Skulls – A Living Book On Your iPad

Skulls by Simon Winchester is a “living ebook” for the iPad.  It features some of the most breathtaking and detailed e-dimensional, 360-degree rotational photographs of skulls – animal, human, ancient and modern – that you’ll ever see.

The text of the book covers the zoology of the skulls themselves, a history of how skulls have appeared (and in what context) in art and culture, and more.

When you hold your iPad vertically, it shows the text in black on white to make it easy to read.  To best view the graphics, you rotate your iPad and it shifts to white on black for optimum graphics display.  It’s a great idea that shows just one little detail that makes this a game-changing book for the tablet.

While viewing graphics, you can pinch to zoom or expand and use your finger to drag and move the graphics.  Flicking your finger has it spinning slowly or fast, depending on how fast you move your finger.

You can also turn on the spoken word version and have the author read the text to you, synchronized to what’s shown on the page.  Detailed notes of every species shown plus a comparison feature to compare skulls (up to four at a time) is also available.

Truly a learning tool and ebook that goes beyond the norm.  This might be the most innovative iPad app in 2011.

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