The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0431  Friday, 26 October 2012


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, October 26, 2012

Subject:    Cambridge University Press iPad Apps


On Tuesday, Cambridge University Press will be launching its Shakespeare’s Historic Plays on the iPad at an invitation-only event at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (RADA). 


Details have not been released to my knowledge, but I assume the History Plays will join the recently released, October 11th, 2012, iPad apps Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare that are currently available in the Apple Apps Store (£9.99 in the UK and $13.99 in the US).


The invitation I received last week reads as follows:


“The official launch of our new Shakespeare app at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) is now just one week away. Experts will be on hand to run through the exciting features of the app, and you will even have the unique opportunity to try out your favourite characters in an acting lesson from the trained professionals at RADA! Not to mention there will be plenty of drinks and nibbles.”


Of the Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet apps already released, CUP boasts, “Students getting to grips with two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays have a new option to boost their knowledge: Cambridge University Press’ Explore Shakespeare apps.”


The Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare “include the text, photos of professional performances, glossary definitions, notes and plot summaries, as well as audio performances including actors like Fiona Shaw, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsdale.” / “The apps also use word clouds, a themeline and character circles to dig deeper into the plays, as well as an option to separate sections of the play by character – ‘perfect for learning your lines, or for studying a particular character’s story’.” / “Cambridge University Press teamed up with developer Agant to make the apps.”


I have been exploring Shakespeare The Tempest from Luminary Digital Media and the Sonnets by William Shakespeare app from Arden, Faber and Faber, and Touch Press. Both are excellent. However, because I am working on the Poems and because I have a co-edited electronic edition of the Shake-speares Sonnets (1609) <http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/ret/shakespeare/1609inti.html> that was used as “Live Text” in the Octavo release, I have spent more time with the Sonnets app; it has far exceed my expectations: Cf. http://shaksper.net/current-postings/318-july/28685-new-dvd-shakespeares-sonnets? .


I welcome reactions, reviews, and so on about this increasingly numerous group of iPad apps.


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