Apple's iPad (as of the date of this posting, there have been more than 1 million sold), we've seen a rise in the number of apps that have been developed for it, the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Naturally, some of those have been Sherlock Holmes-related apps (which we've previously covered).
Since that time, there have been quite a few apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and as a service to you, dear reader, we've assembled some (many were near duplicates, so we chose the most interesting or attractive), categorized them, and provided the prices and average ratings (on a 4- or 5-star scale). We haven't downloaded them all, so we can't provide reviews for each. We'll try to update this post with additional apps as they become available.
Perhaps our readers would like to download them and provide feedback in the comments section below - we'll keep this post hotlinked to the front page of the Baker Street Blog so viewers can easily find them and read what you've had to say. And if you'd care to let us know when new apps of interest are available, we'll add those as well.
In order to get a glimpse of each of these, simply click on the iTunes icon next to each to see it launched in iTunes, complete with a full description, reviews and screenshots.
Sherlock Holmes iPad / iPhone / iPod apps
iVerse Media has all five volumes of the graphic novel The Trial of Sherlock Holmes. Each is $0.99 and has a rating of 3 1/2 to 4 stars:
The first of a number of apps that offer most of the Canon in electronic form, The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Fee Tan is a straightforward approach to letting you put most of the stories in your pocket. Some of the features of this app: full pagination, like the original printed editions; each title includes page numbers; Table of Contents incorporates one click navigation; remember your reading progress; swipe to turn the page; add bookmark progress.
It seemingly includes the entire Canon: A Study In Scarlet, The Sign Of The Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Valley Of Fear
The Sherlock Holmes Collection (Fee Tan) - FREE, rated 4 stars
KiwiTech offers a handsome and sophisticated interface to its one-stop app that includes most of the Canon that has cleared copyright (The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes seems to be the only portion not yet available in the public domain). Included are: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge and Other Stories, The Hound of Baskervilles, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four, A Study in Scarlet, The Valley of Fear.
The cover art provides a hint of Leslie Howard as Sherlock Holmes and the pages "turn" when you scroll through the text.
The Sherlock Holmes Collection Classique (KiwiTech) - FREE, 4 stars
PublishThis, LLC offers a few apps - some in individual format, and one as a compilation. The compilation, titled "Sherlock Holmes Classics," contains A Study In Scarlet, The Sign Of The Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Valley Of Fear
- Sherlock Holmes Classics - $0.99, 3 1/2 stars
- The Adventure (sic) of Sherlock Holmes - $0.99, 4 stars
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - $0.99, 4 1/2 stars
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes - $0.99, 4 1/2 stars
- His Last Bow - $0.99, 4 stars
Sherlock Holmes Handbook or Sherlock Holmes Companion (which are also highly recommended). The app is described as follows:
This Book includes the original 60 stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle examined in detail; brief biographies of Doyle and his famous duo; an A-Z of every actor to have portrayed Holmes on stage, film, radio and television; pastiches and spoofs; appendices that include an in depth bibliography and a look at the best Sherlock Holmes websites around."Sherlock Holmes" (Andrews UK Ltd.) - $7.99, no ratings yet.
Basil Rathbone / Nigel Bruce classics from the 1940s with you, as Procypher Software released four different titles, each priced at $0.99. No ratings, but then again, you're most likely familiar with these films by now.
App features: Play, stop, pause, continue, volume control, progress bar, and moviemark controls. Moviemarks let you mark your favorite places in the movie so you can return to them fast and easily! The Continue feature starts the movie where you paused it even after closing the movie player.
Andrews UK Limited and Films4Phone bring us one of Arthur Wontner's appearances as the master from the 1930s. Synopsis: Holmes is now retired. However, he gets one last call about a case involving arch enemy Professor Moriarty who has got involved with an American gang end the life of a, John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past.
Functionally, once downloaded this self-contained 'film in an app' does not require a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to be viewed; fully functioning film within the app; synopsis page / information page function within the app; director biography page.
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (Andrews UK Ltd) - $0.99, no rating
The Sherlock Holmes Experience. And it's quite an experience. According to its creators, "Vook is an entirely new way to read -- it's an application that integrates video and text into one complete experience. With this vook, you can read two gripping Sherlock Holmes mystery stories and watch informative videos that pull you deep into the colorful world of 19th century London, immersing you in the spirit of detective fiction and Baker Street."
BeamItDown Software provides a number of titles to read, but they take a slightly different approach from other publishers. In their words:
Other reader applications display the text of the book you are reading in individual pages. The number of words that can be displayed on the screen at one time is determined by the size of the font used. This forces you to choose between reading with a very small font size or using a large font and changing pages every few seconds. The problem is that reading with a very small font induces eye strain, while frequent paging disrupts concentration.
The BeamItDown iFlow Reader solves this problem by using an entirely new approach to reading. Instead of paging, the BeamItDown iFlow Reader scrolls text much like a teleprompter. Large, easy to read text scrolls by smoothly as you read. The precise scrolling speed is controlled by subtly tilting the device, which quickly becomes very intuitive and natural. You can personalize your reading experience by selecting the paper color, text color, text size, and the font that you prefer to create a truly enjoyable reading experience.Titles from BeamItDown are $0.99 and are universally rated at 4 stars:
- The Sherlock Holmes Collection - the entire Canon within copyright: A Study in Scarlet, His Last Bow, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, The Adventure of the Devil's Foot, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four, The Valley of Fear
- Mystery Classics - a number of interesting titles and authors in the detective fiction genre: The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens; The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie; The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan; Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley
Sherlock Holmes, has its own app. This is an interactive game that invites the user to play detective:
Once inside the shoes of the World’s Greatest Detective, you must use Sherlock’s keen wit and persuasive charm to prove a man innocent of murder, without revealing your sources. The investigation will take you into the seedy, gritty side of Victorian London, overflowing with deceit and disregard for basic codes of decent behavior as you traverse the deadly back alleys. Scour the environments… Uncover the Clues… Reveal the truth in “The Case of the Innocent Man”.Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (Warner Bros.) - $0.99 and rated 3 1/2 stars.
The Game's Afoot (Mobile Deluxe) - $2.99, rated 3 stars
Sherlock Holmes Quiz (Super Monko) - FREE, 3 stars
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes? Do you miss the ability to scrawl notes in the margins of your hard copy edition of the Canon? Here's an opportunity to have both. This app from ZyngRule only includes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but the list of features is impressive. Among them:
Autoscrolling - scroll through the book without touching the screen; easy built-in dictionary - expand your vocabulary by simply swiping across a word; fast text search; annotate sections of the book using the Text Bookmarks and Notes features, email the notes for further editing; stylish, animated graphics and a plethora of fonts and colors; realistic paper texture backgrounds for book pages; sound effects; night mode support.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes eBook (ZyngRule) - $0.99, no ratings yet.
The Sherlock Holmes Guide to London (Clay) - $2.99, no ratings yet.
Don't forget: If you'd like to download any of the above apps and provide feedback in the comments section below, we'd appreciate it. Also, if you know of any other worthy of inclusion, please let us know. This post will remain on the front page of the Baker Street Blog so viewers can easily find them and read what you've had to say.