Posts tagged “app

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:



Posted on August 15, 2012

In lieu of posting anything of literary merit, I’ve made an instructional video.  Have you ever found yourself hauling around various and sundry pieces of paper?  You’ve tried organizing them in folders, but over the course of their rainbow-hued lives, your folders have become ripped, dingy, and pitifully spineless.  How do you cope?  Or perhaps you’re a teacher and you’ve found the perfect short story or poem in a book but don’t have access to scanner/copier/printer.  How do you get copies of that perfect poem or super story to your students?


There is a fairly simple (if a bit expensive) solution to both these problematic scenarios.  If you’ve got access to a smartphone or tablet with a decent camera, you can take a picture of any document and convert it to a PDF.  OR (and this really is a big OR) you can take that same document and convert it to a piece of editable text.  The world is your Word Document!


View on to get an idea of how to do both things.  You’ll pardon the orchestral background music in the video.  Garageband (another outstanding app) was recently updated with strings and I had a little too much fun playing around with it.  🙂


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).