The New Book Press publishes the WordPlay™ Shakespeare eBook series, a new edition of Shakespeare's plays that includes filmed performances embedded on the page, next to Shakespeare's words. By redefining what a "book" actually is, WordPlay™ Shakespeare eBooks help 21st century students understand and enjoy Shakespeare more easily.
Publisher and CEO Alexander Parker leads The New Book Press. An educational technologist, he has spent the last 20 years at the intersection of technology and education, developing early web-based instructional tools at Harvard University; distance education and training projects at McKinsey & Company; online liberal arts courses at the Global Education Network; and now, with The New Book Press, the next generation of multimedia books. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
David Kastan is the George George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University. He teaches broadly across the field of Renaissance literature. His primary intellectual concern is with the relations of literature and history in early modern England, considered from a variety of perspectives. Increasingly this interest has focused on the production, transmission, and reception of texts (a focus that he likes to think of as "the new boredom"). He is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare and the series editor of the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare.
The WordPlayTM Shakespeare eBook Series is designed for students and life long learners. Reading Shakespeare is hard without the cues that audience members would normally receive when watching a play. WordPlay™ redefines what a book is by putting a full, professional, filmed performance of each of Shakespeare’s plays "onto" the page, next to the play text. Easy and fun to use, WordPlay works on any device with a browser and internet connection.