The Public Domain Review has the terrifying potential to eat up indefinite amounts of one’s free and not-so-free time. From their About page:

The Public Domain Review aspires to become a bounteous gateway into this whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is more well known.
With our curated collection of exotic scraps and marvellous rarities and comprehensively linking to freely distributable copies of works in online archives and from far flung corners of the web, we hope to encourage readers to further utilise and explore public domain works by themselves. To this end we have also put together a “Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online”.
We also hope to act as a platform to writers and scholars to write about more unusual and obscure works which they might not get a chance to do elsewhere. […]
We are working behind the scenes with institutions (universities, libraries, museums, etc.) to work to get them to fully open up their online public domain material, so that works in the public domain remain in the public domain when they go online. […] We believe the public domain is an invaluable and indispensable good, which – like our natural environment and our physical heritage – deserves to be explicitly recognised, protected and appreciated.

A noble goal and a beautifully designed site. (Via stbalbach’s MetaFilter post.)


  1. michael farris says

    “has the terrifying potential to eat up indefinite amounts of one’s free and not-so-free time”
    Oh goody! Just what I need!
    Really hat, this post is like visiting an AA meeting with a bucket full of gin and tonic…
    To all my frieeeeeenndsss!

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