Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

This Week’s Reading, 06.05.12

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

This week: Ion Barladeanu, Rabelais’ cyclops, book carvings and more.

Drawings from François Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel

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Independent Publishers: Who Needs Them?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

On reading John Naughton‘s article ‘Publishers take note: the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book’‘ in the Observer last month, it occurred to me some interesting questions were being raised.

“There will always be “books”. The question now is: will there always be publishers?” was one that particularly stood out, as you can imagine. I suppose to fully answer this question we need to first fully analyse what it is exactly publishers (like ourselves) do. (more…)

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Choose Your Own iPhone Adventure

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

News that the Choose Your Own Adventure Series (the ‘80s book phenomenon that allowed children to jump to whichever end they liked the look of) has been launched as an iTunes application came as somewhat of a non-shock.

First published by Bantam Books from 1979-98, the new editions are currently being re-published by Magnetism Studios and ChooseCo for the new iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad wielding crowd. (more…)

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iPads and Charity Shops

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I am stood in the white, angular confines of Manchester’s Apple store, an iPad in my hands for the very first time. I’ve spent twenty minutes with Apple’s latest creation and have found it, in many ways, to be electrifying. Already I have used it to surf the web, watch a video, and now I am playing a game in which I steer a rally car through forests by simply tilting the device. I am absorbed, child-like in my wonder.

Alas, my first experience with the iPad as an e-reader would later leave me unexcited and cold. Reflections bounce from the rich, glossy screen, and the page-turning animation becomes old quickly. My arms soon begin to ache from holding it. I’m thinking too much about leaving fingerprints on that pristine surface. (more…)

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