Essays in PD?

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Post by acagastya » December 30th, 2019, 11:00 am

Hello. Can anyone let me know if public domain literally works like essays are a good fit for narration at LibriVox? Right now, I have Bhagat Singh's "Why am I an Atheist" in my mind.

Please let me know if that would be a valid fit for this project or not.

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Post by TriciaG » December 30th, 2019, 11:18 am

In theory, essays are OK for LibriVox. Usually they go in the Short Nonfiction Collection, unless they're so long that they are almost a book, in which case they could be a standalone project.

However, this one you're referring to was written in 1930 and published in 1931, so it's highly unlikely to be out of copyright. To be public domain (out of copyright) in the US, it must have been published in 1924 or earlier as of January 1, 2020. There are exceptions, but they're really hard to prove. See this link for acceptable text sources: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72912

Hope this helps!
Mystery stories: The Master of Mysteries
Kerner Report on 1967 race riots: LINK
Mussolini's speeches thru 1923: LINK
Samuel Smiles Self-Help: Character

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