The Digital Shakespeare - SwipeSpeare @arguhlin

As someone who once was an English major--you know, one of those degrees that leaves you unemployed at graduation--I had a penchant for collecting two essential tomes--the Bible and Shakespeare's Collected Work. I finally talked my wife into buying me all of Shakespeare's works in printed format, the small print of the little black books his work came printed on gilded pages.

Of course, the next year, I discovered the complete works online, making those books a bit of a waste. However, they still sit on my shelf, albeit, unused and practically new. Digital is the way to go, and just like you can find the Bible in ebook format, folks are working hard to make Shakespeare the same way!

I recently received this email and press release about a new free app (with in-app purchasing available) called SwipeSpeare from Scott LaCounte:
I am trying to spread word with educators about a new iOS app that I believe is valuable to both teachers and students. It's called SwipeSpeare and, in a nutshell, it puts Shakespeare into Modern English with a swipe. If you are interested in learning more, I have pasted our Press Release below.
Here's the press release:

SwipeSpeare, A New Interactive Shakespeare App

The SwipeSpeare ™  app has just arrived for Apple tablets and iPhones, and will give readers of Shakespeare an intuitive interface that lets them swap Old English passages for modern English versions of the text, and vice versa.

“Students and teachers of Shakespeare suffer the slings and arrows of Old English on a daily basis,” said Scott LaCounte, the co-owner of Golgotha Press, “but it doesn't have to be that way. We've updated the language and built an interface that makes switching between old and modern English a breeze.”

“It’s the app we would have wanted in high school and college,” he added.

The application will be free and comes preloaded with a swipeable copy of Romeo and Juliet. A Shakespeare biography and a dictionary of some of the more difficult Shakespearean words are also included.

SwipeSpeare ™  makes reading Shakespeare simple and easy. Readers will select a Shakespeare play and then choose whether they want to see the text in old or modern English. Once the play loads,  readers can swipe a passage to view a modern English version of it (or an Old English version, if the reader chose the modern English option at the start.) The second text is viewable only when the reader swipes the text, and another quick swipe can quickly remove it.

While book series such as Sparknotes' “No Fear Shakespeare” have tried to bring a new generation of readers to Shakespeare's work, they do so by placing the modern English next to the Old English in a clunky fashion. SwipeSpeare ™  will allow tablet and Smart phone owners to easily swipe a section of content, rather than switch back and forth between paragraphs, potentially losing their places, and their patience.

Kevin LaCounte, the brother of Scott LaCounte and co-owner of Golgotha Press, was convinced that a new way of doing things was necessary. “Other modern Shakespeare apps and books put the modern text in a separate column,” he said. “It’s distracting. Using a swiping motion to see what the text says in modern English seemed like a more natural fit.”

Other app features that will be available for purchase are comprehensive study guides for students and step-by-step lesson plans for teachers. Eight Shakespeare plays will also be available at launch.

“We work closely with teachers, parents, and students. We listen carefully to what they like and don’t like,” said Kevin. “Our goal is to give them a resourceful tool that's not only useful, but also cheap.”

Golgotha Press is working to have the app for Windows and Android out in December and January, respectively. By early 2013, the company will have every Shakespeare play ready to read in modern English. Additional plays are purchasable from within the app for $1.99.

The app can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swipespeare/id582673708?ls=1&mt=8





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