Shakespeare on the Web

According to an article in USA Today, Google launched yet another cool site. It is a “site devoted entirely” to the work of William Shakespeare. The site offers full-text versions of his 37 plays. The plays are categorized by types – comedy, tragedy, romance or history. The site also incorporates a nifty search feature that allows the user to search for an excerpt from a play and be directed to the page in the play where the quote appears (and the quote is highlighted). I searched Romeo and Juliet for the phrase, “You kiss by the book,” and came up with this. I like it!

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2 Comments on “Shakespeare on the Web”

  1. victor Says:

    The problems that are confronting Google as it attempts to digitize Shakespeare’s works (as well as other books) is best summed up by the blog “Reflective Librarian” and his posting at http://reflectivelibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/06/google-botches-shakespeare-ebooks.html

    His posting explains the many problems with Google books, its short comings, and its many problems……sloppiness being the biggest one. Another blogger who states the same thing is Bill Trippe located at http://www.billtrippe.com/archives/2006/06/google_hacks_to.html

    I should know because I have been involved in producing ebooks on the web for a number of years. (see http://www.bookyards.com ). When Google announced their digital project, I felt that there was no longer any purpose in doing our digital project. This perception was wrong….Google’s project is too ambitious, resulting in the confusion and mess that it finds itself presently in.

    If you want Shakespeare (for free), just go to
    http://www.bookyards.com/search_results.html?type=books&author_id=596&author_name=Shakespeare%2C%20William

    We have also compiled a good collection of other digital libraries with books available for downloading. Just go to Bookyards “Library Collections – E Books” at http://www.bookyards.com/links.html?type=links&category_id=1780
    There are approximately 350 digital libraries separated alphabetically and by category, with over 200,000 ebooks……ebooks that are vastly superior and better organized than what Google books is offering.

  2. astephens Says:

    Victor –

    I too noticed some improper scanning and such as I perused the Shakespearian plays scanned in by Google, but as a whole, I think the site will be useful… not perfect but a nice start. And as you mention, it is a monumental undertaking and I am just happy that someone has decided to give it a shot.

    I visited the link you suggested http://www.bookyards.com and was impressed by it as well. The more literature we can get online and accessible to everyone with an Internet connection the better.


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