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DEVELOPMENT SITE: Go to Beta for beta-testing or go to fully functioning Readux.


Readux, an open source software platform developed at Emory University, offers a web-based space to engage with digitized print materials.

The software provides a user-friendly way to publish critical editions as a stand-alone website and to develop interactive classroom projects. Think of it as a digital reading room where you can browse, search, and take notes in rare materials, then click a button to create a website with your personalized edition for personal and professional scholarly use.

This is the BETA version of Readux 2.0. If you would like to use Readux, please go to the fully functioning Readux 1.8.

Please contact the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) or email the Readux team (readux@emory.edu) to learn more.


The Emory University Beta installation of Readux 2.0 provides access to sample digitized versions of materials drawn from select collections housed in its archives to facilitate testing of Readux's features. These collections include:

  • African American literature
  • Rose Library
  • Early Northern European books
  • Views of Rome
  • Yellowback novels
  • Sounding Spirit

The Emory Libraries digitization team is happy to consider requests for materials to be added to the Readux 2.0 site. Scholars whose requests are approved should allow at least one month for processing. See application at the bottom of the ECDS Propose a Project page.

User Guide

Readux is designed for ready use through an array of platforms. Log in using your existing account with one of these channels:

  • Facebook
  • GitHub
  • Google
  • Twitter

Read. Annotate. Publish.

To follow step-by-step instructions on how to use Readux 2.0, go to the Readux 2.0 User Manual.

You can:

  • Access a page-turner reader with deep-zoom capacity
  • Send text to Voyant for web-based text analysis
  • Embed images, audio, and video in your annotations
  • Export annotated volume to standalone website built with Jekyll
  • Host website for free on GitHub Pages
  • Customize website easily
  • Store volume data in a IIIF bundle


Emory University is pleased to partner with other institutions that are interested in using Readux for their own digital repositories.

Current partnerships include:

  • The UNC Press, in collaboration with ECDS, is publishing digital scholarly editions of several songbooks in the ongoing Sounding Spirit project.
  • Sounding Spirit is also creating Readux collections of digitized books from the University of Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in addition to Emory's Pitts Theology Library.

If you have questions about using Readux or are interested in becoming a partner institution, please contact the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS).