Published 18 June 2009 · Main Posts a mag on your iPhone Jeff Sparrow A week or so ago, I posted a link to an experiment conducted by Ann Kirschner, in which she compared the experience of reading Little Dorrit as paperback, audiobook, on the Kindle and on the iPhone. Rather surprisingly, she came down on the side of the iPhone, largely on the basis that it was with her wherever she went. Having become a recent convert to the iPhone cult, I’ve been experimenting with the Stanza book app and largely agree with her. It’s not the greatest reading experience in the world (the screen is very small, for a start) but it means you have a selection of books with you whenever you are on public transport or getting lunch or whenever. It’s more suited for genre writing than literary fiction, I think, cos the format rewards reading small snatches in a context full of distractions: it’s better suited, in other words, for a strong narrative than a text where you’re savouring each line. Anyway, Rob Corr just pointed me to Steampunk Tales, a monthly SF magazine created specifically for the iPhone. I’m not sure that the iPhone would work for Overland but it’s fantastic for steampunk, since reading on your phone inherently melds an old school activity with new school technology. Plus it allows the publishers to take advantage of the dynamic that’s worked so well for app designers: you can keep the price right down and benefit from the sheer scale of app downloads. Interesting times. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging […] 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion.