‘On The Road’, agora em versão iPad

A «edição amplificada» para iPad do romance On The Road, de Jack Kerouac (Penguin), foi lançada no passado sábado. Já comprei a aplicação, já explorei as novidades, já embasbaquei. E concordo com o que se diz aqui, particularmente esta passagem:

«The decision to bring out “On the Road” as an app has a lot to do with this iconic status, explains Stephen Morrison, editor in chief of Penguin Books, reached this week by phone at his Manhattan office. “We were looking for a book with enough resonance,” Morrison says, “as well as enough supplemental material from which we could learn how to curate a literary app.”
The key word there is “learn,” which is what all of us, publishers and writers and readers, must do now as the publishing industry increasingly comes to terms with the digital age. We need to learn how to use the digital space as a vessel, as a container, how to produce and interact with apps and electronic texts that feel like books, yet also reflect the possibilities of technology.»

De facto, ainda estamos todos a aprender. Isto ainda está tudo no princípio. Mas uma coisa é certa: as possibilidades que se abrem são simplesmente extraordinárias.



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