• a free/open annotation platform that allows users to leave comments on nearly any content published on the web, from blogs like this one to magazines like the Atlantic to scholarly articles. Moreover, you can see others’ annotations and comment on the comments. The platform is built into our site via plugin: to annotate etexts on our site, you just need to create an account at To annotate other texts, Chrome users can install an extension, and  users of other browsers can use a bookmarklet.
  • Audacity: a useful, robust, free audio recording app that you may wish to use for our audiobook assignment. It takes a bit of tinkering to get the hang of it, but it’s very powerful.
  • Manifold Publishing: a robust publishing platform we’re likely to use for our “annotated edition” project. Developed by and for scholars, it reimagines publishing, with affordances such as versioning, reader comments and highlights, and diverse ways to link multimedia resources to written texts.

Melville/Toomer resources:

  • Melville Electronic Library
  • Melville’s Marginalia: collection of Melville’s books with page images and summaries of every comment and marking he scribbled in the margins (where possible to decipher).
  • Moby Dick at Sea: Twitter bot created by Mark Sample that spouts (sorry) a sentence from Moby Dick every two hours.
  • Amardeep Singh’s Cane edition: marvelous project using the Scalar publishing platform that republished Jean Toomer’s landmark 1923 novel/story cycle from the New Negro Movement.