With timeless texts and cutting-edge code, the Folger Shakespeare is your go-to source for high-quality, authoritative texts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, and poems. In addition to having Shakespeare’s works available to read online, we are pleased to offer free downloadable files of the Folger Shakespeare texts in six digital formats: PDF, DOC (for Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Apache Open Office, etc.), HTML, TXT (i.e., plain text), XML, and TEI Simple. These files are free to use for all non-commercial purposes.
Each file type presents different advantages depending on your needs, whether you are a reader, student, educator, researcher, theater professional, or digital developer. To help determine which digital format would best serve your purposes, please refer to our usage guidelines for more comprehensive information on each file type’s features and limitations.