As I put together this review, I am trying to figure out if is a book review or an app review. I think it is a little of both. Nonetheless it is intriguing.
If I had to describe the app in one word, it would be impressive. I had not heard of the author Rich Shapero before seeing this app. If you are like me, then you can head over to his website (see below) to learn a little more about him. For the purpose of this app, I am not going to go into the story line; I am going to focus on the app and my experience with it. This app was tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; you are going to need a tablet to enjoy this book/app.
I enjoy reading a good book and I must say I really enjoyed using this app to read the book The Hope We Seek. This app is very unique in that is combines three different elements to form a great experience. In the app, you can read the story, hear the music, and view the art. The app is broken up into layers, which you need to peel away to find. When you first turn on the app you will see the cover art but also visible is a seam and it is through this seam that you can discover the other layers.
First off is the story. Here you simply swipe left and right to read and turn the pages.
Second is the Songs from the Big Wheel. You can read the lyrics and listen to the songs.
Third is the art or illustrations.
If you want to go back at any time, simple pinch the seam.
For those that want a more traditional approach, simply touch the screen and a cool menu will appear. In this menu, you can see how the story, music, and art line up together. For example, the song Bring Me More is connected to the first three chapters. Thorugh this menu you can easily go to any chapter, song, or piece of art. You can read background information about the book, author, music, and art.
Finally in the top right hand corner, there is a secondary menu. In this menu you can still pick the story, music or art you want to view but you can adjust the volume, brightness, and most importantly the font size of the book!
At the beginning of this review, I used the term impressive and rightly so. This app does a great job of combing three different media to give the reader a rich and unique experience. Enough of my words though. Head over to Google Play and download this free app and see for yourself. Could this be the future of books on tablets?