Call your friends, call your
family, The Tunnel has made its appearance on the interwebs.
I read this book a couple of months back and I was taken completely aback by it. It's got more text gimmics than you could count (and was published 5 years before Mark Meme Danielewski's House of Leaves), an almost infinite amount of limericks about a promiscuous nun, and a plot which is as gripping as it is hard to follow.
I borrowed it from the local library and scanned it because 1. more people should read it and 2. I know all of you fags are too lazy to do it.
It's a 70MB pdf file, already compressed from a 400MB original. If anyone complains about the size, I'll have to make crude yo momma jokes and tell them
>Year of our Lord 2016
>Complaining about file size
Happy reading, /lit/.
OP here. I don't know what artifacts are, but I feel bad they're there (I guess). Uploading the original version now but it's going to take a while.
>mfw when 100Kb/s
>should be averaging 2Mb/s, like it did for the version in OP
OCR is going to have a hard time with it, I'm afraid. The copy I scanned was a hardcover, which means the middle of the page was always a bit bended. I tried to OCR a page to see what would happen, and the word(s) closest to the middle were always garbled.
I'd contriboot to making an epub version, but I have no idea how that shit works, plus you'd have to have a pretty extensive knowledge of fonts and shit. It could be done, but it'd be a massive undertaking.
I made an epub from a scanned pdf of Joseph and His Brothers and can confirm that it's troublesome. In your case even more because the quality of scanned book is shifty so the OCR won't work well.
Not me but here's how:
1-Split and crop, with a tool such as Briss
2-Export to a series of tiff files, then clean and and apply a threshold filter in a program such as photoshop or imagemagick
3-Reassemble using Acrobat, then run OCR to make the fonts smooth and enable searching.
His prose is better than Joyce's, for one. Here's one of his more tame sentences:
My mother put her hand on my head/neck/back--tip, tip, tap--lightly like a benediction, sanding my skin with glass.
Ok, I uploaded this to Libgen. Question: how do I find out all those stuff?
I do own a paper copy. I've never actually downloaded a novel before but I might at some point just to have a more portable version since I move a lot and might be storing my books. I frequently download textbooks in addition to purchasing physical copies so I can digitally search them as well as ensuring that I can always access it in my office and at home without carrying it around.
>support the author
more like support his estate, which I'm not inclined to do
One "best-selling author of trade paperbacks -- per Google Answers -- receives 12.5% of net sales on the first 10,000 books, 15% thereafter. Net refers to publishers net income, slightly < 1/2 of the cover price. On $25 book, author on average receives $1.50/copy."
Very hard work and low pay especially if ppl pirate your books.
OP here. I actually own a copy of the book, but mine is covered in notes (many of which are embarassingly misguided, in retrospect) so I didn't want to scan in that one.
I believe sales for this obscure book (released in 1995, after all) have more or less petered out. The few readers that will download this book will probably not make enough of an impact anyway.
You're right though. Filthy pirates, each and every one of them. >>7587790 is an upstanding human being.
Ah, if only the Wikipedia were still around.
Out of interest, is there a way for me to check how many people have downloaded this?
Well, the plot revolves around a history professor who is trying to write an introduction to his magnum opus, but he finds himself incapable of writing in a structured and objective fashion; so, instead, he writes about his life, his wife, his coworkers, and other personal things. It is important when you read it to understand that the main character is Gass in most ways: just like Gass, he grew up in a small town with an angry father and an alcoholic mother; just like Gass, he is angry about almost everything.
So, is there any point in reading it if you don't know anything about Gass?
Also, I seem to recall he's trying to write a book about Hitler's germany. Seems similar to the protagonist in DeLillo's White Noise, no?