, photographs and documents from Imperial War Museums and a host of other museums, archives and individuals.

It was sparked by the BBC’s “World War One at Home” campaign which ran in partnership with IWM across all 39 of the BBC’s local radio stations last year and includes features gathered by local BBC journalists who worked closely with IWM and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

iPAD download
UK only, iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later and Mac supporting OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

KINDLE download
UK only, Kindle Fire HD tablets and up

ANDROID download
UK only, tablets with Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up


What is an interactive ebook?

An ebook is an interactive multimedia digital book designed to be viewed on tablets – including Android, Apple iPad and Kindle Fire HD. It can also be viewed on Mac computers with OS X Mavericks.

How can I download it?

If you are an Apple user, the free interactive ebook is available in the iBooks store. You can download it from your iPad or via the iTunes desktop application (version 12.3 or later is required) with your iTunes account login information.

If you are a Kindle Fire HD user, the free interactive app is available from Amazon. You can download it from your Kindle with your Amazon account (Kindle Fire HD tablets and up).

If you are an Android tablet user, you can download the free interactive app from the Google Play store.

A non-interactive PDF version is available.

Where is it available?

World War One at Home is available within the UK.

How can I view the interactive ebook?

iPad users: You must have iBooks 4.0 or later and iOS 8 or later. If syncing via iTunes desktop application version 12.3 or later is required.

Kindle Fire HD users: You must have a Kindle Fire HD or up, running Android 4.0 and up.

Android tablet users: You must have Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up.

A non-interactive PDF version is also available - download that here.

How big is the World War One at Home ebook?

Google: 259 MB
Amazon: 259 MB
Apple: 362 MB
PDF: 38 MB

Why is this interactive ebook only available for Android, Kindle and Apple tablets?

The interactive ebook content is intended for tablets and not suitable for smaller screens (phones) at this time. If you would like to view the ebook on a device that is not supported, such as a PC, a non-interactive PDF version is available.

Who do I contact if I have further questions about BBC ebooks?

Please email