Faber launches Shakespeare app

Faber launches Shakespeare app

Faber is in the final stages of producing a "spectacular" digital edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, in which a broad swathe of high-profile actors including David Tennant, Sir Patrick Stewart and Fiona Shaw will read each of the 154 poems to camera.

The Apple iPad app will be published within the next month, with a price likely to be on a par with Faber's previous app, T S Eliot's The Waste Land (£9.99).

Shakespeare's Sonnets has been created in a partnership with three other parties: digital publisher Touch Press, which Faber also collaborated with for The Waste Land; TV company Illuminations, which filmed the 154 sonnet readings by the act; and the authoritative Arden Shakespeare series, which has contributed its complete Arden notes on the sonnets to the edition.

Scholars including the editor of the Arden edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Katherine Duncan-Jones, also offer filmed commentary as part of the digital edition and a facsimile of the 1609 Quarto edition of the sonnets is also included.

Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page said: "The book is changing and the opportunity to claim new turf is enormous," adding that head of digital publishing Henry Volans had taken a role akin to that of a producer in brokering the partnerships.

The app has cost a "low six-figures" to create, with Faber's contribution a five-figure sum.