Folger Digital Texts Now Online (and Other March Announcements)

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This month has already seen a number of news items of potential interest to EMOB readers including Gale-Cengage’s announcement that will it offer STEM e-books from Springer and Elsevier (a potentially potent nexus of publishing forces in the subscription database world) as part of its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and that it is launching a Proprietary Monograph Publishing Program; free access in March to Orlando: Women’s Writing Online that Anna announced here a few days ago; and a note from Dr. Ian Christie-Miller about digital imaging resources he has been developing and the interest it has received in the UK.

Just this week the Folger announced that all 38 of its digital texts of Shakespeare’s plays are now available, free of charge, online. As the homepage’s title Timeless Texts, Cutting-Edge Code suggests, a key feature of these texts is the robust coding that one can freely download. Besides the meticulously executed TEI-compliant XML structure of these plays, the texts are also attractively designed for reading as this opening of All’s Well That Ends Well illustrates. This page also displays the useful digital paratexts accompanying each work. Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine offer a brief Textual Introduction to the site.

We would like to hear from others about how they are using this new resource–both in terms of its texts and the source code.

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5 Responses to “Folger Digital Texts Now Online (and Other March Announcements)”

  1. pozdRaf Says:

    Reblogged this on Filologia cyfrowa :: Mediewistyka 2.0.

  2. Jessica C. Murphy Says:

    Reblogged this on Jessica C. Murphy and commented:
    Exciting news about the availability of Folger Digital Texts of Shakespeare’s Plays

  3. Anna Battigelli Says:

    Thanks, Eleanor. There are a lot of interesting developments.

  4. Anna Battigelli Says:

    I am experimenting the Folger’s digital edition of Twelfth Night for my Shakespeare class this fall. Using that text (which I have printed out to distribute to students) seemed an easy way to make sure that everyone had exactly the right text.

    I’ll post on how that works.

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