A few tweaks were made to my iPhone app, Melbourne Literary – and now it’s all formatted for the iPad as well! There are some screenshots of how it looks in that format in the app store, and it’s making me covet new tech!
If any of you have bought the app, either for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it would be great if you could leave a review in the app store. It needs at least five reviews for the app to indicate it has any reviews at all, and of course having reviews will encourage people to have confidence in buying it when it comes up on searches for Melbourne guides!
The app has been well received so far, and I hope to do an update in around February next year. If you know of any Melbourne writers, books set in Melbourne, Melbourne literary locations or anything else that would be good to add, let me know!
It’s almost spring, the Melbourne Writers Festival is in full bloom, and here comes the Melbourne Literary iPhone app to crank up the literary vibe another notch!
Full details of the app are listed below, but we’re also having a last-minute literary launch to coincide with the Writers Festival.
Launch: 6pm on Wednesday 1 September 2010 at Softbelly Bar, 367 Little Bourke St, Melbourne.
It’ll be rough-hewn, last-minute, lots of fun and oh so literary. See you there! (BYO beret)
Even if you can’t make it, please let your friends, members, associates, customers, subscribers and/or literary heroes (delete as necessary) know about the Melbourne Literary app and its celebration of our word-obsessed city!
The iPhone app that uncovers Australia’s City of Literature:
THE SHORT STORY
What? Melbourne Literary app for the iPhone Why? To celebrate Australia’s only UNESCO City of Literature via an easy-to-use guide to the city’s bookshops, writers, publishers, literary events, literary locations, and literary-themed cafes, bars and public art.
How much? Only $3.99. Where? From the App Store. More?www.iwriter.com.au/apps
THE FULL STORY
Whether you’re based in Australia or in far-flung foreign climes, this app created by Melbourne writer Narrelle M Harris will take you on an inspiring journey down Melbourne’s literary byways.
You’ll encounter great writers and entertaining books at every turn, be they fiction or non-fiction.
This app can be used in many ways. On a rainy day, curl up in a armchair at home and read about Melbourne’s fine writers, or use the list of books set in the city to compile your next library list.
When the weather improves, head out on Melbourne’s streets to discover literary locations, funky bookshops, forgotten monuments and cool “hip lit” cafes.
What’s in the Melbourne Literary app?
For about the price of a cup of excellent Melbourne coffee, (just $3.99) you will get 161 entries about books, writers, publishers, bookshops, locales to visit and links to online bookshops where you can buy all titles mentioned.
Your purchase will also include regular future updates, providing more rich information on Melbourne’s literary history.
MELBOURNE LITERARY allows you to search by category, including Literary Locations, Poetry, Bookshops, Cafes & Bars, Young Readers, Set in Melbourne, Writers, Events, Indigenous, Queer Lit, Publishers, and Monuments & Memorials.
Each entry includes a slideshow and descriptive text. If the entry is for a place you can visit, maps will guide you to the literary wonders.
Narrelle created Melbourne Literary in association with San Francisco-based Sutro Media. Narrelle lives in the city centre of Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Tim Richards, and their apartment-bound cat Petra.