Category Archives: Manuscripts

Bits and Pieces

1609 Shakespeare’s Pericles with corrections It was popular enough that there were 2 editions printed in 1609.

Annotated books online This looks really intriguing, although I haven’t had time to delve into it too deeply. It’s a collaborative academic project based in the Netherlands that will let people work on digital editions of annotated early modern (“first three centuries of print”) works.

And for brand new work:

Prof Hacker’s recent column on tools for creating ebook content  is fairly short but has a few links and notes if you haven’t worked with things like this before.

Here’s a bit of a long read from the New Yorker on the recent commercial plagiarism case involving a spy novel that Random House published that was cobbled together from other spy novels. It includes an account of how the “author” composed and revised it and raises questions about the nature of authorship, editorship, and remix.


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Only for Apple. Sigh.

So.  Amazing looking new digitzed works available from the British Library. With a catch.  You have to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod to view them.

Well, this is annoying.  Because why would I want to be able to look at The Luttrell Psalter, William Tyndale’s New Testament or Sultan Baybar’s Qur’an on the large monitor on my desktop (hooked to a Windows PC) </sarcasm>?

Following the links to the site turns up the following comment from the FAQ:

“Why is this just for Apple devices?
We believe that, for now, the iPad and iBooks combination provides the best way to experience these amazing books. We’re keeping a close eye on both the Kindle, Android and Windows tablet offerings, and when something compelling emerges, we’ll support it.”

On the other hand, the Royal Manuscripts catalog, also from the British Library, is at least available for Android as well as Apple.

Either way, they don’t mention desktops.  And I’m sure that my Windows 7 tablet could, from a hardware point of view, display the works just fine.  But I suspect that it has to do with maintaing control over the images rather than my viewing experience and Apple’s restrictive tendencies work well for that.

The pretty:

Luttrell Psalter

Luttrell Psalter on iPad

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