TL;DR: All of the books are in the public domain. Enjoy them and do whatever you want with them. If you have any questions or book requests, you can connect with me directly here

What is Librecron?

Librecron helps curate, expand, and modernize the public domain. I take old works and make them beautiful and a joy to read. This includes adhering to modern typographical standards, adding beautiful covers and illustrations, proofing the books for transcript errata, adding metadata to the text (for all you datahoarders and readers that are very specific with your organization), and more.

Once all of that is done, I make the books available for download as ebooks (and soon to be audiobooks) that you can buy at a price you’re comfortable with. All of the books are released with a CC0 license, meaning you can do whatever you’d like with them. You can find a full text of the license here.

Is there any limitation?

If you’re in the United States, everything published before 1924 is currently in the public domain. If you live elsewhere, many of these works will be in the public domain, but you ought to make sure.

What exactly is the public domain?

The public domain is our common heritage. When something is in the public domain, it cannot be copyrighted – meaning it belongs to everyone and no one at the same time. You can use public domain material however you’d like – as an inspiration for your own work, for an adaptation you’d like to create (like a movie based on a book), or just to repackage and resell it (like Penguin Classics, Barnes & Noble Classics, and many others do). And while a derivative can be copyrighted, the original cannot – it will always be there, waiting for someone to use it.


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