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Sourcebooks Brings Shakespeare to iPad: A Post in Iambic Pentameter

Stuff that doth bring English majors delight,
Chains other students to their desks late night:
The works of Shakespeare, that prolific bard
Whose plays and sonnets make high school so hard.
Despair no more, there is an app for that!
An iBook with which students interact.
Shakesperience is the name they call it;
Each play draws 10 dollars from the wallet.

The dramas of Othello and Hamlet,
Play out with Romeo and Juliet,
On that device which many people say
Bewitches, with her Retina display:
The iPad, that fine design from Apple.
Never will another reader grapple
With the feeling they’ve been left in the lurch,
By phrases that require a Google search.

Shakesperience translates words that confuse
Into modern language one would use.
Famous faces Dench and Olivier
Appear on stage in videos of plays.
Swiping and tapping reveal even more!
These digital tomes are in the iBook store.
With apps like this, one can only assume
Bill himself would choose iPad over plume.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work