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About the Public Domain Blog

I love the process of creativity and innovation, and as a result, am intensely curious and ask a lot of questions. I enjoy research and exploration…alternate ways of seeing, thinking and being.

My mother’s family is Cherokee and I love and appreciate my heritage. My family and I dance at powwows and walk the Red Road to the best of our ability.

Workwise, I am an entreprenuer, speaker and author and own a media company that specializes in using Public Domain works to create new, hybrid information products in a wide variety of forms, including ebooks, printed materials, audio, video and more. I also am an expert in photography and graphic design.

20 Responses to “About the Public Domain Blog”

  • Kay Elliott:

    Hi Tony,
    When usng public domain material how do you format a book when it is scanned? For example if a book is 5 x 7″ do you format the content to 8 1/2 x 11? Also what font do you prefer? Thank you! Kay

  • Becky:

    Hey Tony,
    What do you know about recipes and the Public Domain? ~ Becky ~

  • Hey Tony

    Just bought your “Public Domain Survival Kit”….however the firefox install for the tool bar isn’t working. Can you advise?

    Thanks much…and keep up the great work…!

  • Bill:

    Hi Tony,

    can you confirm if your PDX support site is still monitored. I’ve logged a ticket but, other than what I assume to be an automated response, I’ve had no reply – and an earlier email sent to you came back with a ‘Mailbox full’ message.


  • Hi Tony,
    An echo here from Lawrence’s post.
    I’ve had the toolbar for a couple of years, but lost it when I had my hard drive “cleansed.” Now I can’t reload it. Firefox won’t except it.

    Appreciate some assistance. Tried to get help through support,but I long ago lost my user and pass, so it’s no go on the ol’ support-o.


  • Stephanie:

    I don’t know if this is the right place to ask this question… but I couldn’t find a way to start a new discussion. I am a beginning graphic artist. I am starting to sell my stuff at street fairs and on the internet. What would be a good middle priced ($200-$600) printer for me? I am mainly looking for reliability and quality.

  • Stephanie:

    …I meant to add that alot of what I am selling is old vintage images that are in the public domain.

  • Hello, I was trying to comment on the article “book-sale-survival-guide “ but I received an error page.

    Here is the comment I wanted to make

    Hello, I wanted to let you know about our new site ( that is also a book sale directory. Our site is cleaner than other options out there and information is easier to find.

    You can use the zip code search feature to find sales that are in your area. Also you can sign up for an account to store sales to your own personal calendar and or sign up for email notifications when a new sale is listed in your zip code radius.

    I hope this helps book lovers find more sales in their area that they might not of know of before.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me


  • Kaushal:

    Please inform me about the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason is in Public Domain?
    Please it is urgent.
    Kaushal Goyal

  • Audrey:

    Is it possible for you to walk me through the process of starting a blog for income ? What are the steps?

    Thanks, Audrey

  • support:

    Hey Audrey…I’m not sure what your interests are, but the easiest way to begin is to use one of the free blogging services., and are probably the best examples. is also an option…their lenses are a lot like blogs. Next, if you’re planning to sell your own products, you will need a Paypal Business Account (also free). They offer great tutorials on how to create a Buy button for products you’re selling. For selling other people’s products as an affiliate, you may want to check out, or Commission Junction ( is also an option.

    I’ve actually created a couple videos that explain the entire process in great, step-by-step detail in my “Step-by-Step Info Products” Subscribers-Only site ( There is nearly 40 hours of step-by-step, how-to videos there that walk you through those processes and a whole lot more. Hope this helps!


  • NancyL:

    Oh, goodie. Copyright police are going to sweep the web. Let’s see how long until they try to protect the PD part of someone’s reused PD work.

  • support:

    We have nothing to worry about!

  • Gwen:

    Hi Tony,

    I’m enjoying your site, but I don’t know which of your products to choose! Can you advise on the differences or targets for your codebook v.1 and codebook v.2 and “explained” course? or if the toolbar is self-explanatory enough? I can’t get everything of course :)

    Looking forward to your information.

  • Tom Welsh:

    Tony, last year I bought the PD Profit Centers package and just now tried to log into the “elite membership vault” but cannot retrieve my log-in, password, etc. Can you help? Thanks.

  • Hi I am just trying to find out how to contact you to ask questions. Have you thought of having a FB fan page?

    anyways my question is about Google books -Can we use them as content in blogs that do make money through adsense or affiliate programs? Most of the books now say that they can’t be used for commercial use. Not sure how they would know but google knows everything.

    I am a big fan of this idea of public domain works! Still trying to figure it all out! thanks!

  • Hi tony Would you like to see my blog what do you think.

    This is my first blog Im thinking of using plr or public domain content the problem I find how to get content from the book and post it onto my blog with so many pages it will take to long.

    Do you any ideas?

    I sold two books on kindle from public domain about gardening so its a good start.


  • Stephen R:

    Hi Tony,

    I have just begun to use your PD Magazine Secrets; and am enthusiastically searching for some magazines in the area of Christianity and biblical studies pre-1923. I am currently using the HathiTrust database. My question is this: When the copyright information mentions that the work is “Public Domain;Google- digitized”, does this mean that the content of the work may not be used commercially, or does the restriction refer only to the commercial use of the digital images produced by Google using OCR software? If the latter applies, does this still allow me to use the material contained in the work, or has the work been re- copyrighted (de facto) by Google? Sorry the question is a bit complicated, but the answer is critical. I can’t proceed until I understand what this restriction refers to. Thanks for your anticipated reply.


    Stephen R

  • Kathleen Hubert:


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

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