Frequently Asked Questions
• Why aren't the books in the Heritage Libraries protected by copyright?
• Are the illustrations as well as the text copyright clear?
Reproduction and Usage
• I am a teacher. May I copy some of these books for my students?
• May I make copies of the Compact Library books for friends?
• Since the books are all in the public domain, why can't I copy the whole CD?
• May I use the images from the Compact Library on my website?
Printing and Binding
• How can I keep printing costs as low as possible?
• What is the least expensive way to bind self-published books?
• Which electronic reader do you recommend?
• My e-reader reads PDF files. Why do I also need EPUB and MOBI versions?
• What are the system requirements for using the Compact Libraries?
• When I click on a book title in the browser window, nothing happens!
• How does one contact Heritage History with questions?
Why aren't the books in the Heritage Libraries protected by copyright?
As laws currently stand, any book published
in the United States before 1923 is considered to be in the "public domain" and
can be reproduced without paying a royalty to the copyright holder. Until 1998,
American copyright law provided that 75 years after a book was published its contents became
the property of the "public domain". In 1998, however, all U.S. Copyrights were extended
for another 20 years, meaning that no more books can enter the public domain until 2018.
At the time the new law was passed, however, everything published before 1923 was already
deemed to be public domain.
Books published after 1923 can also be public domain if the copyright holder failed
to renew their copyright, or if the copyright holder explicitly renounced their copyright
claim. Heritage History currently concerns itself only with pre-1923 texts. We have
pre-1923 copies of each of the books in our collection physically in our possession
to avert any potential conflict.
Are the illustrations as well as the text copyright clear?
Yes and no. Whenever a visual image is reproduced, the new image is copyright protected. For
example, photographs of great works of art are copyright protected, even if the work
itself is hundreds of years old. Any image that was
published in a book prior to 1923 can be scanned or re-photographed, but if it is, then the new
image is copyright protected. Since Heritage History actually owns original, pre-1923 copies
of almost all of our books, we are able to make digital images of the illustrations therein.
Those images, however, are the property of Heritage History and are not, themselves, in the
Since virtually all of the books in our Compact Libraries employ electronic images, they
cannot be freely reproduced without the permission of Heritage History. However, Heritage
History does in fact grant generous usage and reproduction permission. See the
Reproduction and Usage
I am a teacher. May I copy some of these books for my students?
The Heritage History Compact Libraries were developed especially with educators
in mind. Because all of the books on these disks are no longer copyright protected, we are
able to grant permission for teachers to print multiple copies of these works for
their own needs. This is a unique convenience
that is not possible to offer when working with copyrighted materials.
We require, however, that you do not copy the electronic contents of the Heritage Classical Library,
and confine yourself to reproducing printable versions of the texts.
There is a considerable amount of original content on our CD's, which may not be freely
copied or distributed. The conditions and terms of usage of our material can be
found here. Please review them before copying or
reprinting any of our texts.
May I make copies of Heritage History books for friends?
You may make printed copies of the books and distribute them informally, but you
may not redistribute the electronic books themselves. You are also restricted from
printing and distributing Heritage books for sale to the general public unless granted written
permission by Heritage History. We prohibit the use of our resources for commercial
purposes except under certain conditions, which must be negotiated in advance.
Since the books are all in the public domain, why can't I make copies of the whole CD?
The Heritage History Compact Libraries include a considerable amount of
original material that we have produced in order to promote these traditional history books,
and also a great
deal of "public domain" material that we have laboriously scanned, proof-read, and
formatted. The entire collection, in this particular format, is therefore under
copyright protection. Although we allow and even encourage reproduction of
individual books from our collection for personal use, we prohibit the wholesale
replication of our electronic library.
May I use the images from a Compact Library on my website?
For copyright information about the usage of Heritage History images, refer to the
libraries are intended to be used for personal and education purposes, such as slide-shows, projects,
or illustrating papers. We do not grant usage of our images for commercial or public usage,
including the internet, without special permission. We do, however, allow owners of independent
websites unlimited rights to "source" the images on www.heritage-history.com—that is, to
instantiate an image within html, which references an object in our online libraries.
All of the images on the Heritage History website are accessible and we have search tools
available to help locate images of interest.
Printing and Binding
How can I keep printing costs as low as possible?
We recommend reading the entire page on Printing and Binding
for a complete discussion of the actual costs of printing self-published books.
In short, per-page printing costs can vary dramatically depending on the technology
used, so if you are considering printing more than a few books yourself,
you may want to consider looking into a low-end laser printer, or making arrangements
with someone who already has access to a high-performance, low-cost printer.
What is the least expensive way to bind self-published books?
The cheapest and easiest way to bind self-published books is to stick to
the three-hole punch method with binding rings. To give the product
a more professional look use stiff backing and a clear front cover.
Binding rings of various sizes are available for only pennies per ring,
and if backing and covers are bought in packages of twenty or more,
the complete cost of binding is kept to less than a dollar per book.
If you would like a more professional look you might want to consider
investing in a low-cost comb-binder, easily obtainable for less than about
Having your book professionally spiral-bound, with a stiff back and front cover provided
by the printer will cost you about $4.00. We recommend reading the
page on Printing and Binding for a complete discussion of
Which e-reader do you recommend?
We do not recommend any specific e-reader at this time. This is because
the technology options and pricing of e-readers are changing very quickly so any
recommendation we made based on immediate cost/feature evaluations might be quickly
out-of-date. We also believe that desirability of various e-reader interfaces is
subjective and that interested buyers should evaluate several e-readers in person
before making a purchase.
We do however, recommend that users who have not already purchased an e-reader
should download free-ereader software in order to evaluate features and get
comfortable reading e-books before making a purchase of dedicated hardware. Several
e-reader software packages can run on any computer, and can turn any lap-top
computer into a relatively heavy and clumsy e-reader. Instructions for
downloading the Adobe Reader (which reads PDF files), and the Mobipocket Reader
(which reads MOBI files), can be found
My e-reader reads PDF files. Why do I also need EPUB and MOBI versions?
It is true that most e-readers can read the text of PDF files. Depending on the particular
book however, the PDF conversion sometimes does a poor job with images, captions,
verse, and other unusual formatting options. The EPUB and MOBI versions of the
books, on the other hand, have been optimized to deal effectively with many
formatting irregularities. Since a great many of the books
in the Heritage library include interesting illustrations, tables, poems, quoted
letters, itemized lists, and a variety of other features, we thought e-reader users would perfer
to use versions that preserved as much of the original formating as possible.
Unfortunately, the e-reader market has not yet converged on one, single e-reader
format. The MOBI and EPUB formats are very similar, but not identical. We want
to provide users of any e-reader with a compatible, ready-to-use format. At this
time the easiest way to do this is to simply provide both e-reader formats
to all customers, even though most will likely use one or the other. On the
other hand, by providing both e-reader formats, Heritage customers can be
assured that if they do switch e-reader technology in the future, they will
still have access to their entire Heritage library.
System Requirements and Trouble Shooting
What are the system requirements for using the Compact Libraries?
The files on the Compact Libraries are all "data" rather than "program" files.
They use software that already exists on most computers in order to display
their contents. The "html" folder contains files that run on any internet
Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Firefox, or Chrome. The "pdf" and "guide" folders
contain pdf files that can be read by Adobe Reader, and the "mobi" folder
contains files that can be read by the Mobipock reader. Both the
Adobe Reader, and various Internet browsers already exist on most computers,
and if they do not exist, they can be downloaded for free.
The Mobipocket reader is not as well known,
but it can also be downloaded for free if it is not already on your computer.
Instructions for downloading the Adobe Reader and Mobipocket Reader
are available here.
When I click on a book title in the Browser window, nothing happens!
If nothing happens when you click on a book title in the Compact Library
Browser environment, it is likely because there is a problem with your Adobe
Reader. You may not have the software installed correctly, or you may have
an older version that is not compatible with the latest version of your
Browser Window. Even if you already have an Adobe Reader, there could be
a problem that may be corrected by downloading the latest version. We advise
you to exit the Compact Library, re-install Adobe Reader (at http://get.adobe.com/reader),
and then reboot your computer. This process should clear up any
incompatibility problems between your internet browser and the Adobe Reader.
How does one contact Heritage History with questions?
There are several ways to contact us, all based on the internet.
For permission to use any of our resources for commercial or public use, contact us at
If you have a problem with any of our products, or a practical queston about using the Curriculum, use the address
We strive to respond to all customer service questions within 24 hours.
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