Recently Amazon has been adding public domain titles to its
Kindle eBook store at a frantic pace: over 18,000 titles are now
available as free downloads. The step is in addition to other
‘remix’ titles for sale, such as Sense and Sensibility and Sea
Monsters, that expands the original Jane Austen novel with “all-new
scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea
serpents, and other biological monstrosities”, with some help by
Brooklyn, NY-based writer Ben Winters.
This book continues the same ideas laid out in the previous
novel of the “Jane Austen and monsters” series, Pride and Prejudice
and Zombies created by the editors at Quirk Classics. A new trend
including other classics of English literature now in the public
domain, that are being re-actualized by adding a pinch of fun and
creativity to their original texts. [13oct09]
Also, as noted by the Download Squad, the rapid growth of the
public domain library in the Kindle store is more likely a response
to the fact that Sony eBook readers can access Google’s massive
collection of scanned public domain works.
So while Amazon’s 18,000 public domain downloads are a good
start, Google has over half a million titles, which means Amazon
still has some catching up to do.
Kindle Store adds over 18,000 free public domain titles – plus fresh English classics remix
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