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How can I download the book Hamlet, a real book?I need the book Hamlet.   I know...

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sadnesss | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted July 9, 2010 at 5:15 AM via web

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How can I download the book Hamlet, a real book?

I need the book Hamlet.   I know there are many on the net but I need a real book with the name of writer and publisher and date and place. I need it as a reference for my paper

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sfwriter | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 9, 2010 at 6:24 AM (Answer #1)

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A very easy (and time-saving!) way to access facsimiles of real books is Google.  Go to the Google home page, and point your mouse over the top left.  Where it says "more" there is a drop-down menu that says "Books".  I believe the direct address is books.google.com.

Type in the title in the search box, and you will find a list of scanned "real", that is, physical books in electronic form.  These are really just photographs of all the pages (and even the covers, sometimes) of actual books.  They are usually very readable.  The ones that are post-copyright (such as The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark) will have many copies from various publishers.  The ones that are available in "full view" are almost always the older editions, but for most puposes the edition of a Shakespeare play makes little difference.

Once you are in the selected book, you can "turn" the pages to the copyright/publisher page and the title page, and get all the information that you like.  Check with your teacher, but using an edition like this is usually no different in a research paper than using an actual physical book.  Your teacher may want the web address where you accessed the book, and the date, etc, but you quote pages just as you would a normal book.  This can be a big time-saver when you can't get to the library, or the books you need are unavailable.  You'll be surprised at how many, many books are available on Google books. 

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