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The Distant Reader

The Distant Reader is both a command-line application and a Web-based service enabling the student, researcher, or scholar to read books and articles at scale. It is designed for:

  • college students getting their heads around the totality of their assigned readings
  • graduate students needing to understand every item in a dissertation's bibliography
  • researchers writing a literature review, or
  • scholars comparing & contrasting the complete works of a given author or genre

Browse or search the "stacks" or the indexes to download sample content.

Or login, and then create study carrels from zip files, or search the Reader's index, and create carrels from the results.

Links to learn more: original paper, documentation, source code, blog postings, entertaining radio interview, screen-play and movie, hands-on workshop.

Thank you for using the Distant Reader.

Eric Lease Morgan <>
Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarhip
University of Notre Dame

February 5, 2024