The Library been in talks with nkoda, a new publisher backed e-reader app for sheet music, and they’ve invited staff and students at Glasgow to take part in a beta test. At the minute it’s available for iPad via the App Store (NB: this requires you to sign up for a subscription which will start after a month – you can cancel before it starts if you don’t want to take out a subscription). However, you can also test for free if you have an Android tablet or iMac/Macbook. To sign up for the beta test:
* Go to www.nkoda.com and sign up to the beta via the website (at the bottom of the page)
* You will be directed to a confirmation page and sent a confirmation email.
* You’ll receive an email from something called “app centre” which has a link in it. Once you click on that link you need to create an app centre account and then log into the app centre with that account and then there will be a link to download the beta version of nkoda.
* Once you’ve installed nkoda you can create your own profile on nkoda (with no subscription required as it’s done through app centre system).
A beta version will also be available for Windows 10 shortly.
If you have any questions or feedback please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from the publishers
“nkoda is the only publisher-supported app for sheet music. Our library is the largest subscription library of scores and parts ever assembled. We have under license the complete catalogues of our growing list of publisher partners, including: Bärenreiter, Boosey & Hawkes, Faber, Music Sales Classical, Breitkopf & Härtel and the Universal Music Group’s editions.
It’s ‘just like paper’; state of the art tools allow you to annotate, save your markings and share one-to-one, in a group, or more widely.”
For a quick introduction to nkoda, take a look at a short video overview of the app: https://youtu.be/B68DuCT5G8w.