Editor's Note; The Amazon free ebook story today inspired me to go dig up this post Mike wrote back in June. This is the real problem, not people selling pd ebooks.
I got this tweet:
Published in 1914? That’s public domain. So I go off to Google Books and BAM!
There is proof of what I stated in The Looting Of Our Public Domain.
This 1914 book was re-Copyrighted in 2009 and no free editions are now available in Google Books — only this one, which must be paid for.
And who are the bastards behind this?
So, they’ve taken a free book that belongs to all of us and have turned it into their private property!
They can go to hell. I won’t even link to these scum.
Until they’re sleazy enough to issue a DMCA Takedown Notice, this book is still available for free over at Project Gutenberg:
This is the link. Go get it. Share it with anyone who wants it. If anyone brings up they want to buy the book, make sure to tell them you have a copy and that the book is rightfully free!
As more examples of this come to my attention, I will do posts about them.
The public domain belongs to all of us — not to private capital!
Feedbooks has added it too. Go here. And it now has a cover:
reposted with permission from Mike Cane's Xblog