28 June 2008, dusan

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The website first appeared in February 2009.

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  1. Adrian Bankhead on August 4, 2009 10:20 am

    This is the single most amazing website that I have ever seen! Your book choice is superb – soooooooo many good books to complete my own bookshelf… how can I possibly choose what to read first when I want to read them all?! And then… you’ve posted all of the cabinets. Really? Can my eyes be deceiving me?! You make me want to cry. Cabinet is my favorite magazine in the world, that I only discovered last year. I was dizzy by the time I ran into them looking at everything else, and then, just… wow. My jaw is hanging down in disbelief. I’m constantly asking myself, how you could have possibly have found all of these amazing books?

  2. monoskop on August 6, 2009 11:00 am

    thanks Adrian! we appreciate your support very much. torrent of all the content is expected soon, which will make things much easier.

  3. Bedueutng blog on November 6, 2009 11:28 am

    HI there monoskop. First off congratulations on your collection. Second, do take a look at our blog (address above) and the ‘library’ section of bedeutung magazine: http://www.bedeutung.co.uk; you might some topical material. Third, are you purposely not publishing verso books, although they are widely available? As a gesture of camaraderie towards this publisher? or is it simply accidental?

    [this comment is not really meant to be published publicly – please respond in person]



  4. Bedeutung Blog on November 6, 2009 11:30 am

    >>corrected the blog address

    HI there monoskop. First off congratulations on your collection. Second, do take a look at our blog (address above) and the ‘library’ section of bedeutung magazine: http://www.bedeutung.co.uk; you might some topical material. Third, are you purposely not publishing verso books, although they are widely available? As a gesture of camaraderie towards this publisher? or is it simply accidental?

    [too late]



  5. Ellie K on May 4, 2010 8:31 am

    Like those that preceeded me, I commend you on this website. It is fantastic.

    But I also commend you for the delightful comment thread above. I am still laughing out loud. Thank you for all your efforts.

  6. focion on January 28, 2013 6:22 pm

    thank you very much. (!!!)

  7. A person of extraordinary taste on June 11, 2013 5:03 pm

    Just to reiterate what was noted above, this collection appears to be reading my mind. It provides a soft and portable version of a large number of books I have on my shelf already.

    It also leaves me guessing at the fingerprint of the curator. I can think of a couple of people I know who have this kind of overlap with my academic tastes, and I’m sure there are many others. Shame that the nature of the beast makes it difficult to figure out who shares an interest.

    And, I’m very happy to see my own book listed among these. Not sure it is deserving, but I consider it an honor. (I doubt my publisher would agree. :)

    +1 on a complete torrent…

  8. dadawitch on September 9, 2013 6:23 am

    this is the best – you are doing such good work i love love love

  9. Razzkazz on December 10, 2013 2:30 pm

    I was wondering about the legality of this site. I guess I know the answer but how can you share all this content at no cost? Do you have the permission of the copyright owners?

  10. Razzkazz on December 10, 2013 2:49 pm

    OK, sorry I just saw the disclaimer at the bottom. While I think this site is an amazing resource I have an uneasy feeling about plundering such an archive of material. As an example there is a lot of work written by artists and I guess downloaded by artists. I just wonder the same people would feel if their work was freely available. Libraries, another great resource are not free either. If they are not funded they close.

  11. dusan on December 10, 2013 3:08 pm

    Perhaps there is more to it than sheer economics.

  12. Razzkazz on December 10, 2013 3:19 pm

    Sure, I don’t want to sound like a killjoy but this site gets a lot of love and press on the net making it almost seem legal, almost to good to be true. I admit I don’t support free culture, I am an artist, just as we don’t live a free society. Yes, knowledge is power and all that, but creators need to get paid too. That’s were the economics come in :)

  13. dusan on December 10, 2013 3:45 pm

    There is good intention on our part, if it hits a wall, the work is taken down. Learning on the go.. and conditions are constantly changing as well.

  14. Razzkazz on December 10, 2013 4:36 pm

    Understood. But over the last few years I have noticed peoples acceptance of the idea of free culture without really thinking it through. It is not a changing landscape it HAS changed. I think if people want art and knowledge they have to pay, like any other service. These are not new ideas. I am guilty of downloading content but I am changing my attitude.

    There are always systems to allow content owners to get paid. Torrent sites and such are just greedy, not willing to share and revenues and such. There might not be a perfect solution straightaway but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to try.

  15. Elisa Leshowitz on January 6, 2014 8:16 pm

    Please kindly remove the title “A Brief History of Curating” authored by Hans Ulrich Obrist from your website as this is an unauthorized download.
    thank you,

  16. D. J. Williams on June 24, 2014 1:56 am

    Hi there– I see no E.V.Ilyenkov content up here, though I do see Spinoza, and Computation & human experience, which links the two. Mightn’t that lacuna be filled in time? And were you (I wonder idly to myself) in San Diego? If so, I wonder if may have exchanged a thought or two over Vico in days gone by.


  17. dmf on July 24, 2014 8:09 pm
  18. Carlos Ferrand on October 16, 2014 3:01 pm


    this is wonderful!
    Can I download and save the book on my desktop for further perusal?

  19. leninbert on October 13, 2015 4:42 am

    Hello. I found your site recently. Looking through archives for the last year and have found several posts of PDFs I posted elsewhere–I’m not sure if you found them from my posts, or if you picked them up from openlibrary.org — things like the German Expressionist drama anthology, the Cixous on Mandelstam, the In Transition magazine anthology, Bataille’s study on Manet, etc.
    I have not checked to see if you have also shared the Russian fiction and poetry anthologies–but openlibrary has several of these as well that I thought worth saving and disseminating.

    Whatever the case, thank you. I have found many exceptional books on your site.

  20. dusan on October 15, 2015 8:29 am

    Hello leninbert, indeed, those scans came from your posts, thanks for getting in touch and for your work! More fiction yet to follow.

  21. Claudio on December 14, 2015 4:16 pm

    Extremely helpful website. So many books, publications, photos and articles. :)
    I’ll spread the word about this among other researchers.

    Keep it going.

  22. Andrew Kemp on April 8, 2016 10:12 am

    Dear Sirs

    The Edition Peters Group/Henmar Press, Inc. are the copyright owners of the works of the composer, John Cage. It has come to our intention that you are making available an illegal copy of the John Cage Songbooks on your site: http://monoskop.org/log/?p=10772. Please note that this constitutes an infringement of our copyright and the rights of the John Cage Trust, and we require its immediate removal. You should note that making any copyright material available in this way without the consent of or a licence from the copyright owner is an infringement of copyright and a criminal act under international legislation.

  23. dusan on April 8, 2016 10:49 am

    Dear Andrew Kemp, these books were published a good half century ago and are long out of print, how shall we explain the community that they cannot even be consulted online? I supposed that providing scanned copies is doing a fair service to the legacy of John Cage.

  24. sorin on April 13, 2016 7:55 pm

    good argument Dusan!

  25. robin on August 14, 2016 12:48 am

    twice found your site when seeking obscure books I couldn’t get elsewhere, many thanks.

  26. Dan on August 16, 2017 11:51 pm

    Hi.I am a Translator and I have a book in gutenberg.org..
    My book is: Five short story from D.H.Lawrence.
    The language of book is “Farsi” or “Persian.
    Their is not a book in Farsi in Monoskop.
    I love to give the book to the Monoskop as a gift.
    What you think?
    Let me know please.
    Best Wishes.

  27. fof on February 22, 2018 11:36 am

    Philosophies of Nature after Schelling by Iain Hamilton Grant?

  28. grace on March 13, 2018 4:48 pm

    Hello Dusan!

    I am searching for Allegories of Underdevelopment: Aesthetics and Politics in Modern Brazilian Cinema by Ismail Xavier.

    Hoping to find it here. Thank you, in advance.

  29. dusan on March 14, 2018 9:42 am

    Hello Grace, here it is.

  30. dusan on March 14, 2018 9:43 am

    fof, Grant’s book is on LibGen.

  31. fof on March 14, 2018 4:37 pm

    The Mushroom at the End of the World

  32. fof on April 5, 2018 1:08 pm

    Cogwheels of the Mind: The Story of Venn Diagrams

  33. grace on April 16, 2018 4:57 pm

    Hello Dusan! Many many thanks, as always.

  34. Jurgen Swerts on June 27, 2018 8:24 pm

    I’ll found a drawing with the date 1922 and a red stamp “Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar” on the paper with the drawing and also text and numbers written onto it. Can anyone tell me something about the origine of the work please?

  35. dusan on July 2, 2018 9:43 am

    Hi Jurgen, hard to say, can you post a photograph?

  36. an author on August 9, 2019 4:14 pm

    Please stop pirating material and sharing pirated material.
    The music book world is tiny. We make very little money on writing these books, and even less for all the time that goes into conducting the research to write the books.
    Having people give the work away free is NOT helping us. We don’t tour like indie bands and make money from selling t-shirts or tickets. We don’t need the “exposure.”
    You’re putting what little money we can make in jeopardy, and while we don’t do this to make money, the publishers will stop publishing the books unless they can see a profit off it. Then where will you be?

  37. J on August 15, 2019 3:58 pm

    Hi there,

    Noticed the the current link to Otis on the Milieu page is no longer working:

    I believe this following one is the new link:

    Alternatively, this goes straight to the “Browse” page:

    Thanks for all you do!

  38. dusan on August 16, 2019 2:33 pm

    Thank you J!

  39. luisa on July 7, 2020 7:45 am

    Dear Dusan,

    Might you have Graeme Sullivan’s Art Practice as Reserach: Inquiry in Visual Arts?

    Would appreciate it so much. Stay healthy and safe!

  40. dusan on July 7, 2020 11:57 am

    Luisa, you can find several chapters here.

  41. luisa on August 28, 2020 4:06 pm

    Many, many thanks, Dusan! :)

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