I’ve chosen this Faber &Touch Press publication as the ‘eBook of the Month’ for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a wonderful app for anyone who enjoys reading poetry, providing a rich experience of T.S. Eliot’s most famous poem, The Waste Land. Secondly, it’s one of iTunes best-selling apps, and to find that poetry is still being widely read in a tweet-driven world is as rewarding as it is surprising.
Eliot’s Waste Land is complex and challenging to read, and this is what makes it ideal ‘content’ for the learning tools embedded in tablet devices. Touch Press has matched the text of the poem with a performance reading by British actor Fiona Shaw, synchronized with the lines of the work. There are detailed explanations of the allusions in The Waste Land, valuable secondary material and a recording of a reading of the poem by Eliot himself. You can’t get much closer to the source than this!
The Waste Land is one of the more expensive apps available, costing about $15 (most apps cost as much as a cappuccino). It’s worth every cent, and more, to have access to such a rich experience of one of the great works of modern literature.