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Not Recommended: BiblioBoard for iPad – Promises a Lot, Delivers Very Little

BiblioBoard iPad app

BiblioBoard is a new iPad app released this month that promises an awful lot and, for my money, delivers very little. The iPad App Store page for the app touts it as ‘human history at your fingertips’ and goes on to introduce it like so:

BiblioBoard is a free App that gives you access to historical Anthologies that explore places, events, people and themes from across the centuries. Within BiblioBoard, there are a variety of Anthologies available for purchase. Each Anthology is a curated multimedia experience about a topic that generally includes 75+ pieces of unique historical content such as books, images, articles and historical documents, accompanied by expert commentary.
For the price of a single paperback, you get an entire curated universe of historical artifacts.

I’ve spent a good amount of time with the app over the last couple of days and I don’t think it lives up to its App Store description. In fact, I think it falls well short of doing so. I also think the In-App purchase options, which are the core content of this app, are hugely overpriced.

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Quick Look – Austin Pop Photography App for iPad

Austin Pop Photography for iPad

Austin, TX is known for it’s unique style and identity; a small town attitude with a big town style. This wonderful collection of photographs shows what makes Austin unique and desirable to live in.

That’s the opening slice of the App Store description for the Austin Pop Photography app for the iPad. I’ve been living in Austin for just about 10 years now. I’ve lived a fair few places around the world and I agree that Austin has a unique and appealing style to it. It’s a great town, the best I’ve ever lived in – so an app that claims to show off Austin’s true flavor is one that is instantly interesting to me.

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A Singing Whale – Novel Released (first) on iPad

A Singing Whale novel for iPad

Highly regarded Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami isn’t releasing his next novel on hardcover or paperback. He’s releasing it exclusively on iPad, and including all the multimedia goodies that the platform allows.

Murakami’s novel, A Singing Whale, will feature video elements as well as orchestration by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto—an Academy Award winner for his work on The Last Emperor.

That’s a slice from a Gizmodo piece last week touting the upcoming arrival of this novel. A Singing Whale is now in the App Store, and is said to feature ‘beautiful illustrations, solemn music, and spectacular story …’.

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iBooks App Updated Again – Adds Audio and Video Support

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Apple’s iBooks app for the iPad (and iPhone and iPod Touch) has been updated, to Version 1.1.1.  The list of changes in the new version is as follows:

  • Double-tap an image within a book to view it in greater detail.
  • Experience books that include audio and video.
  • Enjoy substantial performance improvements when reading PDFs.
  • Look-up definitions to English words inside books without a specified language.
  • Addresses an issue that may have caused some book downloads to not complete.
  • Includes many stability and performance improvements.

I honestly haven’t been using the app enough of late to really notice these enhancements (have been reading mostly standalone titles).  If you’re a big iBooks user, let us know in the comments what you think of this latest update.

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Kindle iPad App Announced

Kindle iPad app

Amazon has unveiled its Kindle app for the iPad (and other tablet computers).  In the shots I’ve seen so far it looks pretty much as you’d expect if you’ve ever used the Kindle app for the iPhone.  The company’s description for the app talks of its beautiful user interface that includes:

  • Tailored to the size, look, and feel of your tablet computer
  • Customize background color and font size to ease eye strain
  • Adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier
  • Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. Or choose Basic Reading
  • Mode for a simpler and unadorned reading experience

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