App Review: Al Gore’s Our Choice
Although I love reading on iBooks and do not regret buying an iPad 2, I always wanted more from my e-books. With a tablet like an iPad, I believed that there are infinite potential for media like e-book to grow. Now, Al Gore’s Our Choice is an app. With many interactive features and embedded media, Our Choice certainly took its first step in the right direction.
In Our Choice, the book, Al Gore discusses different types of pollution and the causes and effects of each of them. He then presents us with possible solutions for our sustainability. The app is no different. The original text is fully included in the app. However, the app also contains interactive features such as videos, graphs, etc. You can drag on a graph to see explanations, or blow on the built-in microphone to make the windmills spin.
Our Choice not only alerted the population of our environmental problems, but also inspired people about 21st century media. Our Choice is the exemplary app for future e-book publishers. Just being able to read does not give huge benefits for reading on a digital screen. To keep readers engaged, e-books must embed a multitude of features that takes advantage of gadgets. It's good to see that someone decided to publish this and be a pioneer.
You can find more about Our Choice at Push Pop Press.