The Luminary Folger Shakespeare apps, which are built on Luminary's social reading platform for mobile devices, use the Folger Shakespeare Editions text, supplemented with new audio performances produced by the Folger Theatre, expert commentaries from the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and teachers, image galleries, video performances and interviews, classroom resources, and learning modules. Each app has unique social reading, private network and content-creation tools that allow readers to customize their own experience and connect instantly with friends, classmates, and colleagues worldwide. The Luminary Folger Shakespeare apps will transform how Shakespeare is read, learned and taught for the 21st century.
"The Luminary platform is the perfect digital environment in which to engage with the richness of Shakespeare's works. In addition to immersing readers in the riches of the Folger Editions and Folger Theatre, it also allows students, teachers, and the reading public to share their ideas about the plays, making Shakespeare's works accessible in an entirely new way," said Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The Folger Luminary Shakespeare apps are a partnership between the Folger, Luminary Digital Media, and Simon & Schuster.
About the Folger
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. Leading the Folger Luminary Shakespeare app development for the Folger are Eric M. Johnson, Director of Digital Access, and Rebecca Niles, Digital Editions Editor.
Luminary Digital Media is a mobile software company founded by two professors--Elliott Visconsi of the University of Notre Dame and Katherine Rowe of Bryn Mawr College. Based in South Bend, Indiana and incubated at the University of Notre Dame, Luminary builds mobile learning experiences around humanities content for trade authors, schools, and cultural institutions, combining outstanding expert content with social networks, broadcasting channels, and collaboration tools. Luminary's first offering The Tempest for iPad was launched in April 2012, and has users in 25 countries worldwide. Luminary has been featured in leading venues such as FastCompany, The Atlantic, PBS MediaShift, and elsewhere. Luminary experts come from a worldwide network of colleges and universities, including Notre Dame, Bryn Mawr, Yale, Harvard, Indiana, Villanova, Delaware, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Cambridge, York, Penn, Princeton, George Washington, Pittsburgh, King's College London, USC, Virginia, National University of Singapore, Northwestern, and New Hampshire.
About Simon & Schuster
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' Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.