New in the iBookStore today is George Harrison Living in the Material World, which Apple describes as a Multi-Touch book. I’m not the world’s biggest Beatles fan, but I like Harrison quite a bit, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps is one of my favorite songs ever. I’m also very interested in titles like this one that bring multi-touch and multimedia elements into iBooks – so I purchased this one this morning.
And I’m very happy I did. I’ll try to do a proper review when I’ve had a chance to read the whole book – for now I’ll just say that my first impressions are very good. I enjoy good biographies and though this book doesn’t set out to be a full biography of Harrison, it looks like it offers a fantastic look into his life.
Some of the highlights I enjoyed while spending some time with the book this morning include:
Some superb old photos of Harrison and of the Beatles …
Audio clips of Harrison and the Beatles talking, including an appearance on the David Frost show, Eric Clapton talking about his admiration for Harrison, and a snippet from a very early Beatles live performance:
Replications of photos and memorabilia from Harrison’s personal archive – including his original passport and the passport in later years, and handwritten letters to his sister and parents.
Photos of Harrison and taken by Harrison …
I’m really looking forward to spending more time with this book.
Here’s a little detail on other George Harrison content released today:
… the acclaimed Martin Scorsese documentary, and Early Takes, Vol. 1 — a new collection of previously unreleased demos.
We’ve also gathered Harrison’s solo catalog and work with The Traveling Wilburys, with prices starting at $7.99. Plus, dig into Harrison’s collection of historic guitars with the The Guitar Collection app.
You can find the George Harrison Living in the Material World book in the iBookStore now, priced at $14.99.