Bloodaxe Poetry mobile application

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This is a free mobile application for phones and tablets, currently in the late stages of development. With an almost forty-year publishing history, Bloodaxe Books have amassed a wealth of audio-visual material from readings and interviews with their poets. This mobile app aims to present some of this online-hosted content alongside the texts of the poems, while still allowing the reader to read the texts offline. The intention is to combine the multimedia capabilities of the mobile or tablet device with the offline reading abilities of an e-book reader in one application, while still trying to minimise the amount of memory required to run the app.

The front page of the app allows the reader to search the content of the app through a conventional search bar, or to browse using other methods by selecting the book icon. Methods by which a reader can browse content are: Poets, Poems, Videos, Audio, Categories, Themes, and Favourites. The front page also features a news panel, which takes the reader to the Bloodaxe website to view the latest news from the publisher. The bottom section of the front page screen is an animated text panel that displays random opening lines from poems featured on the app, allowing readers to read the full text of any poems that catch their attention.  (See image below.)

 

On the poem-reading screen (see image below), the reader can: read the text; listen to an audio recording of the poem, if available; use the tabs at the top to view a performance of the poem or read the poet’s biography; alter the size, color and layout of the text; share the poem on social media; tag the poem with themes that they identify in it; and add the poem to their Favourites list. The navigation menu at the top of the screen is collapsible, allowing the reader to have only the poem text displayed on the screen while reading. The button in the very top-right displays another random poem from the app when clicked, simulating the action of ‘flicking through’ a printed book.

The poem-reading screen showing ‘Cow’ by Selima Hill.

 

The app was created using Apache Cordova, a computer program that allows a programmer to use web technologies such at HTML and Javascript, with which I am familiar, to create mobile applications. Please see below for a sample of the code used to create the app.

Alternatively, this code can be downloaded as a PDF file here, but this lacks the coloured text highlighting of the code window above.