The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0561 Thursday, 15 June 2006
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2006
Subject: Google Launches "Summer with Shakespeare" Site
The Google Book Search on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, launched a
Shakespeare Site at www.google.com/shakespeare. Google's Press Release
Summer's here and that means two things: summer reading and the
commencement of Shakespeare festivals around the country.
Today, Google Book Search celebrates both traditions with the launch of
its "Summer with Shakespeare" site, a place to find and search all the
plays of Shakespeare-from the popular favorites to the lesser-known
gems. The site launches in conjunction with the commencement of
Shakespeare in the Park (http://www.publictheater.org/), New York City's
famous outdoor festival, which this year will feature the production of
In Shakespeare's day, gaining greater access to theatrical events meant
duking it out with the other "groundlings" for the best view of the
stage. It took centuries before the modern publishing industry could
make works like Macbeth widely available. Today, the Internet is
continuing to remove the barriers between people and knowledge, and
Google Book Search (http://books.google.com/) is helping people all over
the world browse and discover the great texts of history.
At www.google.com/shakespeare, book lovers and theater fans alike can
explore Shakespeare's entire oeuvre right from their desktop. You can
search for famous lines in Macbeth without toil and trouble, browse
through all the plays you know, or follow your curiosity to discover new
works on the site. And if you decide you want to buy a copy of one of
Shakespeare's works, the "All editions" link will show you every version
in Google Book Search, many of which are available for purchase.
While on the site, readers can check out other ways to enjoy Shakespeare
Uncovering more resources on Shakespeare with Google Web Search
Exploring scholarly perspectives on Shakespeare with Google Scholar
Connecting with Shakespeare enthusiasts through Google Groups
Watching Shakespeare in action on Google Video
Browsing Shakespearean images on Google Image Search
Finding the latest articles on all things Shakespeare with Google News
Visiting the Globe Theater and other Shakespearean landmarks with Google
(Due to their lengths, the above URLs may need to be copied/pasted into
your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one
For more information, please see today's Google Blog post at
http://booksearch.blogspot.com or Google Book Search at
Jill Lindenbaum, 415-305-1626
Megan Lamb, 703-926-5292
Google Launches Shakespeare Site
June 15, 2006 12:15 p.m. EST
Shaveta Bansal - All Headline News Contributor
Los Angeles, CA (AHN) - On Wednesday Google launched a website entirely
dedicated to the great writer and philosopher William Shakespeare. The
site will allow the lovers of the Brad to browse through the texts of
Users can even base their search in words, such as "to be or not to be"
from "Hamlet," and they will immediately be taken to that part of the play.
According to a report by Reuters, the site, which was introduced in
conjunction with Google's sponsorship of New York's "Shakespeare in the
Park," also provides links to related scholarly research, Internet
groups, and even videos of theater performances of Shakespeare plays.
The site also encourages users to "take a literary field trip" by
searching for London's Shakespeare's Globe Theater on Google Earth,
which combines satellite imagery, maps and a search engine to find
historic locations around the world.
In addition, Google Book Search, the Google product which houses the
Shakespeare site, even allows users to view books or parts of books
through their Web browsers if the copyright has expired or a publisher
has given permission to do so.
Other stories can be found at
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