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Books Entering the Public Domain in 2021
David Rothman writes the following about the books entering the public domain this year for TeleRead:
[The Great] Gatsby, published in 1925, was illegal to reproduce without authorization in the United States until … January 1, 2021, when the copyright finally expired in the United States, along with those of other titles, including some that Duke University highlighted as part of the Public Domain Day initiative. I’d love to see the Biden Administration push for truly school-friendly copyright reform shortening outrageously long terms. Dr. Jill Biden, the forthcoming First Lady, has taught English for years at Northern Virginia College—full of cash-strapped students likely to benefit from a wider selection of free books. …
Below are links for students and other Americans to download some of the books Duke listed as newly freed.
—An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser (Feedbooks and Internet Archive).
—in our time, by Ernest Hemingway (One More Library).
—Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Feedbooks and One More Library).
—The Trial, by Franz Kafka. The German text is now legally available for free, but even better from a U.S. perspective, Project Gutenberg appears to have arranged to distribute a free English-language translation. Also see Feedbooks.
—The New Negro—collected works from writers including W.E.B. du Bois, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Eric Walrond ... (Internet Archive).
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