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.
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.