June 20, 2006

Googling Shakespeare

"And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss." -- Two Gentlemen of Verona

After pulling that whole "censoring themselves in China" thing, it didn't take long for Google to worm their way back into my heart, especially now that I've found their Shakespeare search site. It lets you canvas the bard's plays for quotes on any subject imaginable (Forsooth, how this technology might have saved my ass 10 years ago as an undergrad English major, fumbling through the index of that honkin' Riverside Shakespeare anthology....) -- Amy

1 comment:

  1. The problems that are confronting Google as it attempts to digitize Shakespeare's works (as well as other books) is best summed up by the blog "Reflective Librarian" and his posting at http://reflectivelibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/06/google-botches-shakespeare-ebooks.html

    His posting explains the many problems with Google books, its short comings, and its many problems……sloppiness being the biggest one. Another blogger who states the same thing is Bill Trippe located at http://www.billtrippe.com/archives/2006/06/google_hacks_to.html

    I should know because I have been involved in producing ebooks on the web for a number of years. (see http://www.bookyards.com ). When Google announced their digital project, I felt that there was no longer any purpose in doing our digital project. This perception was wrong....Google's project is too ambitious, resulting in the confusion and mess that it finds itself presently in.

    If you want Shakespeare (for free), just go to

    We have also compiled a good collection of other digital libraries with books available for downloading. Just go to Bookyards “Library Collections - E Books” at http://www.bookyards.com/links.html?type=links&category_id=1780
    There are approximately 350 digital libraries separated alphabetically and by category, with over 200,000 ebooks......ebooks that are vastly superior and better organized than what Google books is offering.