Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

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"A quirk of copyright law means that millions of books are now free for anyone to read, thanks to some work from the New York Public Library.

... One secret of the publishing industry is that most American books published before 1964 never extended their copyright, meaning they’re in the public domain today. "

Source: Matthew Gault, Vice, August 6, 2019,