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Folger Luminary Shakespeare App Launches

Designed to transform reading and learning about Shakespeare in the 21st century

Combines renowned Folger Shakespeare Editions with innovative social reading platform
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Garland Scott
(202) 675-0342

Esther French

In partnership with Luminary Digital Media and Simon & Schuster, the Folger is launching the first three plays in the Folger Luminary Shakespeare app series. Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet are available for the iPad ($11.99) in Apple's iTunes store. Apps for Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream to follow.

Combining the Folger Shakespeare Editions, the leading Shakespeare texts used in secondary schools in the United States, with Luminary's innovative social reading platform, the Folger Luminary Shakespeare app offers a transformative reading and learning experience for classrooms, reading groups and book clubs, theatrical productions, and Shakespeare fans everywhere. Among the apps unique features:

  • The Gold Standard Text. The app uses the richly annotated Folger Shakespeare editions texts that are familiar to generations of teachers and readers.

  • Audio Performances by Professional Shakespearean Actors. Readers can listen to full-length audio performances, commissioned specially by Folger Theatre and performed by leading Shakespearean actors, as the play text scrolls alongside. Additional audio takes provide alternative performances of key passages.

  • Expert Commentary on Key Passages.Short, lively, accessible commentaries on key moments in the play, written by the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and performers, enhance the reading experience and provide a deeper understanding of key passages.

  • User-friendly Platform Geared Towards Sharing Thoughts and Asking Questions. Users can take notes and ask questions, and share them immediately, to fuel discussion. Users can also publish their own private commentaries within the app.

  • Imagery, Videos, and Multimedia.The app includes richly annotated image galleries, videos, and multimedia learning tools that enhance the reading experience.

  • “The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app allows students, teachers, and the reading public to share their ideas about the plays,” says Folger Director Michael Witmore, “making Shakespeare’s works accessible in an entirely new way.”

    From solitary reading to generative thinking, from the classroom to the theater, the Folger Luminary Shakespeare app offers a dynamic experience to enhance our pleasure and understanding of Shakespeare’s extraordinary works.

    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 November 18, 2013.
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