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Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library goes digital | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2014


A digital “rebirth” for the series of Greek and Roman classics (Harvard University Press makes all 520 volumes of the Loeb Classical Library accessible online.

Source: harvardmagazine.com

Here is what we could do if copyright had not been so overextended.  Loeb’s classical library, envisioned to "easily fit in readers’ coat pockets", not is available online.  The reader app "will enable readers to search for words and phrases across the entire corpus, to annotate content, to share notes and reading lists with others, and to create their own libraries using personal workspaces."  I like the ability to see the Greek and the English translation side-by-side.  For scholars of these texts, this is necessary.

Now, this will not be freely available – it will be available by subscription to institutions & libraries.  Given that it cost over $1M to create, this would not be unreasonable.  I’m wondering – what is Harvard’s reputation for pricing?  Is this "a money-maker" or a "cost-recovery"?

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