Alice for the iPad makes me angry.
Gruber linked to a promo video for a new app called “Alice,” which is a “book” in some bizarro world populated entirely by Gruber and his ego. His entirely-too-rambly summary of the video is this:
How does the Kindle compete with this?
And the video is here:
This makes me actively angry. I considered punching my monitor, but then my spares would be down to five. And I’m sobering up, and if I cut myself I’d have to stop drinking before going to the ER (those assholes check your breath).
What’s the point of this app? To show you that it has an accelerometer? We already knew that. Is it to show us that bobbleheads exist? Again, we already knew. There are words on the page but it isn’t a book. It’s infuriating, and not just because flashing things scare me. It’s infuriating because it’s a pretty hack job, and it’s infuriating because overblown schmucks like Gruber think that just because it’s on the revolutionary iPad, that means that the app is revolutionary. Or that this in some way relates to the repair of the newspaper and magazine industries that the iPad supposedly is going to deliver, even though it won’t.
To answer your question, Gruber, about how the Kindle competes with this? The Kindle has books on it. This app isn’t a book; it’s an insult to books to compare the two things. This is a child’s messy doodle wrapped up in binary.
I’ve got an idea for you, Gruber: I’ll write an app for the iPad that has a picture of a rocket ship on it. When you shake the iPad, the sky behind the rocket will move, as though the rocket is flying. Then you can ask Boeing how it can possibly respond to such innovation.