As a new-ish iPhone user, here's what I want to know: Where are the damn gardening apps? I've heard all about the Locavore app and that's nice. I found a Peterson field guide to birds, and that's cool.
But what about a book like this fine title from my friends Pete & Judy Haggard? If I was writing Insects of the Pacific Northwest right now, I'd be asking my publisher, "What format should this be written in so that it can be turned into an iPhone app? And how do we split those royalties?"
I'm not talking about digital books or e-books, in which whole pages are scanned so that you can basically flip through them on the computer the way you'd flip through the printed book. I'm talking about books like this one, filled with bite-sized pieces of information and useful photos that can be turned into a searchable database, and in turn made into a groovy little iPhone app that would allow me to look up a bug in the field without having to carry five different reference books with me.
Or how about the guide to the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program? That's basically a database in the form of the book.
What about Fine Gardening's Pronounciation Guide? I would love to have my iPhone helping me with my Latin while I'm on the road. I would totally pay for that.
And Armitage's book. And AHS's big encyclopedia. And a durn good guide to poisonous plants.
What if the American Public Gardens Association had an iPhone app that gave me details about every botanical garden, including what gardens are near my zip code and what they've got scheduled for this weekend? What if independent garden centers did the same thing?
What botanical iPhone app do you want? And how much would you pay for it?
Or–at what point would you be convinced to buy an iPhone because it had so much indespensible gardening stuff on it?