|12-27-2009, 11:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: Sony Touch
Hi Everyone, just got a Sony Touch for Christmas and trying to figure out all the ins and outs but I know I love it already! Anyone have any good suggestions for good ebook sites besides the Sony one? And another question, does anyone know how to check to see if a book is copyrighted in the U.S.?
|12-28-2009, 12:12 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Hello and welcome! Here's a good place to find public domain books. I can't remember what the cutoff date is for US copyright though (too lazy to google, lol). I've also recently gotten hooked on smashwords.com, which is a great site with independently published books. There's tons of freebies on there, as well as super cheap books. If you get anything on there, you'll want to pick either LRF format or ePUB (I prefer LRF myself). And in case you don't know how, when downloading from another site you just save the file (somewhere easy to find), then go to your Library, click File then Import File, and select your books. They'll download automatically.
Enjoy your new Reader!
|12-28-2009, 12:39 AM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
Free ebook listing: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Free_eBooks
Ebook stores: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_stores
http://www.teleread.org/free-ebooks/ is Teleread's list of free ebook resources.
Copyright in the US is nothing short of psychotic. There's a ridiculously complex chart for figuring things out; short version:
Pre-1923: Public domain.
1923-1977 w/o proper (c) notification: Public Domain
1923-1963, registered but not renewed 28 years later: Public Domain
Same, renewed: 95 years after publication date. (Which you'll note we're approaching. Expect new lawsuits from MouseCo in the next couple of years.) That's the crucial time period--stuff made through 1963 that wasn't renewed, is now in the public domain. Other than that, the public domain is frozen, and won't see new content (except for gov't docs) until 2018.
1964 -1977, w/proper notification: 95 years after publication.
1978+: "Life + 70" kicks in, for works published with notice. There's some odd differences individual and corporate works, but for practical purposes, we can ignore them. We'll all be dead before Raiders of the Lost Ark is in the public domain.
1989+: Removal of requirement to notify for copyright; after that point, EVERYTHING printed (or "placed in a fixed form") is copyrighted.
To figure out if something was renewed: Stanford Database. Not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.