Thousands of new books are now in the public domain from 1924, after being copyrighted for 95 years. This includes classics like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Gift of Black Folk, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. All of these titles and more will be available in ebook form on various online retailers and services such as Project Gutenberg.
Here are the most notable books to enter the public domain on January 1st 2020
- Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
- Jelly Roll Morton, King Porter Stomp
- E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
- Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not … (the first volume of his “Parade’s End” tetralogy)
- Eugene O’Neill, Desire Under the Elms
- Edith Wharton, Old New York (four novellas)
- Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (the English translation by Gregory Zilboorg)
- A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
- Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle’s Circus
- Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and the Ant Men
- Agatha Christie, The Man in the Brown Suit
- Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett), The King of Elfland’s Daughter
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.