SIMON & SCHUSTER AND FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY TEAM WITH LUMINARY DIGITAL MEDIA TO CREATE INTERACTIVE SHAKESPEARE APPS
Simon & Schuster and Folger Shakespeare Library announced 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 Shakespeare Editions 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 allows readers to customize their own experience and connect instantly with friends, classmates, and colleagues worldwide.
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.
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