As a long time Flipboard user, I was keen to try out Apple’s new reader app for news feeds that came bundled with their most recent software update for iPhone and iPad. And at first News didn’t disappoint: I was able to subscribe to many of my favourite news outlets, the interface worked pretty well and the content was presented beautifully. Only after some time with the app did it become clear that this will need some work before it could hope to replace Flipboard. Apart from being slow to check for new stories, it frequently ignored new posts until they were hours old, which kind of misses the point of a news reader.
Inkubus is an interactive story game by Christine Wilks and Andy Campbell where you as the player/reader take the role of a tech-savvy teenage girl exchanging on-screen messages. An interesting coming of age story with a few unsettling moments, the app can be downloaded for Mac and PC or played in a web browser.
Digital media has had a profound impact on how we use reference guides and similar content. Map of Life is an amazing resource for amateur biologists to identify the diversity of plant and animal species in their area. The app distils an enormous field guide’s worth of information down to the entries specific to any selected location on Earth.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been writing a column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.