Folger Digital Texts

Folger Digital Texts offer meticulously edited versions of Shakespeare’s plays and poems in a clear, readable format with the added power of sophisticated coding. Folger Digital Texts—including full source code—can also be downloaded for free in PDF and XML formats for noncommercial use.

Read, search, and enjoy

The plays and poems in Folger Digital Texts are taken from the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, edited by scholars Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine and published by Simon & Schuster.

Folger Digital Texts have the same page numbers and layouts as the Folger print editions, so it’s simple to use the two together. Folger Digital Texts’ clean, elegant display is customized for desktop, tablet, and mobile viewing. The built-in reader has extensive search options, including the ability to search multiple texts for a phrase or word.

Download the code

Powerful coding works behind the scenes makes the plays and poems easy to read, search, and index—and lays the groundwork for new features in the future.

The full source code of the texts may be downloaded by researchers and developers for free—a major time-saver for scholarly research, app development, and other projects.

By sharing the coded text, the Folger hopes to significantly advance digital humanities research into the works of Shakespeare and other writers of his time.

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