Free Public Domain Books

Is it Sinful to Take Public Domain Books and Sell them for Profit?

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.

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.

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 health and fitness, you might find an old classic diet or fitness book and could easily re-package it into eBook, DVD, or audio book format.

Public Domain and Free eText Sources

Here is some resources where you can locate free public domain books and free electronic texts. I have had to remove a couple of resources from this page recently because they became worthless. They just enjoyed a free link from this page for a few years.

Project Gutenberg

Internet Public Library

Alibris

Free Public Domain Books Education

PLR - A Public Domain Alternative

Depending on what you want to achieve, and how quickly you want to achieve it, PLR Content (Private Label Rights) can be used as a sensible and flexible alternative to Public Domain because it saves a lot of time.

If you are in a hurry to create a product to sell or to give away in an autoresponder sequence, PLR Content can be considered because just like Public Domain books, you can make your own edits and put your name as the author.