Shakespeare, you can send me push notifications any time you want to

Over 20 years ago, there was this sweet, smart, handsome guy I worked with who one day just stopped in front of my desk and started quoting Shakespeare at me. Specifically, that line from Antony and Cleopatra that starts with “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety…” Now, honey, that is one effective pick-up line, let me tell you. Or it would have been, if I hadn’t been otherwise engaged. I swear I nearly fainted.

In all this time, age has withered me a bit, unfortunately, but it hasn’t touched my love for the Bard, which is why I downloaded Shakespeare. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather dip into a random act of a Shakespeare play than fling birds at pigs while waiting to see the dentist.

The free version of the app has all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets (plus a few that might be his) and tons of historical and literary facts and figures. I used the search function to find the Cleopatra quote. You can sign up for a Shakespeare Passport to get free admission or discounts to events and exhibits all over the world.

To get the full glossary of all those great, weird words that didn’t survive to this century and all 80 quotes (shake your phone to get a new one!), you have to buy the Pro version. It’s expensive ($9.99), but if you go to the site of the people behind the app,, you’ll see it’s for a very worthy cause.

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Devices: iOS, Android
Cost: Free (Pro version: $9.99)
Shakespeare (Free) on the App Store
Shakespeare (Pro) on the App Store
Shakespeare (Beta) on Google Play


About Pam

Pamela Poole put on her red cowboy boots and moved from San Diego to Paris in 2006. She's a translator and tech blogger who believes the Internet is the fountain of youth.

07. February 2013 by Pam
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