This might be of interest
I don't know about sourcing the text of these books, but it looks like there may be a lot of more recent (1923 to 1963) stuff that isn't on, say, gutenberg, that could be out of copyright:
Thanks for pointing this out to us. We'll definitely take a look at it!
Jun 25, 2008 5:22 pm
by MaggieH (admin)
I read about this on Boing Boing yesterday and tried using it to look up copyright on a few books (like Beau Geste which just missed out on the 1928 deadline and H.P.Lovecraft which has an unknown/dubious copyright status) but it wasn't easy as the search was pulling up all sorts of books that just mentioned it.
Hopefully someone will take that huge XML file and make it searchable. I wish I had the time to take a crack at it.
Jun 26, 2008 5:59 pm