William Shakespeare once wrote: "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool." That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind a new line of Shakespeare e-books from Sourcebooks that seeks to demystify the playwright's work.
Called the Shakesperience and available through iTunes' iBookstore for $9.99 per title, the e-books use audio readings, a glossary, photos from notable performances and other tools to help student readers better understand Shakespeare's famously challenging texts.
Currently available for "Hamlet," "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet," the Shakesperience "came from watching people try to learn Shakespeare," said Dominique Raccah, who heads Sourcebooks, based in Naperville, Ill.
Two years ago, Raccah said, she started visiting high school and university classrooms and found that "educators were doing things like playing videos, playing games, having students role play, but as one of them told me, 'At some point, the student has to face the text,'" which, on the page, is very flat and written in a language students don't understand.