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Infinite Jest for Apple Devices

Those of you with an iPhone (or any of the other compatible Apple devices) might be interested in this e-book version of Infinite Jest. I have to admit USD $17.99 seems a little on the expensive side (particularly so after having read Chris Anderson's The Long Tail and Free).
Somewhat entertaining is the content advisory over at the itunes preview page for the e-book - Rated 12+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence.
From the press release:
(NEW YORK, NY—April 1, 2010)  Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will release a first-of-its-kind, enriched e-book for David Foster Wallace’s epic novel INFINITE JEST. INFINITE JEST was originally published in 1996 by Little, Brown and became an essential novel that not only changed the landscape of contemporary fiction, but directly influenced many of the most interesting and popular writers working today. 
In addition to Wallace’s stunning writing and mind-altering plotlines, INFINITE JEST is also known for Wallace’s robust use of endnotes. The novel’s main story is accompanied by nearly one hundred pages of notes in a tiny font.  This new stand-alone app will make reading the novel a more fluid experience. Readers can utilize the enriched note capability—just tap the note number when it appears and the note will open in a new window. Tap again to close. Other features to enhance the reader’s experience are the ability to search through the text, endnotes included, and to create one’s own notes and bookmarks.  Please see the app here.
Little, Brown and Hachette Digital collaborated on this project to deliver an exciting new reading experience. Maja Thomas, senior vice president of Hachette Digital, says: “This is the beauty of bookmaking in the digital age.  Not only will readers of the ebook be spared lugging two and a half pounds of paper with them everywhere they go, they will also be able to toggle seamlessly between Wallace’s main narrative and his amazing notes without flipping back and forth between bookmarks and searching for their place on the page.  We hope this app brings new readers to INFINITE JEST and leaves the reader free to focus on the rewards of David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece.”  
Last Updated on Friday, 02 April 2010 04:17  


#1 rbrown46 2010-04-07 04:03
There doesn't seem to be any indication of a built in dictionary... which kind of makes or breaks it for me. The iBooks app has a dictionary, so I'd prefer to read it there, provided of course that Hachette does a deal with Apple and that iBooks doesn't botch footnotes. Yet another possibility is if the Kindle iPad app (which currently has IJ) adds a dictionary.

Just from the screen shots of this app on the iTMS I can tell this doesn't touch the quality of the iBooks app. Adding an integrated copy of the OED (even the concise edition) would take things to the next level...
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