Bibliography

Biblio Citation Abstract
Cook, J. Ellis, & Cook K. (2013).  Building a Community of Readers: Social Reading and an Aggregated {eBook} Reading App for Libraries. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

This article discusses how the rise of digital books has created an opportunity for social reading. However, because ebooks are currently read on various and unconnected platforms, this opportunity to connect readers has yet to be leveraged. Cook and Cook propose in this article the creation of a multi-platform reading application called "Book Bench." Book Bench facilitates social reading by combining "the convenience of Kindle highlights with the discussion capability of Goodreads." Cook and Cook argue that it is important to promote real-time reading interactions where individuals discuss the book as they read rather than only once they have finished the text - encouraging people to connect "inside the pages of a book." They argue that this is the future of reading.

Crane, G., & Rydberg-Cox J. A. (2000).  New Technology and New Roles: The Need for "Corpus Editors". Proceedings of the Fifth {ACM} Conference on Digital Libraries. 252–253.

This article discusses the new set of skills necessary for an editor in the digital age, specifically focusing on the corpus editor who is unable to manually work through each document in the collection due to its size. Crane and Rydberg-Cox argue for the importance of creating proper graduate education for these editors to develop the necessary skills to work with machines that perform tasks such as automatic tagging of elements of the text. The technology for employing such automated tasks exists and the corpus editor should have computational competence and area knowledge to maneuver it into handling tasks of varying difficulty and setting the necessary prerequisites for different fields. Working with these digital techniques and having the corpus editor surveying the results when necessary and editing more complicated parts instead would go a far way into improving the practice. The Perseus library started taking steps in this direction by supporting postgraduate scholars, but they call for a more comprehensive approach to fill this gap.

Robinson, P. (2005).  Current issues in making digital editions of medieval texts–or, do electronic scholarly editions have a future?. Digital Medievalist. 1,

This article takes a look back at the last ten years of digital edition building and evaluates the future possibilities of this scholarly endeavour. Generally, major print editions have been skeptical about shifting to the digital. Oftentimes "token electronic editions" are published in conjunction with print materials but they really only function as supplementary and mostly consist of flat, plain-text files. This indeed falls short of the original buzz and hope for electronic editions that burgeoned in the later 1990s. Robinson questions how digital editions have been successful and also how they have yet to achieve their potential. Overall, Robinson asserts that digital editions have been less successful than originally anticipated given two major problems: the lack of easy-to-use tools and the lack of support from major publishing houses. As a way forward, Robinson confirms that the potential originally seen in digital editions remains valid. In the future, scholars should be trained in both print and digital editing practices in order to select the appropriate medium for their edition - hopefully as tools develop and opportunities grow, the obvious choice will be the digital.

Price, K. M. (2013).  Electronic Scholarly Editions. (Siemens, R., & Schreibman S., Ed.).A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. 434–450.

This Companion offers an extensive examination of how new technologies are changing the nature of literary studies, from scholarly editing and literary criticism, to interactive fiction and immersive environments. A complete overview exploring the application of computing in literary studies Includes the seminal writings from the field Focuses on methods and perspectives, new genres, formatting issues, and best practices for digital preservation Explores the new genres of hypertext literature, installations, gaming, and web blogs The Appendix serves as an annotated bibliography

Honkapohja, A., Kaislaniemi S., & Marttila V. (2009).  Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Representing manuscript reality in electronic corpora. Language and Computers. 68, 451–475.

This paper introduces a new project, Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics (DECL), which aims at creating a framework for producing online editions of historical manuscripts. The project emerged out of the authors' mutual dissatisfaction with the current tools and resources for building editions, the failure of current digital editions to archives specific goals, and the overwhelming need for a user-friendly interface for edition building. The objective of DECL is to develop a tool that allows users to create XML-based editions of a wide range of manuscripts. The tool is based on three main values: flexibility, transparency, and expandability. In this article, the authors discuss some of the interventions and objectives of the project, including developing editorial principles, predetermining a research focus, and documenting limitations.