finding texts

finding texts

Simon Browne

see also acquiring/removing, downloading, searching/browsing

Most often, acquisition requests are as mundane as someone asking if the library has a particular text. A quick search online produces a digital file as a result. The provenance of these texts is buried in the file paths of the uploader’s computer, and the computers before it. Texts are acquired by any means necessary, through a social network, or through a digital network of so-called “shadow libraries” and groups of sympathetic readers. It’s often surprising how fast an unknown fellow reader will respond to a request for a text via certain groups operating on social media websites. Type F to follow this post.


Image: Flow chart from Facebook group Ask for PDFs from People with Institutional Access

Flow chart from Facebook group <em>Ask for PDFs from People with Institutional Access</em>