This groundbreaking app from bestselling author David Eagleman is a new way to experience narrative non-fiction, only available on the iPad.
The advent of the internet has been one of the most significant technological developments in history. In this app, David Eagleman (author of international bestseller SUM) presents six ways in which the net saves us from major existential threats: epidemics, poor information flow, natural disasters, political corruption, resource depletion and economic meltdown.
The app allows the user to access each chapter at random using a unique navigational interface. Once in a chapter you can pull out to see where you are in the course of the argument, and see how far you have progressed through the content.
Each chapter contains tailor-made chunks of text with dozens of images, videos, webpages and interactive 3D models. These can be enjoyed alongside the text, or on their own once the text is swiped away in landscape mode.
Fully readable and adaptable to portrait or landscape, the app uses all the functionality familiar from iBooks such as page swiping and a bottom navigational bar, but re-configures it into a new experience that brings the content alive.
David Eagleman has spent years researching this topic and plans to release regular updates so that the information is current, and the content evolves.
Published by Canongate Books Ltd and developed by PopLeaf, WHY THE NET MATTERS is available worldwide to iPad users. You can read a summary of its argument in the December issue of WIRED in the WIRED UK app.
About the author:
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and an author. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and the future of the internet. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.
Eagleman has written several popular neuroscience books, including WEDNESDAY IS INDIGO BLUE, the upcoming INCOGNITO (coming Spring 2011) and LIVE-WIRED. He has also written the internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, SUM, which has been translated into 22 languages and was named a Best Book of 2009 by Barnes and Noble, NEW SCIENTIST, and the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. It led Stephen Fry to exclaim on Twitter: ‘You will not read a more dazzling book this year.’
Eagleman has written for the NEW YORK TIMES, DISCOVER magazine, SLATE, WIRED, and NEW SCIENTIST, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC Radio to discuss both science and literature.
Also available: enhanced ibook of SUM on the ibookstore; Enhanced Edition of SUM on the app store; audiobook of SUM on iTunes.