Since this is Arts and Humanities Month, let’s take a look at a few apps that bring the best of those worlds to you.
First we have an app that brings classic literature to your smart device. FreeBooks is a great app that is easy to use and even has starred reviews so you can see what others thought of a certain book. Let’s say that for Halloween, you’d like to read something scary. Just open FreeBooks, tap on Genres at the bottom, and then, along the top, choose Horror. There you can read “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, or “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, to name just a few. Prefer a good old mystery? Choose between many of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, or maybe Agatha Christie. Other genres include Politics, History, Poetry, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama and Adventure. It’s all free so why not give it a whirl?
For those of you who are art lovers, there’s an app called WikiArt. This is free as well and allows you to look at hundreds of great paintings at your leisure. The app shows featured paintings right off the bat, but by tapping on the Artists icon within the app you can scroll through the artists by name and see the magnificent pieces of work that they’ve done. If you love looking at art, this app is for you!
The last offering we have is WolframAlpha. If you have a question about darn near anything, Wolfram has the answer. It does cost $2.99 to download but if you love knowledge this is a great app to have. Type in the day you were born and it will tell you, among other things, the day of the week it fell on (I was born on a Monday). Ask the app what the price of gas was on Oct 1, 1999 and it will tell you $1.302/gal. Want the nitty gritty on Versailles? Ask Wolfram. Need help with a complex algebra problem? Wolfram has your back. Like to learn a bit more about the Sistine Chapel? Yup, check Wolfram.
Do you know of a great app that you’d like us to tell others about?