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Reading Shakespeare on the iPad

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September 11, 2011


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Reading Shakespeare on the iPad

Shakespeare -Free 

Shakespeare Pro

English Majors and Shakespeare lovers must have this app on their iPad. Shakespeare for the iPad comes in both a free and a paid version. Both versions offer you the complete works of Shakespeare with all 41 plays, 154 sonnets, and 6 poems. Shakespeare for iPad even includes the work historians aren’t 100% sure are Shakespeare’s!   The paid versions called “Shakespeare Pro” cost $9.99 and come with a few extra premium features. When you consider the cost and weight of carrying around the entire collection of the famous bard, Shakespeare for iPad is an absolute bargain.

Shakespeare Free iPad App

The free app for Shakespeare contains the entire published works of the world’s most famous playwright. In addition to the full collection, Shakespeare for iPad includes a short introduction for each scene giving an overview of the scene with locations and character presentations.

Within the Shakespeare app you have the ability to change the font and text size, as well as the background and text colors. Navigation is made simple as you can jump from one scene to the next while a built in search function lets you find key words and phrases.

Shakespeare Pro iPad App

The Pro version of the Shakespeare iPad app contains all the features of the free version with better enhancements.  Shakespeare Pro is recommended for actors, students, and especially for who do not have a working understanding of Old English.  The reasons we strongly urge students to purchase the pro app is that it includes an integrated glossary that gives you the definitions in context. With the integrated glossary, all you have to do is tap on an entry and the contextual definition appears. What’s unique about this glossary is that it’s not just anything pulled off the web. The definitions are based on David & Ben Crystal’s Shakespeare’s Words, which is a popular reference suggested by many colleges for student’s studying Shakespeare.  Actor’s will love the Auto-Scroll feature as you can control how fast the app scrolls through the lines by tilting your iPad, as well as use Shakespeare for iPad as a teleprompter for practicing lines.

Other features found in the pro version for Shakespeare include bookmarks for your favorite Shakespeare parts, as well as the ability to jump from one line number to another.  The Paid app also provides a reservoir of memorable Shakespeare quotes as well as a collection of famous Shakespeare Portraits. You’ll be able to read about the famous bard’s life, and see a complete chronology about his works.

For Mom’s and Dad’s out there who want to introduce their children to great literature, the paid app also includes 20 “Tales from Shakespeare.” This is a collection of shortened versions of the more popular Shakespeare plays designed for children.

Shakespeare Passport

Both versions of this app allows you access to the Shakespeare Passport, which is website that can get you access to Shakespeare related events and exhibits all over the world. Discounts are available through participating events and vendors. Please visit for more information.

Partial List of Works included in this app:

All’s Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

The Comedy of Errors



Double Falsehood

Edward III


Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2)

Henry V

Henry VI (Parts 1-3)

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Love’s Labours Lost


Measure for Measure

Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Much Ado About Nothing



King Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Sir Thomas More

Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale


Venus & Adonis

Rape of Lucrece

A Lover’s Complaint

Passionate Pilgrim

Phoenix & Turtle

To the Queen


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