I do a ton of reading on the iPad these days, and though I use a number of different eBook readers, iBooks has gradually become my favorite – mostly because of its lovely vertical scrolling feature.
Because I am spending more and more time in the iBookstore I have started occasionally sharing a notable new iBook that’s caught my attention. Today’s entry in that area is Hamlet: The Shakesperience. I can’t say I’ve ever been a keen student of Shakespeare, but a few of his works did draw me in – and Hamlet is certainly one of those. So this book (and its clever title) caught my eye. I installed it last night and have spent a little time with it – and it looks like a fantastic title for students and teachers.
Here are some of its notable features highlighted on its iBookstore page:
– Remarkable photos and illustrations that help to provide an interactive Shakespeare experience
– Performance Audio: audio of some of the great performances of Hamlet embedded within the scenes. These include Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, and Sir Derek Jacobi – who also provides introduction audio clips for each of the acts of the play.
– Glossary with embedded explanations for more than 1,300 terms – translated into contemporary English
– Developed with leading Shakespearian scholars and ideal for students.
– A full cast of actors explains how they approached their roles
– Hamlet as performed – the view from the director’s chair of Kenneth Branagh
I’m not sure I’ll end up reading all of this book, but I am seriously tempted to introduce my daughter to Shakespeare soon (she’s about to turn 10) and I feel sure this will be provide a great resource for all the many questions she’ll stump me with.
Here’s an iBookstore link for Hamlet: The Shakesperience; it’s priced at $5.99.