In the past we’ve spoken of the ideal Shakespeare collection to carry around with you, particularly on a digital device. Well, Oxford University has just provided us a new and exciting offering by providing free EPUB versions of the 36 original First Folio texts:
I’ve literally just started pulling these down in the last few minutes so I haven’t had a chance to really let it sink in. Unfortunately due to the nature of the medium, they’ve basically translated the original to a usable font and what you end up left with looks like a badly spelled version of what you read in high school.
What I’m still hoping for one of these days is for someone to properly combine scans of the images, with the ability to treat them as text – copy and paste, highlight, search, all that good stuff. But I think that when we lose the original images, where we can no longer see the line breaks and such and fully appreciate the flow of the whole, it’s just not the same.
Still, though! A step in the right direction!