The iPad app for T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is $13.95, which is a bit pricey as apps go, but what a bargain for poetry lovers!
I downloaded it yesterday and started to play with it. The app really represents the future of the book. I’m very, very impressed. I can imagine, fifty years from now, that what it means to own a book will be something like what it means to own this app: various voices to read the text to you, video performances, and an apparatus of academic criticism accompanying the text.
Below is a YouTube demonstrating the new app’s features. I’m totally sold. Enterprising English professors with technology skills should take note. Though perhaps not with the same production values, you too could make apps with features like this one for out-of-copyright texts that you love and know well.