I’ve noticed a trend recently of publishing full-text versions of various Foucault-related books online. Nowadays anyone with a scanner and Acrobat can upload a searchable OCR full-text pdf of say Security, Territory, Population (which floated around the internet last year) or today’s example, Foucault by Gilles Deleuze.
I’m in two minds about these. On the one hand they’re presumably illegal and take away sales (?) from small-press or university publishers (Minnesota in the case of the Deleuze).
On the other they are great for research because they are searchable. So if say you want to find references to a particular topic, a half-remembered quote, or a specific keyword they are very valuable. There is a demand for them. The top-read post on this blog is a link to the (legal) full-text of “What is an author?”
A solution would be for publishers to make these available for sale. Presumably they are afraid of them escaping into the wild. But that argument is in practice being by-passed by these folks providing pdfs of their scanned copies.
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