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Simon & Schuster and Folger Team with Luminary Digital Media to Create Interactive Shakespeare Apps

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Garland Scott
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Julia Prosser
Simon and Schuster
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Simon & Schuster and Folger Shakespeare Library announced today that they are working with Luminary Digital Media to create an interactive app using the renowned Folger Editions, the leading Shakespeare texts used in secondary schools in the United States.

The Luminary Folger Shakespeare, which will be built on Luminary's social reading platform for mobile devices, will use the Folger Editions Shakespeare text, supplemented with newly commissioned audio performances produced at the Folger Theatre, expert commentaries from the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and teachers, image galleries, video performances and interviews, audio recordings, classroom resources, and learning modules. The app will have 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 will transform how Shakespeare is read, learned and taught for the 21st century.

The first apps will publish in November 2013 and will include Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The remaining plays will be released on a regular basis until the entire collection is complete.

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 Editions have 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 efforts to bring this vital series into the digital age,” said Simon & Schuster President and Publisher Jonathan Karp. “These new apps will tap Folger’s expert scholarship, the ability of digital media to make Shakespeare come alive, and the growing phenomenon of social reading to create a world class Shakespeare experience for the mobile reading audience. We’re confident that the Folger Editions will, in this new digital format, prove attractive and informative to an entirely new generation of readers.”

"At Luminary, we are delighted to work with two world-class partners like the Folger Shakespeare Library and Simon & Schuster to create the next generation of Shakespeare for all readers," said Elliott Visconsi, principal and co-founder of Luminary Digital Media.

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.

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.

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.

Press release issued on May 23, 2013.
Links of Interest:
Folger Luminary Shakespeare Apps Launch  
Folger Editions  
More about Simon and Schuster  
More about Luminary Digital Media  
The Tempest for iPad  

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