Sometimes I need books. And sometimes less so.
I’m about to do something which seems totally unnatural to me.
I’m going to destroy a book.
I bought it for the purpose. It’s a cheap modern translation of Quintus Curtius in paperback.
But I don’t want the paper book at all. What I want is a PDF, which is searchable, and which I can use for reference.
But I can’t buy one of those. Nor can I find one on the web.
So … strategy is to buy a paperback, chop it up, feed it through a scanner, and, hey presto, I have a PDF. Which is what I actually wanted.
Of course I can’t circulate the PDF. And, under Thayer’s Law, I wouldn’t dream of doing so anyway.
But it would be useful to me to have it, as a reference.
You know, I can imagine a bunch of students doing this. And sharing the PDF among them.
So … why can’t I buy a PDF of the thing?
I can buy a Kindle version. But can I turn that into a PDF?
Perhaps I should experiment…
- Bill Thayer is not going to upload an English translation of Quintus Curtius, because QC is used by Latin classes all over the world, and the translation would simply be a way for boys to cheat!↩