Originally Posted by KindleKid
I understand that it's illegal to gain profit from another person's work (nor would I want to do that), but is there an issue with reproducing a work in a new format (ebook for example) and making it available for free?
Yes, there certainly IS an issue. Unless the book is out of copyright, you'd be breaching copyright by releasing it. It is entirely irrevelent whether or not the book is currently in print.
There's no problem at all if the book is out of copyright.