Saturday, January 19, 2013

Faber Voices

The distinguished publishing house Faber and Faber has recently launched an attractive range of poetry e-books for Apple's iBooks, which are also handy for teachers who can project their iOS device onto a screen, with audio. The series is called Faber Voices, and they are modestly priced at €2.99. The poets in the first batch are Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, Wendy Cope and Ted Hughes.

What is particularly attractive here is the pure look of the poems on the 'page', with the poet's own voice reading the lines (the 'live' one is subtly highlighted), and a 'fixed-format'. See the screenshot above.

This is also surely the future of many e-books, with the author him/herself reading the lines, and thus the text available in three ways - as text, as text/audio and as an audiobook if the reader/listener prefers.

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