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Old 03-23-2010, 10:48 AM   #16
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I was going to ask the same thing myself. Why do you think that this would not be legal in the UK?
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:08 PM   #17
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To take a concrete example: Books by Shakespeare are still being sold in the UK, in spite of them being in the public domain. Do you think it would be illegal to sell ebook versions of them on Ebay (e.g. derived from PG files)? [I don't know why anybody would buy them instead of downloading them for free, but that's not the point.]
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Of course it's not illegal. You can charge for Public Domain works if you wish, it's entirely legitimate.

And, yes, people can go and get their own PD version from wherever. You can add your own preface and do your own formatting and copyright /that/ of course, if you wish...and indeed certain versions of PD books sell for precisely that reason!
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:16 PM   #19
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The only exception would be the comparatively small number of books which are in the public domain in the US, but not in the UK. Generally early works by long-lived authors.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:18 PM   #20
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Why not?
Different copyright laws, and often different publishers controlling it. In the UK it is 70 years from the death of the author, so nothing from the 1940s or 50s would be PD.
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Different copyright laws, and often different publishers controlling it. In the UK it is 70 years from the death of the author, so nothing from the 1940s or 50s would be PD.
True, but to simply say that "selling PG books in the UK is illegal" as a blanket statement is somewhat misleading. There are large numbers of books on PG which can be sold perfectly legally in the UK.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #22
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There is also a large number that cannot, so saying that anything on PG can be sold (or even downloaded) in the UK is also misleading.
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OK, cleared up. But that is different than saying
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With all the free ebook sources, why would there be a market for SELLING ebooks on eBay?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:47 PM   #25
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With all the free ebook sources, why would there be a market for SELLING ebooks on eBay?

N00bs :-) Seriously though, if someone who is not a techy gets a kindle or some other reader for Christmas or their birthday, they don't have the faintest idea of how to proceed. My cousin just bought a kindle, and while I consider him to be extremely competent, he is just overwhelmed at the moment. I suspect we'll be having several phone chats about it. Thankfully I've pointed him here, so I'm hoping he joins and reads...
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People with a Kindle are just supposed to shop at Amazon. (Sorry, my smileys don't work)
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Don't hope I'm stepping on any toes here*, but I find it morally objectionable to sell a PD book if the alternative is available through places such as Feedbooks or Project Gutenberg.

Is this perhaps an overreaction?


* After all, I suppose that a really well prepared version of a PD book with explanatory notes, better formatting, etc., may be an added value -- hence its marketability.
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OK, cleared up. But that is different than saying
Maybe if they seperated out the non-UK-PD books from the UK-PD ones, or sold them individually, but the way they sell them with thousands of books stuffed onto a CDR it wouldn't really matter if only one of them was illegal in the UK it still wouldn't be allowed.
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With all the free ebook sources, why would there be a market for SELLING ebooks on eBay?
The same reason there is a market for window cleaners, dog walkers, etc. It saves people the bother of doing it themselves.

But it isn't just PD books that are for sale on Ebay ...
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People don't think. Many items on Ebay are there are prices above they're new retail price. But people assume Ebay=bargain and shop without checking. Of coruse it's quicker to just go to ebay than check half a dozen other sites. And Tim e=Money.
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