Archive for January, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 31) to…

January 31, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 31) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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February 2018 Kindle book releases

January 31, 2018

February 2018 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the “over 8000” (all numbers at time of writing) titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in January 2017 (more than last month, but I can’t say exactly how much more):

February 2018 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, “over 1,000” (don’t like these imprecise numbers…I ran them in two different browsers) are in

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked…but I think that may have stopped, or at least substantially reduced from major publishers:

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks . Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, they are on top again…marking five months in a row. I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  •  Out of the Darkness by Heather Graham
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr
  • One Child by Torey Hayden
  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SF Hall of Fame) by Robert Silverberg
  • Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption by Mike Berry
  • “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley and Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition) by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders
  • The Pride of Jared MacKade by Nora Roberts
  • Murder on a Midsummer Night (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Book 17) by Kerry Greenwood
  • What the Valley Knows by Heather Christie (KU)
  • Murder on the Brewster Flats: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 12) by Aaron Paul Lazar (KU)
  • Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class by Michelle Tea
  • I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: 20th Anniversary by Ben Peskoe and Bill Green (foreword by Jeff Bridges)
  • A Study in Scarlet (AmazonClassics Edition) by Arthur Conan Doyle (this is worth noting because the AmazonClassics imprint now lists over 100 titles…it’s the new version of Amazon’s free public domain titles, although these editions may have new copyrights because of additional material…not sure about that)
  • Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
  • Maze: The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski
  • Table for Five by Susan Wiggs
  • The Man Within (Feline Breeds Book 2) by Lora Leigh
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander
  • Travel as a Political Act (Rick Steves) by Rick Steves
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Same Time, Next Year (The Manning Family) by Debbie Macomber
  • Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla by John F. Wasik
  • The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment by Michael Bernick and Richard Holden
  • Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy that Have Shaped America’s History by Marilyn Miller and Ellen Scordato
  • The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in February 2018 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


 

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (January 30) to…

January 30, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 30) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (January 29) to…

January 29, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 29) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select Most Wished For reads on Kindle”

January 28, 2018

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select Most Wished For reads on Kindle”

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is “Up to 80% off select Most Wished For reads on Kindle”.

There are some really good deals here on well-known authors!

Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze these books, because the prices certainly may not apply where you are (geographically or chronologically). You can buy the books at these reduced prices and either delay the gift delivery until the appropriate occasion, or send them to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever you want.

Here are some of the about fifty titles that stand out to me:

  • Sting by Sandra Brown | 4.4 out of 5 stars | 1300 customer reviews
  • The Cuckoo’s Nest by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) | 4.1 stars | 10,450 reviews (if you want to start Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series, this is the first one…and it’s $2.99 at time of writing)
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport | 4.6 stars | 645 reviews (I’ve read about this one…I’m usually a very good rapid switcher, and can work on several things at the same time)
  • Flood Tide by Clive Cussler | 4.6 stars | 463 reviews
  • The Last Man by David Baldacci | 4.6 stars | 6122 reviews
  • The 16th Seduction by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro | 4.6 stars | 1843 reviews
  • The Letter by Kathryn Hughes | 4.5 stars | 4869 reviews
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace | 3.9 stars | 1252 reviews
  • Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie | 4.3 stars | 285 reviews
  • Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Stephen Kotler and Jamie Wheal | 4.2 stars | 241 reviews
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi | 3.9 stars | 1498 reviews
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving | 4.4 stars | 2819 reviews
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 4.4 stars | 663 reviews
  • In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney | 4.3 stars | 179 reviews (also available through Kindle Unlimited)

You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (January 28) to…

January 28, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 28) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Round up #168: an ad with Jeff, two authors to follow

January 27, 2018

Round up #168: an ad with Jeff, two authors to follow

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Rough week…

I tweeted about this, but I haven’t addressed it here.

There’s a good reason for that…

I’ve been as sick as I’ve been in years this week. I very rarely take a sick day…and not because I soldier through, but because (knock wood) I don’t get sick very often. I work in a healthcare organization, and I’m really careful…I’ve had doctors compliment me on my hygiene. 🙂 I clean my hands a lot, I don’t touch elevator buttons (I use my cane’s handle, usually)…that sort of thing. I did get a flu shot: I would get one even if it wasn’t legally required for me (well, you have the option to wear a mask if you decline the shot).

None of that makes you totally virus-proof, though, although it does help.

I was sick on Monday at work…and didn’t get back there the whole rest of the week! I did see my doctor. It turned out I had a secondary infection as well as a virus, and the second one is treatable with antibiotics.

I’m not a clinician, but news reports suggest that those secondary infections have been a real problem this year…people don’t realize that they get something which is treatable after they determine that they had something which wasn’t (at least, not with a medication except for symptoms).

I would love to have gotten a lot more writing done, but I’ve been quite out of it. Our dogs have been my role models: I’ve been sleeping (or at least in bed) most of the day. 🙂 I haven’t even been reading a whole lot, but I have been some. It works for me to leave on the TV, and just sort of drift in and out of consciousness. 🙂

I have, though, been able to write a bit…so the Bookish Birthdays have gotten out, and so have the tweets on “On This Date in Geeky History”. I’m feeling better but not well today…this was the first day since Monday that I did my normal morning routine: ate my usual breakfast, did my usual exercise. The dogs were happy…dogs love ritual.

My poor Significant Other has started coughing,  but we are hoping it doesn’t develop into something like this. Once you retire, you can’t take a sick day. 😉

I’m hoping I’m up long enough this time to include some interesting stories!

Thanks to people who have tweeted good wishes! I really, really want to be back at work on Monday…I do like my job!

Two very different authors to follow on Twitter

It’s interesting. I see a lot of tweets, although a lot of my random exposure (as opposed to having subscribed) comes in my morning

Flipboard (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

read.

By the way, Flipboard…what a brilliant app! There are many ways to get news (loosely defined), and I am a data junkie. I watch 24 hour and non-24 news, I read, and so on. Interior (only) to my family, we have a quite intense discussion on politics, and I do stay on top of all of that. I’ve tried different things, but Flipboard works the best for me…and reading is my preferred input method.

Some authors have good tweet feeds, but there are two (who are quite different) I want to mention here.

David Brin @DavidBrin at TMCGTT

is a well-established science fiction author, a Hugo and Nebula winner.

Brin is also a futurist…I’m surprised that more news shows aren’t interviewing David Brin about privacy issues, including voice assistants. Even though it was written a long time ago, The Transparent Society

Review: The Transparent Society

is still one of the best books on the topic.

I like Brin’s feed because it so often contains exactly what I want science to be: that “oh, wow!” moment of wonder at the world. Now, I have to also say…it does include politics. I try not to do politics here at all (if I report a story that has to do with something the government is doing, it’s because of how it affects the topics relevant to this blog), so I thought I’d give you the heads up.

The most recent post at the time I write this is (without being uncritically convinced) is about a report that raptors (birds, not “dinosaurs”…I call them that myself, and it sometimes confuses people) perhaps deliberately using fire to flush prey. Within ten posts, there is one specifically about books: SFF pairings for Black Mirror episodes.

I’ve been pleased to see the recent rise of anthology TV series again, hearkening back to the classic days of The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. I may write a post about that in my

The Measured Circle blog

although there are several possible blog topics in my hopper already.

David Brin: iconic, science-focused, and with a multi-faceted feed.

The other author I’ve been really noticing is

Mike Wells @MikeWellsAuthor

I haven’t actually read any of Mike’s many books yet, although following the author, you can often get one free. In fact, at time of writing, you can get an omnibus of books 1,2,3 in the

Lust, Money & Murder series for free. Note: I am not “taking responsibility” for this link, which means feel free to download it. 🙂 Amazon has this weird thing that if too high a percentage of the books people get through your links are free, they don’t pay you “advertising fees” on the others. Not a problem if I just give you a straight up link.

I did download that one, and I will get to it when my head is clear again.

Why do I suggest an author I haven’t read?

I did read this

blog post from 2011

and I thought it was brilliant!

It’s called, “Does Bruce Willis Have a Dog?” and shows why authors should use Significant Others as early readers of their work. 😉 Seriously, I thought it was well-written and insightful, and echoed Mark Twain’s advice in some ways.

I think every tweet I’ve seen has been book-related…mostly about Wells’ own books, but not exclusively.

Wells strikes me as very much a contemporary author, with a good sense of social media.

If you do read Twitter, I’d suggest trying following these two…and hey, you might want to try the books, too. 😉

Alexa is getting a lot more conversational

I wasn’t able to talk a whole lot this week, and that was a problem: much of our home is run by Alexa, and I couldn’t get out a communication very well. However, Alexa does understand a whisper, which helped. I’ve said it before, but I do with Alexa could be set to respond by whispering when I whisper. Our dogs understand not to bark if I’m being quiet…you know, unless somebody walks by the house. 🙂

I’ve noticed this as a rising trend.

For example, on one birthday listing, Alexa commented on how cool the birthday celebs were…not just a “seed catalog” listing, but a coherent paragraph.

News is also being broken down by topics in a different way, although the names strike me as a bit off. The entertainment news is called “The Skinny”…which is what CBS news calls theirs. Maybe they are connected, I haven’t checked. The business news is “The Flywheel”…and I can’t see that without thinking of Groucho Marx (Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel”).

Amazon’s advertising has usually been pretty social-media driven, but they have bought big ad play before. There is a teaser ad out there for their Superbowl ad:

Did Alexa Lose Her Voice? (YouTube video)

It actually features Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer)…acting! I like commercials (I know, I know…what doesn’t Bufo like?). My SO and I have gone to the Clio awards several times in years past.

I’ll be looking forward to the full ad, which I’m guessing may be a series of them.

Competition is good

I’m never upset when another company brings a new competitive challenge to Amazon. Competition breeds innovation.

Google is now going to compete with Amazon on audiobooks. The Amazon-owned Audible is giant in that area…may lead to some interesting new features.

I think this another news story probably came as a surprise to many people who think that e-books have maxed out their marketshare:

Sam Rutherford post on Gizmodo

Walmart is partnering with Kobo’s parent, Rakuten.

If this only meant that they were going to sell Kobo EBRs (E-Book Readers) in the stores, no big deal…but they are also going to sell e-books and audiobooks!

That is potentially a big market increase for e-books. It wouldn’t surprise me if Walmart hasn’t liked running out of some super-mega-bestsellers recently, and saw that people could still buy them as e-books.

That fits Walmart’s book-selling habits: having the biggest sellers available, and then gift books. At least, I think that’s the case…haven’t been in a Walmart in years. I think they also used to do genre titles, and that fits e-books as well.

Be interesting to see how this impacts Amazon. There are people who like Kobos better than Kindles, although I’ve always felt that the Amazon services outweighed any possible hardware advantage.

Oh, and Barnes & Noble has revamped its independent publishing platform…it’s no longer called NOOK Press, but will be “Barnes & Noble Press”.

press release at Business Wire

They are offering a 65% royalty rate on e-books over $10. Amazon has used a 70% rate, but only books that align with Amazon’s vision…that allow certain features, and fit a certain price range.

Apple also revamped theirs, and dropped the “i” from “iBooks”, reportedly.

Well, that’s it…I’m about out of steam for now. I’m doing better today, but I’m going to lay down for a while…

Do you have thoughts on any of these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (January 27) to…

January 27, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 27) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (January 26) to…

January 26, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (January 26) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

You could be a publisher in 2019

January 25, 2018

You could be a publisher in 2019

Ever wanted to publish a book?

Generally, books first published in 1923 in the USA are going to fall into the public domain here on January 1, 2019.

Copyright in the USA is complicated (in my opinion, a lot more complicated than it needs to be), but as a rule of thumb, books first published in the USA prior to 1923 are in the public domain now.

That means that the public (you and me and everybody else) owns them. You don’t need to ask anybody’s permission to publish them, and you don’t need to pay anybody. Note: this is rule of thumb. For example, a 1995 translation of a work created in 1921 gets a new copyright, and reproducing that might require permission.

With the last major revision of copyright (again, IANAL…I Am Not A Lawyer, this is my lay understanding), many books got 95 years of protection…so for works published in 1923 in the USA, that runs out this year. They lose their protection on January 1, 2019 (the year gets finished regardless of when in the year they were published).

You could publish the books, and you could sell them…even in the Kindle store…with some significant restrictions.

It used to be a problem in the Kindle store: there would be literally hundreds of editions of some public domain works. Many of them were identical, and of course, many of them might also be significantly flawed (even missing parts of the book).

I wrote about a revision Amazon made to the policy back in 2011:

New guidelines for public domain content

and it has been revised again since then.

Essentially, you need to create significant new content (a new translation, illustrations, annotations), creating a new unique copyright. That will make it what Amazon calls “differentiated”. Amazon is under no obligation to publish works, but if you have something that will sell and won’t cause them problems, it’s to their advantage to do so.

This is also not a “get rich quick scheme”. 🙂 For well-known works, there may be one hundred versions of them or more available to people…yours would need to seem to be of value to readers, and they would need to find them. Also, “undifferentiated” versions will be available for free from other sources, so you’ll have that competition.

Still, if you are an expert in something, or a fan, or an artist trying to get known, this is a great opportunity! Being the publisher might mean that you are also the creator, but it doesn’t have to mean that…there have been many great editors of anthologies. I’ve bought anthologies in the past because they were edited by specific people, or published as part of a series I’ve enjoyed.

What books are going to become public domain?

Unfortunately, the Copyright Office doesn’t have online searchable records for 1923. I’ve been hoping they would get that going for many years now, and they still might.

You can have them research it for you

Copyright search

but they can charge you and they are careful to say that it doesn’t prove anything. 🙂

Many public libraries have physical copyright record books you can view (but typically not remove).

For more information, see

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center

One of the highest profile books I think is covered by this is The Prophet by Kahil Gibran, but there will be many others. One thing I think we’ll really notice is expanded collections for series and authors which were partially published before 1923, but lasted into it. For example, The Cowardly Lion of Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson, was published in 1923…we’ll see it added to collections with earlier books.

All of this should make 2019 one of the most interesting ones for public domain books we’ve seen in years! Will you be part of the wave? 😉


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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