Shakespeare Goes Digital

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FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY NOW AVAILABLE IN EBOOKS PUBLISHED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER

New York, NY, June 25, 2012 — Simon & Schuster is delighted to announce that the Folger Shakespeare Library editions are now available as eBooks, bringing this popular edition of Shakespeare’s plays and poems to students, teachers, and readers everywhere.

With this new digital publishing platform for Shakespeare’s works, Simon & Schuster, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, has created digital books that preserve the look and feel of the editions that have delighted readers for decades and made the Folger Shakespeare Library a highly-trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers alike. Each electronic edition will have the same pagination as the physical book, with hyperlinks allowing readers to move easily between text, commentary, and a host of illustrations from the Folger’s collections that bring Shakespeare’s plays and world to life.

Editors Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine provide accurate texts with modern spelling and punctuation, scene-by-scene summaries of the action, and detailed notes that help readers learn about the plays and poems as Shakespeare’s audience read and saw them performed. A guide to Shakespeare’s language and accounts of his life and the Globe Theater are included in every edition.

The entire canon of Shakespeare’s poem and plays, including classics such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and The Merchant of Venice, appear in single-title format and priced at $5.99 each. Downloads are available from Simon & Schuster and at other ebook retailers: for more information visit www.simonandschuster.com/folgershakespearelibrary.

Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and an eminent Shakespeare scholar, comments, “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 play-going public. The arrival of Folger Editions as eBooks extends the reach of this invaluable series even further, and we are pleased that our partnership with Simon & Schuster has resulted in this new avenue for accessing Shakespeare’s works.”

“The Folger Shakespeare Library has long been the gold standard for reading Shakespeare both at home and in the classroom, and we couldn’t be prouder of our partnership and our joint effort to bring this vital series into the digital age,” said Simon & Schuster Executive Vice President and Publisher Jonathan Karp. “We’re confident that what has for so many years made Folger a success on the printed page will in digital format prove as attractive and informative to an entirely new generation of readers.”

The agreement for electronic versions of the Folger Shakespeare Library was negotiated by Simon & Schuster Senior Editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750), the Folger is an internationally recognized research library; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs. For more information, visit the website at www.folger.edu.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.

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