The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0269 Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Subject: Folger Shakespeare Editions as E-Books
Yesterday’s New York Times contained an announcement that the Folger Shakespeare editions will be available in e-book format.
June 24, 2012
Folger Shakespeares in E-Book Format
By Julie Bosman
The Folger Shakespeare Library editions will be available in e-book format for the first time beginning Monday. Known as one of the most popular and accessible editions of Shakespeare’s works, they feature scene summaries and notes and are frequently used in schools. Simon & Schuster said it collaborated with the Folger Shakespeare Library to create the e-books. The e-books, including “Hamlet,” “Julius Caesar” and “The Merchant of Venice,” will be sold for $5.99 each. “Shakespeare’s plays are one of the true landmarks in English writing, and the Folger editions have always served to make accessible, authoritative editions of the plays available to a broad sweep of the reading and playgoing public,” Michael Witmore, the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, said in a statement. “The arrival of Folger Editions as e-books extends the reach of this invaluable series even further.”
I when back and located the original Folger Shakespeare Library’s press release, issued on May 17, 2012: http://www.folger.edu//pr_preview.cfm?prid=307&is_archived=0&printout=1
“The most widely used electronic version of the plays—the Globe Edition (1864)—is over a century old, and I believe the Folger Editions will take its place as the electronic edition of record for Shakespeare’s plays.”
— Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library, in co-operation with Simon & Schuster, is pleased to announce the release of the texts of its celebrated Folger Shakespeare Editions. The texts of the plays themselves, minus glosses, notes and interpretive material, will be available free for non-commercial use. Full Folger e-editions, with glosses and interpretative material, are currently for sale at the Simon & Schuster website.
“The Folger Editions are a landmark in textual editing: produced to the highest standards of scholarship, they have been a trusted source for Shakespeare’s texts since their introduction in 1992,” explains Folger Director Michael Witmore. “We are delighted that we will soon make the complete text of every play, minus interpretive apparatus, available to anyone with a web connection. The most widely used electronic version of the plays—the Globe Edition (1864)—is over a century old, and I believe the Folger Editions will take its place as the electronic edition of record for Shakespeare’s plays.”
The #1 Shakespeare text used in American classrooms, the Folger Editions are designed to make Shakespeare’s plays and poems available to all readers. They provide accurate texts in modern spelling and punctuation. Completely re-edited, each text is based directly on what the editors, Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine, consider the best early printed version of a particular play, poem, or collection of poems.
The most popular of Shakespeare’s plays will be available by the end of the summer of 2012. All of the plays will be posted by the end of 2013.
The availability of the Folger Editions texts opens up a range of uses, including online editions, classroom use, apps, scholarly research, and data mining.
Information at the SimonandSchuster.com site indicates that the e-books may be purchased there and then used on a variety of platforms.
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