September 30, 2009 10:08:11pm
Re: Faulty texts
first try adding a review, and put there about the missing pages. That is what I have seen people do.
When I upload, I always set the item, to email me if anybody adds a review. That is how to contact the uploader provided he/she set it to email them when a review was added..
Or dig into the metadata behind the http link, the file opens in a text edit or word processor, there might be a valid email address there.
It is no use telling anybody at the Archive, because they dont do the scanning, its all done by volunteers working elsewhere, at home for example, therefore the Archive management dont have the original texts.
If its an old upload, you might be out of luck, because the volunteer might no longer be around. Also the volunteer might no longer have the original, maybe giving it away. Also, some volunteers, in order to get a decent scan, destroy the binding of books that wont lie flat, after that the pages might get burnt or disposed of another way.
(Google Books has a scanner that adapts to books that wont open flat, but they scan borrowed books a lot of the time, or maybe sell the original for big bucks to a collector of old books in ordinal binding/paper (Google does have to show a profit for the share holders))
If you need the missing pages badly, you should also post a link to the book on this forum, and maybe somebody somewhere has another copy of the book, or could locate the book for you.
Don't forget, the original book that was scanned, might have had the pages already missing, so even if you contact the uploader, and if he/she still has the original, you still wont have the missing pages.
that is the point of the Archive, saving what is left, before its all gone forever, if the only copy in existence has a few pages missing, at least we saved most of the book for posterity. (I hope I got that word right)