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Shakespeare Pro for iPhone&iPad

Shakespeare entered the world of  iPods, iPhones, iPads, and all Android devices early on. App designers found that using the complete works was cheap and easy as the texts were already available in the public domain.

Just take a look at the iTunes store and you’ll see a variety of Apps, from Shakespeare Pro to Shakespeare in Bits.  Unfortunately, you’ll also find a “free”  No Fear Shakespeare app, which according to the angry comments I read, only gives one access to purchase individual plays in “modern” translations.

Android users also have access to lots of Shakespeare apps such as the free Shakespeare (Beta) and one on the Sonnets which includes audio versions as well as text.

We at the Folger are looking into creating a Folger app, and we need your advice. Here are a few questions we’d like to ask you. Please post your responses in the Comments sections.

  1. Should the app be designed for students, teachers, or the general public?
  2. What would you want to see in a Folger app?
  3. How do you use the Shakespeare apps that are already available?
  4. What’s the best and worst of those apps?
  5. What features of non-Shakespeare apps do you find most useful?
  6. Take a look at http://www.folger.edu and tell us what parts of our site you’d want in an app.
So please post answers to these questions in the comments section.
When I begin a workshop on Teaching Shakespeare with Technology, I often challenge the crowd to take out their phones or tablets and  tell me the opening line of Coriolanus.  The record is 7 seconds.
If you want to contact me directly, you can at MLoMonico@Folger.edu.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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