If you plan to use content from Public Domain magazines for your niche projects, you’ll need to find actual physical issues of the magazines related to your niche. Because of some of my own projects in-process, I’ve been extremely motivated to find the best sources for old magazines without having to pay “collector” prices for them. Would you like to know where I’m buying MY magazines from? Thought you might. Below are a few websites I’ve been using or plan to use for finding those Public Domain magazine gems.
http://www.ebay.com – I almost always start here, and make sure you don’t overlook the eBay Stores. Most of my purchases actually come from the Stores and NOT the regular auctions (hint).
http://www.abebooks.com – My second stop. I’ve found some great buys here, especially magazines in bulk. If you can find the offers, bulk is the way to go. You can get your per-issue costs down to pennies.
http://www.pastpaper.com/ – This is a fairly new site (to me) that offers a lot of magazines, and their prices aren’t bad either, depending on what you’re looking for. I plan to investigate further because they offer a huge selection.
http://www.trussel.com/books/magdeal.htm – The website offers a collection of 91 magazine dealers, some with websites, some not. Definitely worth checking out.
For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to verify magazine copyrights, go here: Public Domain Magazine Secrets.