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Publishing Public Domain Content
- Translated: Unique translations
- Annotated: Unique annotations (additional content like study guides, literary critiques, detailed biographies, or historical context)
- Illustrated: 10 or more unique illustrations relevant to the book
Books that meet these requirements must include (Translated), (Annotated), or (Illustrated) in the title field. For example, "Pride and Prejudice (Annotated)" is acceptable; "Pride and Prejudice (with an Introduction by Tiffany Gordon)" is not. The product description must also include a summary of how the book is unique in bullet point format at the beginning of the product description (maximum 80 characters).
It's possible that other features make books unique. However, we only consider public domain titles that meet the requirements listed above to be differentiated. Examples of features we don't consider to be differentiated include:
- A linked table of contents
- Formatting improvements
- Sales rank
- Freely available Internet content
We implemented this policy in February 2011. It applies to new and existing titles in the Kindle Store. Do you have public domain books that are no longer offered because of this policy and you believe they are differentiated? If so, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain how your books meet our requirements. We may reconsider them for sale in the Kindle Store.