I recently discovered that many of the influential books of the early twentieth century are now in the public domain. I also discovered that many of the books since 1923 are now “lost”. I begin with the good news: The Prophet is available in various electronic formats.
- link to .pdf .epub .mobi versions
Lost & Missing Books of the Twentieth Century
I also found these articles that explain what I had heard before – There are a greater percentage of books available from the 19th Century than from the 20th Century. This is because copyright prevents uncommercial works from being distributed and preserved.
- Article about how copyright protection “looses” books and knowledge
- An analysis about “missing” 20th century copyrighted materials