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Super Easy Books

You know me…if there is a way to create new information products involving photographs or videos, I’m going to figure it out…and then tell YOU!

And my latest “discovery” is pretty freaking cool! I’ve figured out how you can easily shoot VIDEOS with your smartphone and covert them into Kindle Books. This method is PERFECT for “how-to” books, which are HUGE on Amazon!

The BEST news is that you can gain access to this brand-new training that I’ll be teaching LIVE for a simple $7 investment in a great new course called “Super Easy Books.” In SEB, you will discover some amazing methods for creating your first, or next, Kindle book…just like the guy who turned photos of his cat into a Kindle book that makes him money EVERY month (crazy, I know).

When you buy Super Easy Books through my link, you will gain access to my new training on creating Kindle books from Videos as a BONUS! But that’s not all you will be getting from me! You will ALSO gain immediate access to a great webinar training I taught a while back that shows you HOW to turn your Kindle book into a presentation that you can use to teach as a webinar, create video training and MORE!

NEW BONUS!

I’ve ALSO, just today, added ANOTHER bonus to the mix and this one is HUGE! Last year, as a part of my PDX Success Track Group Coaching, I taught my students about publishing to Kindle. The first week we went through HOW to public to Kindle…the second week was an awesome and informative Q&A and the third week was focused on real-life case studies from some of my students. The students paid $497 to gain access to this training live as a part of the 10-week group coaching, but YOU are going to get ALL 3 VIDEOS from this training as a part of my bonus package when you invest in Super Easy Books!

The real-world value of my bonus package is easily $700…and you’re getting it ALL for just $7! WHY? Because I want to see you finally succeed with publishing to Kindle. It’s that simple!

Now…a couple bits of housekeeping…

if you have ALREADY purchased SEB through MY link and have e-mailed your receipt to me, you already have access to ALL the bonuses.

If you purchased SEB through someone else’s link already, you will need to purchase it AGAIN through my link (what’s another $7…seriously for ALL the BONUSES?) Share the second purchase with a friend or colleague! THEN…e-mail me your receipt so I can verify your purchase!

If you want ACCESS to ALL my bonuses, here’s what to do next…

1) Click this link and invest in your copy of “Super Easy Books.”

http://provencontent.com/go/supereasy/

2) E-mail me a copy of your receipt to: tonysbonus [at] gmail [dot] com

I will verify your purchase as having been through the link aboveI

3) I will send you the access information for the BONUS webinar registration info and the  other bonuses. I will get that info out to you in the next 24-36 hours! That’s it!

New Publishing Options with PubIt!

Barnes & Noble just provided us with a new opportunity for profiting from our e-books (like those from the Public Domain). Their new program, just launched October 5th, is called, PubIt! and gives anyone the ability to publish e-books for their Nook reader. What makes this a worthwhile consideration is, first of all, PubIt! uses the epub format, just like Apple’s iBooks for the iPad, Sony’s e-Reader and other devices. Second, Barnes & Noble has apps to offer their books on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and the PC.

After signing up for my own account, I did some investigating to see if B&N said anything about the Public Domain. Here is an excerpt from their terms concerning copyright:

Copyright Infringing: Material to which you do not own the copyright or the right to distribute. Public domain content may be posted to PubIt!. Barnes & Noble may, at any time, request validation that a given eBook qualifies as a public domain title.

So the good news is that the door is wide open for Public Domain titles. Now before you get the bright idea to upload PD titles and load them with links to other products and offers, you will also want to consider this statement as well, again from the PubIt! website:

Advertisements: Material contained within your eBook that primarily seeks to sell a product other than the eBook itself is prohibited.

In case you are wondering what kind of profits can we make from selling our e-books through PubIt!, here is a breakdown of the royalty structure:

Publisher will be paid a royalty off the List Price according to the following terms:

1. For eBooks with a List Price at or between $2.99 and $9.99 – 65% of the List Price

2. For eBooks with a List Price at or below $2.98 or at or greater than $10.00 (but not more than $199.99 and not less than $0.99) – 40% of the List Price

So, if you haven’t figured it our yet, keep your prices in the $2.99 to $9.99 price range…grin. With Barnes & Noble jumping into the e-publishing bookstore fray along with Apple’s iBook store and Amazon’s Kindle, the future is looking mighty bright for those who choose to sell e-books (and not just Public Domain e-books…hint…hint) through these marketplaces.

Zombies, Ninjas and the Public Domain

As someone who is passionate about and a spokesperson for the Public Domain, I am always on the lookout for new, inventive ways to use the proven content of the Public Domain. And I am constantly amazed by the creative brilliance of those who demonstrate, time and again, that the Public Domain remains the single greatest source of content for all types of product creation.

Earlier this year, Quirk Books released, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith that combines Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction. When I first read about the book, I thought, “You have to be kidding me.” But then I realized just how brilliant the idea was…taking Public Domain texts and adding in other elements or characters from the Public Domain, like zombies and ninjas. Apparently a bunch of other folks thought the idea was brilliant too…the book made it to the New York Times Bestseller list and is also being produced in movie form by actress Natalie Portman. Building on this huge win, Quirk Books has also released Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, a spin on another of Jane Austen’s novels and has other mashups in the works as well!

Now let’s dissect this mashup approach a bit. According to Wikipedia, a mashup is “a digital media file containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video, and animation, which recombines and modifies existing digital works to create a derivative work.” This is a classic definition for WHY you want to be using Public Domain content in your business…to create new, derivative works. We know that “Pride and Prejudice” is in the Public Domain because it was published in 1813. Zombie characters are also in the Public Domain, thanks in part to the cult classic zombie film, “Night of the Living Dead,” which is also in the Public Domain. While many characters, like Spiderman or Mickey Mouse, are not in the Public Domain, many more, like zombies, pirates, ninjas and more, are in the Public Domain.

So let me ask you…can you imagine the limitless product possibilities available to you just by mashing together elements from the Public Domain? Hopefully you are beginning to understand why I am convinced that the Public Domain is THE definitive source for proven content! Go have some fun!

Book Sale Survival Guide

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Spring and Summer are favorite times of the year for me on a number of levels. I prefer a warm breeze over snow, flowers over snow, yard sales over snow…I think you get the picture. This time of the year also brings with it something else I love…book sales! One of my favorite annual sales happens next weekend…I’m excited!

When you consider that there is a minimum of 85 million books in the Public Domain and only 4 million of those are available online, it makes events like a good book sale seem like a magical treasure hunt for content…or maybe it’s just me :-)

The best way to find out what book sales are happening in your area is to use the same website I use: Book Sale Finder (http://www.booksalefinder.com). It’s not the most beautiful website in the world, but they deliver the information you want…where is the next sale? Simply click on your state and check the listings.

Something you may also want to consider, especially if you travel a lot, is to check listings for the area you’re travelling to. You never know what book adventure may await!

When checking the listings on Book Sale Finder, you will find that there are a number of different types of listings with regard to what is being offered at the sales. What you want to pay attention to are the sales that feature 100% donated books that are NOT picked over. I’ll use the listing for the local sale I’m attending as the perfect example for what I mean. Here is the listing:

50,000 books; 100% donated; 65% hardcover; sorted; not ‘picked over'; no buyer restrictions; plus maps, sheet music, A/V; paperback .50; hardcovers up to $15

There are several key points to note here…

  1. The quantity listed (more is better)
  2. 100% donated (provides greater opportunity for “goodies”)
  3. 65% hardcover (most older books in the Public Domain are hardcover)
  4. Sorted (makes it MUCH easier to find what you are searching for quickly)
  5. Not picked over (increases your chances for finding books of value, content-wise)
  6. No buyer restrictions (means you can buy as much as you want…a good thing)
  7. Other offerings and prices (always good to know).

Here are a few more “Book Sale Survival Guide” tips:

Take a bag, cart or box. You will want something to put your books in…trust me, if you start finding a lot of books, this will make your life easier.

Grab now, sort later. The name of the game is to grab ANY book that looks like it could have potential for you. Delaying could result in you NOT ending up with the book. You can always sort later before you pay.

Check Copyrights on the spot. If you think you’ve found a gem, you can check its copyright right on the spot by using your iPhone or Blackberry. Log into the Standford University site (for books 1923 – 1950) or the Copyright.gov site (for books 1950 – 1964) and conduct a search. It could save you some time and money!

Book Dealers. They’ll be there, so be aware. They are easy to spot. You’ll usually see the scanning books with a barcode reader to check the “sell” value of books. What’s funny about that is that they’re hoping to find cheap books that they can, in turn, sell for a profit. Spend $1.00 and sell for $20.00. Of course, our approach is MUCH different. Spend $1.00 and make $1,000’s be creating new products. But again, be aware that some of the books you are after, they are too…but not all!

Stay focused! Whenever you are faced with sorting through 50,000 books, it’s really easy to become distracted. Go to the sale with specific niche topics in mind and search for those books first. After you’ve explored those topics THEN look around for other possibilities. This is super important! Lots of people in a room with lots of books can challenge the best book junkies, so go with a plan. Consider even writing a list of specific authors or titles so you don’t forget to check for them in the flurry of excitement.

Book Sales are a LOT of fun, but don’t plan to attend thinking only a few people will be there. If it’s a big sale, plan to go early…there WILL be a line! Just remember to have fun…enjoy yourself…and look forward to finding those “hidden gems!”

Simple Profits from the Public Domain

Recently I was on the phone with one of my new friends from the Useppa Island Mastermind I participated in and he REALLY wanted me to talk to his Mom about the Public Domain. So I spent about 5 minutes sharing the basics and then we discussed what she did for a living. Turns out that “Mom” is in a very cool niche and has a list of 20,000+ subscribers who are very active and motivated to purchase products related to that niche.

I shared my experience with product creation using Public Domain content and offered to research for content that would serve her market well and a deal was struck. I’m absolutely confident that I’ll have NO problem finding content for a product that her customers will love. The call lasted just half an hour, and with a little research and product development time, we have a good shot at adding some serious cash to our bank accounts.

I feel confident in being able to find the content (and great content at that) because I use the SAME tools and websites I share in my products. The process works! And here’s the thing…pay CLOSE attention to this…what I just described was NOT a difficult process! Picture this…a guy introduced me to his Mom and I leveraged my ability to find content in an effort to work together with her in a mutually beneficial way.

You can do that, can’t you? Oh COURSE you can! This is NOT difficult!

You see, I don’t have experience in her niche, and I certainly don’t have a list in that niche…but she does. So my product creation skills with Public Domain content together with her relationship with her list makes for a perfect “marriage” of skills toward a common goal…to make money!

So let me ask you…

How many “Moms” or “Dads” are out there online serving their customers in specialized hot niches who you could partner with to create income opportunities with? PLENTY! And it’s highly likely that there are several in the same niche. Using proven content from the Public Domain, you can easily research and create products that would perfectly compliment the efforts of those “experts”…all the while, creating money-making, cash-building opportunities for both of you. It’s honestly a win-win situation and one that you’re going to see me doing a lot more…well, perhaps not “see” me do…I may not reveal some of those private opportunities. But no worries…there are PLENTY of other goldmines waiting for you. Just get out there and find them…and you might want to start by finding out what some “Moms” are up to online!

Proven Content for Successful, Profitable Products

One of my subscribers is taking books and booklets created by the U.S. Government and is making them available in print form through Amazon. He downloads them for free from the Government websites, tweaks them and publishes them through a POD company. Then he has them listed on Amazon. It’s a simple, yet brilliant process with zero cost involved. And here is the sweet part…they’re adding thousands of dollars to his bank account on a very regular basis…thanks to the Public Domain.

There is another subscriber who is downloading Public Domain images and creating composite images of them to sell to the Scrapbooking and Graphic Design markets. Her ideas and designs are amazing and there is zero cost involved for her, and yet she is adding thousands of dollars a month to her bank account…thanks to the Public Domain.

Recently, I have created some video products where I took images and text from the Public Domain and used the online video software, Animoto.com, to turn them into cool video clips that I recently began selling as a package for thousands of dollars to Fortune 500 companies. Zero cost for the content and thousands of dollars in sales…thanks to the Public Domain.

I could give example after example…just from fellow subscribers like you! So let me ask you…

What about you?

The Public Domain is the single greatest source for proven content on the planet…period. And in many cases, the content is freely available…zero cost to you! Millions of Public Domain works are available at your fingertips right now, thanks to the world wide web! It’s sitting there waiting to be used…by YOU!

I use a simple formula for producing successful products. It goes like this:

Proven Content + Creative Innovation = Successful Products

In my new release, “Public Domain Profit Centers,” I address this formula at length and how you can use this simple process to achieve your own success with Public Domain works. I also include 230 or so new websites to find that content…many of the new ones I’ve been using to get my content. All the ones for the examples above are also in there.

The thing that’s great about this new release is that it applies to nearly ANY market, ANY niche, ANY type of business you may be involved with. The information I’ve included in it is not just geared toward Internet Marketers…it’s practical so that everyone can find it useful and helpful…including you.

Learn more about “Public Domain Profit Centers” HERE

Is THIS the Ultimate Niche?

If you had to reveal what you believe to be the ultimate niche to create new products for, what would it be? Think about it for a moment. Would it be the Internet Marketing niche, or perhaps a craft or hobby niche? Would the ultimate niche be a sports niche or a legal niche? What would it be? In this article, I’m going to reveal MY choice for the ultimate niche and why. I’m also going to share how the Public Domain fits perfectly with this niche (and its sub-niches) for creating profitable digital and physical products.

One doesn’t have to ponder the possibilities for very long to realize that the “ultimate niche” comes down to just one choice…and it’s a broad one…

HEALTH

Health (in all its forms) is the one thing that touches every living thing on the planet, from each person around the world to our pets, wild creatures, plants and trees, etc. Health is the elixir of life and is the one thing we strive for above all else. The beauty of this niche is the vastness of it (which is why I see it as the ultimate niche). With sub-niches numbering in the hundreds, or perhaps even the thousands, opportunity is everywhere within the Health niche. Let’s take a look at some terrific sub-niche examples.

  • Herbal Remedies
  • Natural Medicine
  • Natural Cures
  • Homeopathy
  • Exercise
  • Weight-Loss
  • Weight-Gain
  • Internal Cleansing
  • Food Recipes
  • Healthy Living
  • Massage Therapy
  • Sleeplessness
  • Skin Care
  • Illness-Specific Niches
  • Supplements
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Gardening
  • Self-Help
  • Hypnosis
  • Mental Disciplines
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Relationships
  • And Many More!

As you read down over the list, chances are likely that you thought of many more niches than what I included…and that emphasizes my point perfectly. Even with the list I provided above, you could easily take each of those sub-niches and drill down even further…a lot further.

Types of Products
I usually just talk about information products, but with the Health niches, product possibilities extend WAY beyond information products. Of course, you can develop information products of all types in the sub-niches (using mental disciplines as a niche example), including e-books, printed books and workbooks, audio books, and training courses; but then you can also create brain entrainment and binaural beat audios, hypnosis-based programs and more.

If you chose another sub-niche that was body-related, you may consider supplements, skin creams, energy drinks, exercise videos and other physical products in addition to information products. The truth is that the opportunities are nearly endless for a niche that touches every single person on the planet…and that’s VERY exciting!

Using the Public Domain
Some of the best resources available today on many health topics comes from the Public Domain. Honestly, there are very few, if any, Health-related niches that you would not be able to find proven content for from the Public Domain. Books and manuals are an obvious place to begin for finding Health-related content, but you must also consider magazines, spoken-word audios, videos and yes, even patents.

A good place to begin for finding Health-related content is Google Books (http://books.google.com). Perform “subject” searches for specific sub-niche topics, such as with the examples below:

subject:”Exercise”
subject:”Health”
subject:”Health & Fitness”
subject:”Mental Healing”
subject:”Homeopathy”

You can also check out websites such as:

Free Self-Help Books
http://www.absolute1.net/free_self-help_books_online.html

Classic Works in Herbal Medicine
http://www.swsbm.com/ManualsOther/ManOther.html

Searches for Health-related sub-niche keywords at Archive.org (http://www.archive.org) will also return an excellent selection of books, videos and more!

I hope that through this brief article, you begin to see the scope of what is available to you in the Public Domain for creating products in the “evergreen” niche of “Health.” There is much more content available, both online and offline, that what is shared here, but this primer should get you started. If you’re interested in digger MUCH deeper into finding websites that offer health-related content from the Public Domain, you should seriously consider investing in my popular e-book, the Public Domain Code Book (http://www.publicdomaincodebook.com). In it, you’ll discover over 200 websites that offer Public Domain-related content of all types for nearly any niche imaginable. The book is the result of hundreds of hours of research I conducted online to identify the best websites on the net for finding works in the Public Domain.

Tony Laidig

The Public Domain Expert

Language Resources in the Public Domain

There’s an old joke that says, “A person who can speak three languages is called tri-lingual; a person who can speak two languages is called bi-lingual; and a person who can speak one language is called American.”

How many languages can YOU speak? Or perhaps the better question is, how many languages would you LIKE to speak?

In the global society in which we live, languages barriers are crossed on a moment-by-moment basis with companies conducting business abroad and universities offering study-abroad options. But even the cultural fabric of America (and other countries) continues to be woven with an increasing variety of colors. While Americans would like to believe that everyone else in the world needs to speak English, the reality of our society reflects a much different image (and sound).

A while back, I wrote a brief report on how to research for Public Domain works that are published in other languages. In the report, I reveal a pretty clever strategy for using other languages in your search EVEN if you don’t know those languages. If you haven’t read that report and would like to, you can download it here: http://www.tonysyardsale.com/PD_Language.pdf It will definitely help you think about research and selling from a different perspective.

In this post, I want to share resources I’ve found in the Public Domain that will help you learn (or teach) other languages. Of course, you could also use the content to create your OWN language products to sell. I also want to share a research method for finding Public Domain language resources on Google Books (http://books.google.com). We’ll get to those a little later. First, let me share an example of how I used some of the language resources on a personal level. We homeschooled our daughters from 7th grade through graduation and finding quality teaching aids for the upper grades was sometimes challenging. My oldest daughter, Ashlea, wanted to learn a language but didn’t really have a desire to focus on the traditional languages (like Spanish, French, German, etc.). So she decided that the language she wanted to learn was Cherokee, which is a part of our family heritage. We had some trouble locating Cherokee language resources at first, but finally found several that worked perfectly, including a few from…you guessed it…the Public Domain. Ashlea took Cherokee as a language for two years and was the first homeschooled child in the National Homeschool Association to be awarded language credits for learning Cherokee.

I also know of several Native American tribes (such as the Nanticoke in New Jersey) who are using Public Domain language resources to reclaim and re-learn the tribal languages that have been nearly lost. In addition to these types of strategies for using language resources from the Public Domain, there are many other opportunities for products as well. My purpose in this post is to alert you to some of those opportunities as well as to provide you with some resources for a starting point.

Here are a few of the top websites that offer language resources from the Public Domain. As with all websites that offer Public Domain works, be sure to read copyright disclaimers to make sure that the resource you want to use is indeed in the Public Domain. As a rule, most of the content on these sites is in the Public Domain.

Word Gumbo
The site is primarily an archive of public domain and redistributable language learning resources. We are also developing special content for the site which will be of interest to language learners, travelers, linguists, and other language aficionados.
http://www.wordgumbo.com/index.htm

FSI Language Courses
FSI-language-courses.com is the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.
http://fsi-language-courses.com/

Free Language Courses
Language learning products for free download
http://www.freelanguagecourses.com/

Learn a New Language Now
A directory of websites related to languages studies.
http://www.learnanewlanguagenow.com/

Researching with Google Books
The fastest way to locate books on a specific topic on Google Books is by making use of Google’s research options, such as “subject” searches, “intitle” searches, etc. Here are a few examples of “Subject” searches:

Google Books
Indo-European Languages

http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&q=subject%3A%22Indo-European+languages%22&btnG=Search+Books

Google Books
Language and Languages

http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&q=subject%3A%22Language+and+languages%22&btnG=Search+Books

You’ll notice on the search line that the search “keyword” looks like this: subject:”Indo-European languages” Google has categorized many of its books by subject, which helps us find what we’re looking for much faster (thanks Google). If you are interested in finding content on a specific language, say Latin, your keyword search would look like this: subject:”Latin language”. Please notice that there are no spaces in the phrase except between “Latin” and “language.” That’s important!

You can also find language resources at Google books by using the “intitle” feature. This will limit results to those with the included keyword in the title. For instance, if you conduct a search using this keyword phrase… intitle:”language” …you will only return results that include the word “language” in the title.

Here is another cool little trick with Google Books: In addition to the English book search website, Google also offers book search sites in other languages. Here are a few examples:

The Spanish Book Search Site
http://libros.google.es/

The French Book Search Site
http://livres.google.fr/

Of course, to use these sites, you’ll need to enter the book title in THAT language (see my earlier report for a sneaky tactic for this), but I wanted to share this strategy with you so that you begin to understand the vastness of the Public Domain and the opportunities that exist there.

Please feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with internet marketing and other languages. Thanks!

Are You Ready for the Holidays? Better Be!

Spontaneity in business can be a good thing, but the smart information entrepreneur ALSO plans ahead, and that’s what this post is about. It’s August (already) and there are a lot of theme and holiday-related product opportunities coming up that you can take advantage of, but NOW is the time to plan for them. The great news is that there is tons of Public Domain content waiting for you to explode these opportunities into your bank account!

In the United States, the next few months will bring Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, not to mention Fall and Winter themes. If you’ve been thinking about tapping into the power of these times of the year, it’s best to NOT wait until the last minute. Start planning (and executing) your holiday strategies now…and make sure you include the Public Domain!

Here are a few product ideas to consider:

Holiday Recipes: In order for you to really hit a home run with this one, look for the unusual recipes…cultural foods, theme-related treats (101 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World), Etc. There are thousands of recipe books available in the Public Domain.

Ghost Story Collections or Urban Legends: Collect together stories from around the world that relate to this genre. This is a huge market and the Public Domain offers thousands of books and stories.

Victorian Christmas Images: Collect together vintage Christmas postcards or greeting cards and offer them on a CD. You can create beautiful, CD or DVD products using Kunaki.com and there are tens of thousands of these types of images available to use in the Public Domain. You can start your research here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Holidays

Holiday Traditions: Create an audio series of holiday traditions that can be read from Public Domain books and magazines. There is a crazy amount of holiday-related content awaiting you in Public Domain magazines that NO ONE is using. Be the first!

Movie Extravaganza: Produce a collection of theme-related Public Domain movies and offer them as downloads for iPods/iPhones or on DVD. There are lots of classic holiday-related movies in the Public Domain, from “Night of the Living Dead” to “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Don’t forget “Ozzie and Harriet’s Christmas.” Spend some time and www.archive.org.

Crafts: Craft ideas will always be popular! Look for unique ones, like Christmas origami or Native American crafts from corn, etc. You’ll find lots of useful Public Domain ideas at http://books.google.com.

Greeting Cards: I’ve made some decent money making my own Christmas Cards from Public Domain images to sell in packs. People love something different from the norm…so give it to them. You can print the cards yourself on an inkjet printer or have them produced through Cafepress or Zazzle. Have fun with them…Unique, inspiration or comedy will always win the day.

I hope you realize that there is SO MUCH holiday-related content in the Public Domain. You could literally just focus on these types of niches and do quite well every month. Use some imagination and creativity rather than copy what others are doing. Spend some time on Google Trends (http://www.google.com/trends) to see what keywords have been popular over the past few years during certain holiday time periods. And MOST important of all…Get Started NOW! Don’t wait until a few weeks before the holiday and then decide to make a product to sell. Do it now! Otherwise, you’ll miss a LOT of sales!

My “Public Domain Code Book” is perfect for finding all types of Public Domain content…from books and movies to sheet music and audios. It contains well over 250 links to Public Domain-related websites and is now selling at a much lower price. Claim your copy here: http://www.publicdomaincodebook.com.

If working with images is your interest, then you have to invest in a copy of “Easy Money Picture Project.” It is the most complete, comprehensive book on working with Public Domain images on the market…period…and includes tons of website links for images, step-by-step how-to’s and much more. Check it out: http://easymoneypictureproject.com.

Tony

Pay Attention to This…

There is a secret research strategy for finding top quality Public Domain books that I’ve been using for a while now. I’ve hinted at it in the past once or twice, but never, until now, have I come right out and told you, “pay attention to this…and do it!” All that changes today, because once again…today…this strategy has proven itself once again.

There are lots of methods you can use to find Public Domain books…online, at used bookstores, flea markets, the library, etc., but the one I’m going to share shortly has become my method of choice because it has consistently proven itslef to be the quickest way to identify the best niche-related books in the Public Domain. As with any method, it is not a be-all-end-all strategy…and it requires some work…but it certainly builds off my now-famous saying, “You can’t find what you don’t know to look for!” Today, knowing what to look for is about to get MUCH easier because of what I’m going to share. Here goes.

When I first began researching magazines in the Public Domain several months back, I noticed that most magazines advertised books related to the niche the magazine addressed. The same is true today. Nothing earth-shaking there. But then I also noticed that many of the publishing companies who published magazines ALSO published books related to the magazine topic. Very often, the books published were collections of articles from the magazine or were written by their top article writers or editors. Nothing unusual there. As I was researching the copyright status of many of these niche magazines, I became curious about the books that were advertised as well…and that’s when I noticed a trend…

Pay attention to this…

I noticed that every magazine I checked that had NOT renewed their magazine copyright ALSO had never renewed the copyright for any of the books they published! I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule, but I have checked books from nearly a dozen different magazines, and if the magazine itself is in the Public Domain, so are the books they published. This is huge because most of the time, the books that were published by these magazine publishers offered the BEST information they had published. They wanted to sell books, so they “put out the good china” for all who purchased the books. This secret discovery has changed my Public Domain research strategy quite a bit because I started buying a number of those books from the magazines, and guess what…the content is awesome! Two just came in the mail yesterday. So far, every book that I’ve found in a Public Domain magazine that was published by the magazine publisher has provided some of the best Public Domain content I’ve found to date (so far I’ve picked up a couple dozen books in nearly a dozen different niches using this method).

Now, if you want to just hop online, go to some website and download Public Domain content that already been scanned, edited and waiting for you…then this strategy isn’t for you. This method requires some work. You have to:

  • Find and purchase the magazines
  • Check the copyright status of the magazines (and magazine articles)
  • Go through the magazine to search for ads that offer books from the publisher
  • Check the copyright status of the books
  • Find and purchase the books
  • Scan and OCR the books

You may not want to go through all that effort for your content…and that’s okay with me. Just know that my content is likely going to be superior to yours, which means better products and better sales. However, if you are serious about finding quality, proven content for your next niche project, I just handed you the keys to the research kingdom!

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