"Margaret Guroff's handsome online edition of Moby-Dick offers pithy explanations of terms and references you might stumble over, and lays them in the margin alongside the text. No doubt scholars will quibble over the annotations, but at first blush, to this lay reader, they seem both more navigable and less obtrusive than print edition footnotes.
"Suitable for reading on your iPhone during passive commutes then rising exalted to peer over your fellow subway passengers."
Terry Teachout, About Last Night
"This is an amazing contribution. On behalf of readers everywhere, Meg, thanks!"
Carla Beard, Web English Teacher
"A very useful resource."
Linda Holmes, Monkey See, NPR
"Surely this is the best Internet adaptation of a classic yet ...
an excellent example of how to exploit the hypertext capacities of web browsers to complement the text of a novel with notes, explanations of words, interpretative points, etc."
Xavier Caballé, Diari d'un llibre vell (in Catalán)
"A charming site worthy of recognition. This online edition of Moby-Dick is attractive and amazingly comfortable to read... Simply enjoyable!"
Kinneret Zmora Dvir Publishing House blog (in Hebrew)
"I really like this elegantly annotated online version of Moby-Dick. Simple and well designed."
Brian Cassidy, Book Patrol
"No excuse not to read it now, is there? I think this very clever. It even has a glossary."
Joyce Godsey, Bibliophile Bookpen
"A good example of what an annotated edition of a classic can be .... The design is very simple, giving prominence to the text and providing the reader with valuable information that complements the reading of the novel. Design allows a "clean" display of the text, hiding the annotations, or a full view with all the comments .... An excellent example of the potential such publications have."
Juliana Boersner, Papel en Blanco (in Spanish)
"I have not seen a website use this form of notation before, but it definitely works."
Andrew Simone, Clusterflock
"Really quite attractively designed."
Paul Constant, The Stranger
"An impressively comprehensive piece of scholarship."
Minnesotan, Tywkiwdbi blog
"Reports of the Web's harmful effects upon reading habits have been greatly overstated. Two recent online projects sufficiently demonstrate that we're only just beginning to understand what the Web can do. The first is Power Moby-Dick ..."
Edward Champion, Edward Champion's Reluctant Habits
"Reading Moby-Dick can be pleasant, something that doesn't happen with all online books.... A very simple index directs you to very readable chapters with helpful notes about certain words. Stupendous for practicing English."
El bibliómano (in Spanish)
"If this is how classics can look in the computer age, I'm all for it. People will likely visit Gawker in greater numbers, but at least they have the option for something better."
John M. Williams, A Special Way of Being Afraid
"Moby-Dick annotated in a very accessible way. Incredibly useful full-text search, extra resources for students, wallpaper, and lots of extras."
Terry Elliot, The English Majors' Blog
"I adore this magnificent annotated online edition of Moby-Dick. I would love to do something similar for David Copperfield or Great Expectations."
Gayla, Beautiful Screaming Lady
"The website holds forth hope to high school students across America and anyone else who wants to actually read this leviathan novel."
"Excellent ... slick work."
Mr. Holfznagel, Who2
"Why are we recommending this site? Because we're book geeks, that's why. Actually, we'll confess to never having read the novel.... Still, Meg's site has charmed us enough that we're tempted to take another try."
Austin Allen, The Abbeville Manual of Style, Abbeville Press
"All of the references are quickly delineated. Strange words are defined and this book has a ton of strange words. It truly does make it more readable."
Matt Butcher, My Moby Dick
"Check out this awesome site for an annotated online version of Moby-Dick, filled to the gills (so to speak) with interesting references and definitions. Highly recommended by yours truly."
Tom Lichtenberg, Pigeon Weather
"A superannotated version of the immense Melville ubertome about love, loss, baleen, and vengeance."
Geoff Brown, Laser Pants
"What a great way to read a book.... If you teach Moby-Dick or you just enjoy the book, be sure to explore this site!"
Jo Schiffbauer, Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
"Thar She Blows! Moby Monday on the Horizon," podcast by Peter Mello, Sea-Fever, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, May 11, 2009
"In the Belly of the Whale," by Margaret Guroff, Urbanite magazine, Baltimore, Maryland, December 2008
"Call Me Meg" by Robert White, Johns Hopkins magazine, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2008 (PDF, bottom of page)
Smart Talk Q&A with Margaret Guroff, Smart Woman magazine, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2008