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~73% of books published 1924-63 are now in the public domain

Posted: August 30th, 2019, 3:31 pm
by adewade
Hello Librivoxers!

First off, I just wanted to thank you all for all the work you've done at giving these works new life -- I've greatly enjoyed listening to a lot of what you do.

Secondly, I wondered if y'all were aware of this recent exploration in public domain works: https://boingboing.net/2019/08/01/80pct-pd.html
"Fun facts" are, sadly, often less than fun. But here's a genuinely fun fact: most books published in the US before 1964 are in the public domain! Back then, you had to send in a form to get a second 28-year copyright term, and most people didn't bother.
I haven't yet found a great way to search through these results, but there should be some gems in there!

Cheers,
A. W.

Re: ~73% of books published 1924-63 are now in the public domain

Posted: August 30th, 2019, 4:07 pm
by TriciaG
Yes, we're aware. And if HathiTrust makes these works Full View, or if they're offered by Gutenberg.org, we can use 'em. :) See our text policy in this post, pinned to the top of this forum thread listing: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72912

Re: ~73% of books published 1924-63 are now in the public domain

Posted: August 30th, 2019, 9:44 pm
by adewade
Oh good!

Re: ~73% of books published 1924-63 are now in the public domain

Posted: August 31st, 2019, 11:46 am
by prosfilaes
As someone who has spent sometime looking up non-renewed books, most people won't get that feeling from their samples. Most of the A-list authors and most of the A-list books were renewed. E.g. I did "A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies" for Gutenberg, but looking at fiction authors I know of and old fiction books at the used book store rarely comes up with anything.

Re: ~73% of books published 1924-63 are now in the public domain

Posted: October 4th, 2019, 6:52 am
by Jmbau13
And only in the US if so, not everywhere in the world 😉 Just speaking up as one of those people who is not in the US.