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The Killer App

May 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm UTC

I’m out of my mind with the thrill of technology: I just discovered (and installed) Eucalyptus, the premiere e-book reader for the iPhone. It’s beautiful to look at (professional fonts on pages that look like paper) and the interface is natural and intuitive. You really feel like you are turning the pages of a book.

But best best best of all is that Eucalytus’s available library is everything on Project Gutenberg, the online catalog of books that are public domain and available for free download. That means that for just $9.95 (the cost of the program) you can load your iPhone just about every great work of English literature written before 1920. UNBELIEVEABLE. In less than two minutes I downloaded Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, and the complete works of William Shakespeare. All on my iPhone!

What an incredible time to be alive…

EDIT: Just added Thoreau (Walden) and Goethe (Complete Poems, beautifully translated). I am freaking!


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