Posts from the “App Review” Category

Poems by Heart (App Review)

Posted on May 23, 2013

Teaming up with app developer Inkle, Penguin Classics recently released an app called Poems by Heart.  It’s meant to help you memorize famous poems so you can recite them around friends, coworkers, and strangers either to impress, confuse, delight, or alienate them.  Check out my brief, hands-on video review of the app below:

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Frankenstein . . . The App?

Posted on July 13, 2012

Another app review!  I apologize if  you’re reading this blog for the parts where I talk about reading.  Perhaps I should rename my blog “Cursorily Glancing at Books but Majorly Focusing on Apps!”  Not quite as catchy.

 

This app is, however, about a book–at least ostensibly.  If you’ve ever read, taught, or been taught the novel Frankenstein, you know it feels a bit cobbled together.  Parts of it seem to crackle along at an exciting pace while other portions seem downright dull.  During the duller moments, it might not be a bad idea to crack this app open (if you can “crack open” an app).  View on to get an idea of what the New York Public Library’s Frankenstein app has to offer:

 

*Sorry for the “dramatic reading” portion of the review. Because of technical difficulties, it’s more of a “dramatic pause.”

 

Wordflex App Review

Posted on July 8, 2012

This is an app. This is not a book. It is, however, an app that I am certain any technologically competent book lover/writer will enjoy. View on to get an idea of how Wordflex looks and operates. Pardon my less than stellar narration. In an ideal world, we’d all have Morgan Freeman voices (that man could do a voiceover for a documentary about stamp collecting and I’d still be enthralled by his every word).