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Going Digital with William Shakespeare

The whole world has, for lack of a better, gone digital. This isn’t a chameleon shift either. For many companies and people, it is a permanent change, as permanent as evolution. In fact, it is a lot like evolution – a digital evolution. Browning your neighborhood newsstand is proof enough. Most of those magazines have gone digital or, at least, have a digital counterpart to their print version. The ones who haven’t “gone digital” will soon have to, if they want to maximize sales and exposure. Going digital is necessary for simply surviving and thriving. Even writers from the 16th and 17th centuries are digitizing themselves and their work.

The Bard of Avon has undergone the transformation. “The Bard of Avon,” you might be saying to yourself, “Who’s that?” Well, this line should ring a bell – “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep.” Yes, that is from The Tempest and we’re referring to William Shakespeare. While the Bard’s work has long been available online and on smartphones, the largest collection of his work will soon evolve and be available to the masses.

In the article, “Folger Shakespeare Library’s collection going fully digital,” the BBC reports, “Next month, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC will release a series of apps that will broaden access to thousands of original books and manuscripts from Shakespearean England.”

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Students, teachers, researchers and other interested parties will have a wealth of material just a click away, through apps. We’re not talking just the plays, but the actual manuscripts themselves in addition to out-of-print books and first editions. It is a remarkable collection, sure to make every Shakespeare fan drool all over their smartphones – a Shakespeare library in the palm of your hand, at the bottom of your pocket! You can’t beat that.

If the Folger Shakespeare Library is doing it, why aren’t you? Do you or your company have the need to digitally publish magazines, newspapers, flyers, catalogues, books or promotional booklets? At MediaWire™, we make it possible for any paper content to be transformed, also offering a way to track the habits of your readership and clients. So, what are you waiting for? Shakespeare is doing it! After all, we are such stuff as digital dreams are made on…