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[edit] Index & Links to Uploaded eBooks on MobileRead

Click on the link below for the index of all ebooks uploaded to MobileRead that are currently available. Clicking on the entry will take you to the original thread where they were posted so that you may download them directly. At the moment most of the available ebooks are in Sony Reader format. Many books are also in MobiPocket format and an increasing number are in IMP format for the eBookwse-1150 and in ePUB format. Other formats are supported in the Misc category. Some of the files are in the zip or rar compression format. These should be decompressed prior to loading on the Reader.

[edit] Major Formats

Main article: Major Formats

The major formats currently supported by the eBooks uploaded to MobileRead include:

All of these formats are also usable on PC's with appropriate software.

[edit] MISC Format

Main article: Other formats

This misc format includes files in these formats but new files and formats may be added at any time.

  • LIT - Files for MS Reader format.
  • PDB - Files for eReader or in PalmDOC format.
  • PDF - Files formatted for smaller screens like the Sony or Cybook.
  • HTML - Files to be read in a browser or converted to other formats.

[edit] Genre

The uploads at Mobile Read are augmented with prefix names that will identify the genre for each eBook. This will help users determine which books that they may want to download. There is an ongoing effort to add prefix and tag data to previous uploads.

[edit] Languages

eBook uploads can be in different languages. Use a tags to indicate the language (enter a tags using both the English word and the local language word) of the eBook and this information can also be included in the title.

[edit] Creating Uploads

If you want to help and create some uploads you can certainly do it. MobileRead would like all the help it can get in creating and uploading public domain and creative commons licensed eBooks. You might want to look at How-To: Create an eBook to see what is involved.

Once you have the eBook created you can:

  1. Open the forum containing the format of the eBook you wish to upload.
  2. Click "New Thread"
  3. Select a prefix
  4. Enter... Author_surname, Author_firstname (or initials): Book_title. Version. Posting Date
  5. In the subject area enter some info about the book, if you did anything special to the file, etc.
  6. Attach the file where it says "Manage Attachments"


  • The colon is essential to the sorting used by the forum tools. It must be present.
  • If the language is not English enter the language just ahead of the Version.
  • If entering in the non-format specific forum entering the actual format in the title ahead of the version is very useful.

For more information read: upload thread

[edit] Milestones

  • The first LRF eBook was uploaded: November 17, 2006
  • The first MOBI eBook was uploaded: June 22, 2007
  • The first Misc eBook was uploaded: June 30, 2007
  • The first IMP eBook was uploaded: August 31, 2007
  • The first ePub eBook was uploaded: July 25, 2008
  • On December 20, 2012 the 25,000th eBook was uploaded. See forum discussion
  • On July 1, 2014 the 30,000th eBook was uploaded. See forum discussion

[edit] What Is In the Public Domain

The uploaded books are generally in the public domain or have a release from the author. But the question is: What is in the public domain? As you might expect, it's somewhat complicated. The MobileRead web site is located in Canada and used to follow the Public Domain rules for Canada, however, the owner of this web site is a Swiss citizen and to limit his liability MobileRead now follows the Swiss rule of Pubic Domain which is defined as 70 years after the death of the author. This applies to all new submissions.

[edit] The world

In most of the world, it's pretty straightforward - things enter the public domain (PD) a certain number of years after the death of the author. In most countries that number is 70 years, in a few (e.g. Canada) it's 50. That means that, for example, all works of authors who died prior to 1943 are currently PD in Europe; prior to 1963 in Canada, and that advances, year by year, as you would expect.

Australia's a bit different. It changed from lifetime+50 to lifetime+70 in 2005. All works by Authors who died before 1955 are out of copyright in Australia. Works by authors who died in 1955 won't be out of copyright until 2026, like in other lifetime+70 countries.

[edit] The U.S.A.

In the U.S., the rules are more complicated. Full details of the rules can be found, off site, at Cornell.

A general overview for works published in the U.S.:

  • Anything published prior to 1923 is PD.
  • Anything published from 1923 to 1978 without a copyright notice is PD.
  • Anything published from 1978 to 2 March 1989 without a copyright notice or subsequent registration is PD
  • Anything published from 1923 to 1963 for which copyright was NOT renewed, is PD. To check for this visit Copyright Renewal Records.
  • Anything published from 1923 to 1963 for which copyright WAS renewed, is in copyright until 95 years after publication (i.e. 2019 and later).
  • Anything published from 1964 to 1977 is in copyright until 95 years after publication (i.e. 2060 and later) There is a PDF document that lists these books. Use the link below to find it.
  • Anything published after 1977 is in copyright until 2048 or author's death + 70 years, whichever is longer, or for 95 years after publication for corporate works. To search for a particular book visit the United States Copyright Office's Web Voyage.
  • Anything published after 2002 is in copyright until 70 years after the author's death, or for 95 years after publication for corporate works.
  • One exception is U.S. government publications which are always in the Public Domain.
  • Unpublished anonymous or corporate works, or works where the date of the author's death is unknown, are copyright for 120 years from date of creation.

The net result of this is that some items are in the PD in the U.S., but not elsewhere (early works of authors who had long lives - e.g., Agatha Christie), and other things are PD outside the U.S. but not in the U.S. (e.g., works of authors published after 1923, who died before 1938/1958).

As the years go by, the balance is shifting - what is PD in the U.S. is a static set of works, whereas elsewhere new material is entering the PD every year.

The earliest that any new works will enter the Public Domain in the U.S. is 1st January 2019, when works first published in 1923 enter the public domain. This is assuming there isn't another copyright amendment act in the next ten years that extends U.S. copyright further.

[edit] Copyright

Works not in the public domain are considered to be copyrighted. An author or owner of a copyright determines what can be done with a document. An author can choose to place their work in the public domain or may choose any of several alternatives such as the GNU copyleft agreement or the Creative Commons license.

Breaking a copyright agreement is considered to be different from other forms of theft for example:

The United States Supreme Court doesn't agree that breaking a copyright is stealing. (Dowling v. US, 473 US 207):

Since the statutorily defined property rights of a copyright holder have a character distinct from the possessory interest of the owner of simple "goods, wares, [or] merchandise," interference with copyright does not easily equate with theft, conversion, or fraud. The infringer of a copyright does not assume physical control over the copyright nor wholly deprive its owner of its use. Infringement implicates a more complex set of property interests than does run-of-the-mill theft, conversion, or fraud.

Out-of-copyright books account for about one-sixth of all titles. Most books--75 percent of them--are in copyright, but out of print. Only about 10 percent of all books are both copyrighted and in print. --According to the WeeklyStandard.

See above for What Is In the Public Domain.

[edit] For more information

Each country is different so a check with official information regarding your country is something each person concerned with copyright should do. A google search can usually turn up all the information you need.

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