Enhanced Editions: Sarah Silverman’s The Bedwetter iPhone ebook

You might be aware of US comedian Sarah Silverman. She had a brief stint on Saturday Night Live and can be seen on Mr Show, The Larry Sanders Show and loads of little guest shots on shows such as Seinfeld and movies such as “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese” with (Jeff Garlin’s movie for anyone curious about what Curb Your Enthusiasm would look like without Larry David). Very much a member of the US alternative comedy scene, her HBO special, “Jesus is Magic” and her Comedy Central show “The Sarah Silverman Program“, which featured her teaming up with Rob Scrab, author of the amazing “Scud the Disposable Assassin” comic.

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Which is all very well and good but what does that have to do with gadgets? Well Sarah Silverman has released an iPhone app for her autobiography The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee (she’s enuretic). Brought to you by Enhanced Editions, the app eschews the e-reader and tablet markets and focuses on the smartphone – a device which in all probability you’ll always have with you. Enhance Editions ensure that the text is properly formatted for the smaller phones screen, with easily navigable chapters, adjustable fonts and searchable text.

The app also doubles up as an audiobook, which Sarah Silverman reads and performs, where necessary. The audio book is broken up by chapter, with a time remaining and a simple navigation bar. It’s not as good as a Kindle, or even an iPad and the 441 MB app doesn’t even appear to be adjusted to work on the magic tablet, bar the horrible 2* scaling that technically works but that is wholly unsatisfying. But if you are hanging out on your iPhone, the reading experience is better than it would be on the standard iBooks app and having the audio book bundled makes it worth the price of admission (which is about £10). Plus there are a few app-only extra videos, and a little Sarah Silverman newsfeed.

But is it any good? Well if you enjoy any of her work (and you should definitely check out the Sarah Silverman Program), and her curious mix of surrealism, word play and shock humour then you should definitely check it out.

The Adventures of Simon Pegg: A digital comic for Android, iPhone and the iPad

You’re scared of mice and spiders, but oh-so-much greater is your fear that one day the two species will cross-breed to form an all-powerful race of mice-spiders, who will immobilize human beings in giant webs in order to steal cheese.

Lines like that made a generations of young adults fall in love with writer, actor, comedian and all round lovely-chap Simon Pegg, star of Spaced, Big Train, Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And How to Win Friends and Influence People, but we don’t like to talk about that.  The titular hero now has his own £.179 iPad/iPhone/Android app chronicling his comic adventures.

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Taken from the pages of his recently released autobiography Nerd Do Well (which it essentially advertises but in a fun and original way) The Adventures of Simon Pegg is digital comic, with full screen or panel-by-panel navigation. If you’ve not read a digital comic before I should point out they are pretty much perfect on tablets. A little too niche to describe as a “killer app” for tablets maybe, but it’s magic being able to have all of “The Authority” or “Scud the Disposable Assassin” in the palm of your hand. Full screen comics are great, and panel by panel (in some cases) can really bring a

The app also features character biographies with lots of details on Pegg’s alter-ego, his faithful robotic manservant Canterbury and the flame haired French cat burglar The Scarlet Panther.  Other added content includes wallpapers, which you can use as background for you phone (or just gaze at).   There is also a bit more info on Mr Pegg, a free sample chapter from Nerd Do Well.

There are also lots of sharing options that enable readers to share single panels via email, Facebook Connect or Twitter – something which is also pretty cool. There is also a shortcut to following Simon Pegg on  Twitter – but if you’ve gone through all the trouble of downloading an app then you probably already have  that. £1.79 from a Marketplace or App store near you.