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Moby Dick

A Digital Odyssey

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


This unique edition of Moby Dick features video interviews with some of the country's top Melville experts, interactive maps and graphics, and over fifty archival images and videos documenting the life of Herman Melville and his great American epic. Students can gain new insight into the book's most enduring themes, find inspiration for essay topics, and better understand the historical context of this often challenging masterpiece. Teachers can use the included media to structure lesson plans and spark conversations. Moby Dick: A Digital Odyssey is perfect for diehard fans and newcomers alike – and it's only available here, on the iBookstore.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 29, 1997 – Note to children: this is not Melville's Moby Dick. Drummond (The Willow Pattern Story) has transformed the tome of American Lit into a quick-reading, kid-friendly whale of a tale. His inviting approach (which emanates from his obvious love for the story) involves ruthless editing and nonthreatening visuals. He uses pen and pale washes of color (punctuated by just enough red whale gore to suggest the seriousness of the sport) in a cartoonish style and conversation bubbles with handwritten contents to cleverly convey the episodic quality of the text. Ishmael narrates the story here, too, and chapter headings for each spread aid the story's clarity and momentum. Amazingly, the plot is complete in these 32 pages and includes many of the most fascinating details of the mechanics of whaling. Although some children may have trouble with some of the more adult themes (the fact that this is a revenge mission for Ahab, Queequeg builds himself a coffin and only Ishmael survives), whale and sea lovers will learn a great deal (especially in the concluding author's note). By cagily approaching this classic with a light, non-reverential touch, Drummond may predispose a new generation of readers toward experiencing the original work (that they might otherwise only encounter only in Cliffs Notes). Ages 5-up.


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Customer Reviews

really rich

it's still a long read, but this ibook has some really interesting interviews with experts about who Melville was, what life was like for whalers during the time and lots of pretty prints and photographs. Totally worth the 4 bucks.

Fantastic E-Book version of Moby Dick

Normally I don't think the value of e-books is worth while. However this experience has changed my mind completely. The interactivity, added content, professional video and animation quality, and just plain fun of reading this new version of Moby Dick has finally forced me into the new digital age of e-books.

Fresh take on a classic

I really can't believe that this is available for 4 bucks. This was my 3rd attempt at Moby Dick (the first 2 failed during the "Cetalogical chapters"), and I found that the extra media really helped me paint mental images and made it really fun to read. I'd say it made the book much less intimidating and much more enjoyable. As it should be! I hope there are more classics done this way. War and Peace, anyone!?

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Moby Dick
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Classics
  • Published: Jan 27, 2012
  • Publisher: Arcade Sunshine Media
  • Seller: Arcade Sunshine Media
  • Print Length: 773 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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