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July 26, 2007 6:24 AM   Subscribe

The Reading Experience Database is collecting information about 'what British people read, where and when they read it, and what they thought of it' between 1450 and 1945. You can sample the database by searching for reader responses to (e.g.) Shakespeare or Dickens or Karl Marx, or to newspapers in general. It's a collaborative project, open to everyone, so why not contribute?
posted by verstegan (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Interesting stuff.
posted by ninebelow at 7:27 AM on July 26, 2007

Who knows, in four or five years time you may be able to type in ‘Kant’ and ‘1800-1830’ and find out who during that period really read the Critique of Pure Reason.
It might be curious to see that, for a specialist doing research. What wisdom or insights this reveals otherwise just a lot of knowledge trivia. It's like the LibraryThing Zeitgeist.
posted by stbalbach at 8:34 AM on July 26, 2007

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