Public Domain Books and
Free Electronic Texts
When a work is in the public domain, it means that the work is free to use without paying royalties.
Some people publish and sell public domain titles and make a good living out of it while other "creative plagiarizers" wrap their own words around the original work and get rich by re-naming the work and claiming it as their own. This is commonly known as creating derivative works. (I call it a destruction of history.)
These resources are handy if you want to read free books online or wish to publish a regular book or an ebook. It helps if you know what you are looking for. For example, if you know that a particular title's copyright has expired, it's pretty easy to find it by title or author through your favorite search engine.
On the other hand, if you have defined a market for a particular interest, you can just browse around the public domain sources to create a product that matches your market. For example, if your target market is kids and children, you might find an old classic children's book and you could easily re-package it into eBook, DVD, or audio book format.
Public Domain and Free eText Sources
Here are a few resources where you can locate free public domain books and free electronic texts.
Reveals how to find, re-package and sell public domain content as your own money making information product.
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net/)
Project Gutenberg claims to be the Internet's oldest producer or ebooks or electronic texts. You can search their database by title, author or subject. The subject field comes in handy if you are looking to create products for a target market. The site has full instructions on how to define your search and files can be viewed in text format online or you can download zipped texts to your hard drive.
Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org/div/books/)
Has over 20, 000 titles you can browse. Search by author or title. The books can be viewed online in txt or html and zip versions of each format can be downloaded. The download links do not open in a new window so you might like to right mouse click on the download links and select the "save as" option to download.
Search eBooks (http://www.searchebooks.com/)
Seems to have thousands of texts available to read online. You have one search field. Results shown provide two links for each result. One to read the text and the other is the home page of the provider. If you have difficulty finding what you want while searching more than one word, try closing the search string with "inverted commas" as this will produce a different result.
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