The newest release of the Shakespeare app for Apple devices is out today and it has an amazing new feature—BardFind™.
BardFind is a database of theatres, festivals, and associations performing and supporting Shakespeare around the world. The venues are all fully searchable or you can just find the nearest Shakespeare theatre no matter where you are.
The proliferation of digital editions of Shakespeare's works is no doubt a great thing. Just 10 years ago when this site started, it was difficult to find them—primarily because there were really only two or three editions in the public domain. Now there is a larger selection (including the PlayShakespeare.com editions used on this site) and it's enabling students, teachers, scholars, theatre professionals, computer programmers and even the average fan to rework the bard in new ways.
At PlayShakespeare.com, we believe strongly in the philosophy of open source. When intellectual property is released to the world using an open source license, it fosters creativity and innovation in building upon those ideas, create new works, and make them better. When open source is supported, everyone benefits. That combined with creating a high quality digital edition was a driving principal in 2005 when the first version of our editions was created. It had to be free because existing editions (Arden, Riverside, Folger, etc.) were all proprietary.
What's the difference between "free" and "free"? This is a point of confusion for most people. Often the word "free" is used when promoting open source material. But free can mean several things and it's very important to distinguish the difference:"Free of charge" means you don't have to pay for it. You can download it with no cost to you at all."Freedom to use" means you can do whatever you want with it—adapt it, give it away, sell it, etc.
Just because you have #1 doesn't automatically mean you have #2 (and vice-versa). The definition of "open source" is defined by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and the Freedom Software Foundation (FSF). In short, the definition of open source doesn't mean the source code is freely available to download. This is a common misconception. Open source defines the conditions of usage of that source code. If that usage is restricted (especially commercially), it's not open source.
There are a few "free" editions of Shakespeare's works available on the Internet. Here are the three most popular:
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Hello PlayShakespeare community!
My name is Christopher Adams, and I am the new editor for PlayShakespeare. I am excited about the opportunity to work with PlayShakespeare as it enters the new year and looks forward to expanding its scope, both in the US and elsewhere.
In 2011, PlayShakespeare hopes to add reviewers in several cities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK, helping to generate a greater number of reviews and creating a deeper understanding of Shakespearean performance. In the more distant future, the site seeks to become, truly, the place of record for global Shakespearean performance, first focusing on the English-speaking world and then branching into areas further afield. So be on the look-out for reviewer postings in your city.
Additionally, the site is looking to have its finger on the pulse of Shakespearean/Shakespeare-related events by offering book, film, and exhibition reviews.
Already in January our reviewers are scheduled to cover shows in California (Hamlet Has No Legs), New York (Cymbeline, Midsummer Night's Dream), and London. Ron Severdia has already offered his take on the Julie Taymor-directed Tempest (starring Helen Mirren) and Mary Maher's book Actors Talk About Shakespeare.