Not everywhere. For better customer experience, most stores don’t accept PD content that is not differentiated in any way from other PD content. Who would want to browse through hundreds of identical Anna Kareninas? Amazon does accept PD books but only if they are translated, annotated or contain at least 10 original illustrations. Books that meet this criteria must include (Translated), (Annotated) or (Illustrated) in the title field. You will also have to explain in the book description how your book is unique.
The same goes for GooglePlay Books. They accept public domain books but only from select partners, and only if they don’t create a duplicate in their database. For a complete list of PublishDrive stores that accept (some) public domain books see our Stores page.
Bear in mind that some stores that accept public domain books pay less royalty: it can range from 35% to 20%.
How to sell public domain books?
If you decide to publish a public domain book, you still have to have a copyright page: this shows that you created this specific edition. Your copyright page should include “Published by Your Name Ⓒ 2017”. Please also include copyright information of the cover and illustrator if applicable. The stores and aggregators will also ask you to mark ‘Public domain’ when uploading the book to their system. This won’t affect your rights but will fasten the approval process.
To sum up: it is a mistake to think of public domain books as an easy way to earn money. Republishing public domain books should be viewed as publishing any other books: bringing valuable content to your readers.
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