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I am not a lawyer, but: If the text is in the public domain, then yes, you can use it. Be sure that it really is in the public domain, though—copyright lasts for a very long time. Also bear in mind that if the text is annotated, translated, or altered in any other way, or if it's a collection of public domain works, there may be further complications. If you ...


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The internet archive https://archive.org/ lists both works they host as well as works in other libraries. While most (all?) of the ebook are available without cost the majority are public domain works, there are also many Create Commons & fair-use works. There is not a good way to search for only PD works, but due to the type of results returned that ...


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If you're looking specifically for public domain/open licensed works rather than simply works that are available for free, you can always use Google's Advanced Search options to find works that are filtered by usage rights--you can select: Free to use or share Free to use or share, even commercially Free to use, share, or modify Free to use, share, or ...


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If it really is public domain you are free to do whatever you want*. You should keep in mind some things: The fact that it is free does not mean that it is public domain. It could also be licensed under Creative Commons or something similar. Publishing it could then be illegal under some circumstances. Examples would be omitting the license, selling a CC-...


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The publisher does not own the copyright unless they create the work--the author does. In traditional publishing, the author typically gives a world-wide exclusive license to use the copyright to the publisher, though many small and mid-sized presses will only ask for rights to the areas or languages they distribute in. If the publisher goes out of business ...


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Assuming the US Citizen is in the US then almost always yes it is illegal. Downloading a copy for personal use to an ebook device while in the US Yes the US copyright law prohibits the downloading of works that are protected by copyright in the US from foreign servers that do not have permission to distribute the copyright protected material in the US. ...


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There is the following website called JustFreeBooks. It has public domain texts, open books, free audio books and ad-supported books. When searching for a specific title for exemple The Iliad by Homer, a list will appear with links to different websites that have this classic book.


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Apart from Internet Archive mentioned by Mr. Jenkins: https://archive.org/ You could try Project Gutenburg, which has a search bar on the top left hand corner: http://www.gutenberg.org/ Their site says: Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry ...


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Both existing answers are mostly correct. To expand a little: Copyright laws vary by country. For example, Wikisource contains works that are considered public domain by United States law. BUT that site also carries works that are published under Creative Commons licenses. Then there is Wikilivres, which contains works that are public domain in Canada ...


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Keep in mind that even if a text is freely reusable (like those on Wikipedia) there could be a copyright on it (in that case, you should cite the source and publish your work under the same license) So: yes, if the original text is in public domain you may package it for a Kindle, and even sell it; but first check thoroughly whether the text is really in ...


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I am not sure what you consider an interesting book. That depends much on the reader. Anyway, I edited your question to remove the reference to "interesting books", since it is a matter of opinion and as such is generally a proscribed issue on StackExchange. Asking for, or giving a list of places where you can find free ebooks is also proscribed, as it can ...


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Download a PDF of the book and take it to Kinko's (in the US) which will print one-off books for you. Office stores like Office Max also have low-volume printing services there too. Professional printing companies will generally charge you a lot more because there is a lot more setup involved with their machines. One type of soft cover book in the US is ...


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You can print the file easily with lulu.com as a printed book. I believe they have a manufacturing facility in the U.S. and the U.K. and can ship globally. The fact that your pdf is an image file makes no difference. Keep in mind that if your book is in manuscript format you will have to do a bit of tweaking if you want it printed in common stock book sizes. ...


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The translations present in Wikisource are under a CC-BY-SA license, which means that you may freely use them in a book you make, provided you let people do the same with your derivative work. (The translations themselves were possible because the works of Mark Twain are in the public domain) In practice, you should put in the colophon something like "Text ...


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Practically speaking, the answer is that wikisource's texts have terms similar (and possibly identical) to the public domain, although it is not always identical to public domain. Sourcetext on wikisource is creative commons attribution share alike (BY-SA), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/...


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