‘Shall I compare thee…?’

27th June 2012

Oh yes, it’s completely thrilling to say that The Sonnets by William Shakespeare for the iPad was launched today. A collaboration with Touch Press, Faber and The Arden Shakespeare, it features a wealth of content, including performances on video of all 154 of the poems. You can download it for £9.99 from the iTunes store, and it is already attracting fantastic reviews. As the app of the day at msn’s tech & gadgets it is described as ‘a marvellous piece of work… worth every penny’. For The Telegraph, Shane Richmond awards it 5 stars and describes it as ‘a wonderful app that will provide hours of enjoyment’. Boyd Tonkin wrote in The Independent that the app is ‘a digital delight … even the mighty rhymster might have gasped in awe at the latest medium to carry his verse.’ And at the weekend, Robert Collins in the Sunday Times called it, ‘a masterly app… It’s all so intuitively easy to use and so superbly thorough that you start to feel that this is precisely what a book should be. As accessible as it is scholarly, it’s an extraordinary achievement, that brings the sonnets bracingly to life and definitively sets the bar for the future of digital reading.’ (There is so much I want to write about this – so, more later…)


  1. Anna says:

    I’ve only had time to dip into it today, but it’s gorgeous. Expert readings from a varied selection of (predominantly) actors (I would have thrown a few more of my favourites into the mix, but I’m not disappointed), plus notes and commentaries and space for your own jottings. I’m actually looking forward to going to work on Monday so that I can delve more deeply into it on the train.

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