Digital editions advance intensive research by scholarly specialists, serve as teaching tools in the classroom or exhibition gallery, and record and preserve the valuable contents of special collections. Acting as the publisher of a digital edition ensures that the finished work promotes the goals of your organization while enhancing the reputation of your collection.
   Research tools  Many libraries and institutions are affiliated with scholars and researchers who depend on access to special collections for their work. Providing digital editions of frequently requested items reduces the handling of rare and fragile materials while the high-resolution images themselves present new avenues of research. Digital editions are also an economical alternative to publishing scholarly findings in printed form; this is especially true when text searchability is desired and when high-resolution images of primary sources are essential to the presentation of academic research.
   Exhibit & collection education  42-line creates digital presentations delivered on CDs or DVDs for sale as adjuncts to exhibits; as well, we produce web-based exhibits and interactive kiosks that help visitors understand exhibition particulars or that serve as a general guide to an entire collection. These formats accommodate extensive supplemental information and imagery that are often impractical to produce in printed form.
   Broader access  Libraries, institutions, and foundations can initiate a digital publishing program that will not only highlight their most important holdings but satisfy publication mandates. Larger institutions with on-site or online sales outlets can rely on digital editions to provide a steady revenue source while reaching an increasingly larger audience. Digital editions can also be created to celebrate prestigious intellectual achievements, to acknowledge generous donors, or to mark an important anniversary.


Detail of title page. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution… (New York, 1788).

Detail of a miniature of Christ before Pilate, from a Book of Hours (Use of Paris, in Latin and French) manuscript on vellum. Paris, ca. 1480.

Contemporary annotations (detail) from Ranulphus Higden, Polychronicon, printed by William Caxton. Westminster, 1482.