Since Edgar Allan Poe’s works reside in the public domain, the late author’s oeuvre is ripe material for iOS developers. But a Spanish developer Play Creatividad‘s offering iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection is of such high quality that it underscores the strength of Poe’s material, while highlighting the strengths of reading a digital, interactive story. While the developers may not have had to pay Poe’s estate to license the material, they created an app whose richness adds to Poe’s legacy, and will hopefully add to his fan base.
While it was Shakespeare, not Poe, who quipped “brevity is the soul of wit,” iPoe is brief by anyones estimation. Rather than attempting to be exhaustive, the app’s inclusion of three stories — “The Oval Portrait,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Masque of the Red Death” — gives readers a perfect introduction (or re-introduction) to Poe’s work. While many readers may be unwilling to tackle a novel written two century’s ago, most readers will find these three stories ask little of the reader and give much in return.
Certainly, iPoe benefits from the strength of Poe’s stories. While his language may confound some readers, most will find these three short stories gripping, and worthy of reading and re-reading.
When the reader opens iPoe, the main menu allows him to choose which story he would like to read. Alternatively, a reader can peruse the extras, and enjoy viewing the sketches that comprise many of the story’s interactive elements, or read the details of Poe’s short, tragic life in the app’s biography.
Users can also rate the app, visit the app’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, or email playcreatividad their words of praise by tapping the appropriate icons on the app’s menu screen.
Download iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection from the App Store for $3.99.
What I liked: Everything. The app’s artwork, sound effects, and judicious use of interactivity all compliment Poe’s short stories.
What I didn’t like: Nothing. I’m hopeful Play Creatividad will consider a sequel featuring Poe’s collected verse. New iPad owners should note that iPoe has yet to update to Retina display hi-res graphics, but the change is forthcoming.
To buy or not to buy: With its low price tag and top-notch UI, iPoe is a must own title for all iPad owners whether they are avid book app readers or simply curious to see what a stellar adaptation of classic literature looks like.
- App Name: iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection
- Version Reviewed: 1.2
- Category: Books
- Developer: Play Creatividad
- Price: $3.99