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Old 03-05-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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has anyone been able to find any Jack Vance books in any of the ebook formats?
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:34 AM   #2
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #3
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isn't his books old enough to be on the public domain?
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Old 03-11-2007, 08:22 PM   #5
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I think he was writing in the late '60's early '70's -- is that right?

If so, it's nowhere close to being PD -- that cut-off is some time in the '30's, I think.
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Old 03-12-2007, 06:46 AM   #6
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Didn't know that... always seemed to me like a 40's kind of author, don't know why.
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:21 AM   #7
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Didn't know that... always seemed to me like a 40's kind of author, don't know why.

Actually Jack Vance has been writting since the fifities, until 2005-6 when at the age of ~90 and almost blind still wrote a novel Lurulu the continuation of his Ports of Call (early 00's).

I have read and enjoyed quite a lot of his books, especially his Gaean Reach ones (Demon Kings, Cadwal Chronicles, Night Lamp, Alastor and several others) and because of his baroque and leisurely style he is one of the SF authors that does not date easily.
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:15 AM   #8
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isn't his books old enough to be on the public domain?
Nope. 95 years past first publish or 70 years past author's death. See the Wikipedia entry.

So anything published before 1923 is definately in the public domain. Because of the law changes over time, things created after that are may be in the public domain (it depends on whether they renewed their copyright). Starting in the 1950's (I think), it becomes more difficult to know if it's in the public domain or not.

Note that all works created by the U.S. gov't are supposed to be public domain upon their creation.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:00 PM   #9
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Thanks, rlauzon, I was hoping you'd come along with the particulars (I can never seem to get them straight in my head).
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:55 PM   #10
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:08 PM   #11
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As of today, the Vance family owns and operates jackvance.com, a website dedicated to Jack Vance. You'll find an extensive biography, photos and: ebooks. Currently there are 17 titles available, but in the coming months this number will grow to over 70: all of Jack Vance's work (SF, Fantasy and Mystery) based on the latest/greatest texts from the Vance Integral Edition archive.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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Now that's excellent news; I always loved Vance's work, but have probably only read seven or eight books in all. It'd be nice to multiply that by two or three.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:14 AM   #13
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Didn't know that... always seemed to me like a 40's kind of author, don't know why.
Mainly because he was immortalized in D&D, which was a 70's/80's phenomenon (The original Dungeon Master's Guide, and most of the spellcasting system of the game.)
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At first glance it looks like an excellent site - DRM free, committed to quality, mobi and ePub. But all the books I tried to buy are not available in Australia.
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Is Australia covered by the SFGateway versions?
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