Celebrated on Jan. 1 every year, International Public Domain Day celebrates the lives of authors who died many years ago and their available works in the public domain. On this day, people commemorate new works that have entered the public domain as well as the expiration of copyrights. The work becomes public domain when copyright protection ends. To celebrate in our own way, we decided to give you a list of interesting books that you can read through the public domain for free.
Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
If you fancy knowing more about Chinese history, then this is the right book for you to check out. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period. The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, is composed of 13 chapters and it focuses on how “war should be avoided with diplomacy. If it cannot be avoided, it should be fought strategically and psychologically to minimize damage and the wasting of resources.” You can check the book online for free on the University of Alberta’s website.
Robert Ervin’s Howard People of the Dark
This ten-volume anthology of short stories featuring characters like Solomon Kane, Turlogh Dubh, and Comac of Connacht is inspired by the fiction and poetry of Robert E. Howard. Other noteworthy works by Howard include “The Black Stone,” which many believe to be his best foray into Lovecraftian horror, “The Horror from the Mound,” a vampire tale set in Texas, and “People of the Dark,” which served as a model for the Conan stories that would later make him famous. Available to check on Feedbooks, for free.
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince
The Prince, written in 1513 by political scientist Niccolò Machiavelli shows how to acquire power, create a state, and keep it. It is a representation of Machiavelli’s effort to provide a guide for political action based on the lessons of history and his own experience as a foreign secretary in Florence. You can access the book for free through Feedbooks official website.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Women and Economics
Since we got into politics with Machiavelli’s “The prince”, let’s have a look at some economic principles with Gilman’s “Women and Economics.” This book is a study of the economic relationship between men and women and is considered by many to be her single greatest work. Gilman’s writing focuses on a few dominant themes: the transformation of marriage, the family, and the home, with her central argument: “the economic independence and specialization of women as essential to the improvement of marriage, motherhood, domestic industry, and racial improvement.” Access the book for free here on Feedbooks official website.
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev’s First Love
Vladimir Petrovich Voldemar, a 16-year-old, is staying in the country with his family and meets Zinaida Alexandrovna Zasyekina, a beautiful 21-year-old woman, staying with her mother, Princess Zasyekina, in a wing of the manor. This book is fascinating for those into romantic stories as you can see from this synopsis. Turgenev’s book is a masterpiece and you should defiantly check it out through Feedbooks official website.
There you have it, a list of some of the finest books that you can access and read all for free. No need to sign up or even pay hefty fees. All are free with just a tap on the download button.