- Publisher: Push Pop Press
- Genre: interactive book, climate change
- Platform: Universal
- Price: $4.99
- SAHGeekMom Rating: 4.75 Stars
- Recommended Age: 10+
“Climate change threatens each and every one of us, and grows more and more dangerous every day,” says former Vice President Al Gore, as he greets readers to the interactive iOS version of his book, Our Choice.
The universal book-app is the latest of Gore’s efforts to bring global awareness to the issue of climate change, and is a benchmark in digital publishing. It is also the winner of a 2011 Apple Design Award, and is both an iOS and mainstream media darling.
The app contains an abridged version of the print book by the same title along with a host of interactive features. It starts with an up close and personal introduction from Al Gore and is jam-packed with high-resolution photos, interactive maps, “infographics,” animations, documentary videos, and audio commentary by the former VP.
The writing is fluid and informative, but if one is simply looking for competent prose on the subject, the print book would suffice.
This app, powered by Push Pop Press, brings something new to the digital publishing world that is worth discussing apart from the written content.
If you read my bog regularly you might be confused. I just called Virtual History – The Last Supper the standard bearer too, and I stand by the superlatives for both book-apps. But, Last Supper was always intended to be an app first, the text written content was chosen to highlight the features. This is the way already published books need to adapt to nascent technologies.
The attention to providing a rich user-experience is evident right from the interactive “cover,” a 3d rendering of Earth, which will pinpoint a reader’s location and exhibit how climate change will effect that spot on Earth.
Much thought, clearly, went into creating an interactive experience that would not just compliment, but genuinely enhance both the reading experience and the message. The features feel organic.
Unusual too for this type of app fare, Our Choice shines brightest on iPad, but is actually universal and looks sharp on the iPhone too.
Check out this video to peek within the virtual pages and hear from Al Gore himself:
The is not a great choice for young children – the issues are complex and much of the subject matter is (justifiably) frightening, or it should be anyway if you’re paying attention. There are many ways to raise an iOS eco-warrior, you can find some of the best on my Green Apps list here.
But, if you have a tween or older child studying climate change, this book is an excellent study companion and an engaging way to get young people motivated to make the hard choices facing their generation.
There are going to be haters – this is (unfortunately) a controversial subject in some quarters, especially in parts of the US. Climate change deniers are not going to enjoy this app, no matter how stellar the iOS rendition, on principal. And, to be fair, Mr. Gore’s political biases are not exactly subtle.
Looking at this as an app, however, critics and users agree, it sets a new bar in digital publishing.
Climate change is real, folks, and as Our Choice illuminates, the future looks grim, especially if pervasive indifference, diversionary discourse, malaise and a sense of hopelessness persist.
But, neither is the future etched in stone. This book’s title is not accidental; it is a matter of choice.
This app will not only inform, but also help readers become proactive in the fight to save Earth. Eco-warriors, tech junkies, and readers alike should celebrate Our Choice, it’s interactive reading as never before seen on iOS.
Note: The price is more than fair for a book-app this rich and 100% of Al Gore’s earnings from Our Choice will be donated to the nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection.
If you are having deja vu, I just covered Our Choice in brief on my best interactive books for iPad list which you can find it here with rest of the best book-apps for iPad!
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Here are a few recent and reviews and lists posts for you until I can write some more fresh content up – it may be a few days, I want to dedicate these last few days exclusively to the new site, but I’ll be bck very soon with more of what you know and love from me, The Stay at Home GeekMom.
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