The Great Gatsby
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Why isn't this book considered a free classic? I would say it is just as much of a classic as F. Scott Fitzgerald's other works...
asked by cskrb on June 5, 2012
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It's not a free classic because it's read in high schools and colleges across the country. That's too much money for any bookseller, including Amazon, to pass by.
Stag under moon answered on June 18, 2012
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It is still under copyright protection and therefore is going to be sold and not given away for free.
Richard Hayes answered on June 20, 2012
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They aren't going to do that with a new movie coming out. Too much new interest.
Samantha Carver answered on June 26, 2012
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Copyright protection is the only fact-based response to the question. The other comments may be true, but copyright protection is the legal reason why this book is not yet in the "public domain" when it can be offered for free. However, I do think that charging $12.99 is excessive for the only Kindle edition of Gatsby offered.
diane rt answered on July 6, 2012
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I personally do not mind paying for books - but not $12.99 for an ELECTRONIC BOOK that requires no printing by the publisher.
Tammy McCormick answered on October 16, 2012
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The Great Gatsby is in the Public Domain in Australia. If you are in Australia you can get this legally for free at Project Gutenberg Australia.
Eric Hellman answered on December 2, 2012
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Under U.S. copyright law, a copyright lasts 70 years after the author passes away. Just guessing but that provision was probably included in the law to provide for his wife and children.
Gary P. Landry, author of "River of Mist and Light" and "The Bridge Tender."
G. Landry answered on April 29, 2013
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The EFF's your friend now:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/why-isnt-gatsby-public-domain
Dylan Cuffy answered on May 12, 2013
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