If you have an e-reader and you are downloading torrents of books to read, it is important to make sure that you are downloading books that are in the public domain or where the copyrights holder has authorized or licensed free downloading, and that are not violating copyright.
This is a matter of legality and ethics – if you were a living author you wouldn’t like it if everyone downloaded your book without paying for it, depriving you of the royalties you deserve! However, there are many classic novels that were published many decades or centuries ago which no longer have a copyright on them, so you can download them using torrent software like Vuze without having to worry.
“But old books are boring!” you say. Not necessarily. There are many fantastic and timeless old classics out there that are just as relevant and exciting as they were the year they were published. They will captivate your interest, challenge your way of thinking and entertain you.
I urge you to read some of these classic books. Not only will you not have to worry about infringing copyright when downloading them, you will enjoy the excellent writing, fascinating ideas and entertaining plots and characters that they have to offer.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau was an original hipster. He was way too independent and forward thinking to follow along with society, so he went out in the woods in the middle of nowhere, built a cabin and lived there for two years – writing down his thoughts about self-reliance, solitude and how those in society were living “lives of quiet desperation”. This book will really shake up your thought processes and leave you thinking about your own existence. It will also captivate your interest with some great stories of surviving out in the wilderness.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Published in 1873, this classic by adventure writer Jules Verne is more entertaining than all of those travel bloggers that you are following on Twitter and Instagram put together. The novel tells the tale of Phileas Fogg and his bumbling French servant Passepartout as they take on a wager that they cannot circumnavigate the world in 80 days. They get in a series of action-packed adventures along the way, including saving a beautiful local woman in India from being burned on a funeral pyre with her dead husband and being attacked by Sioux warriors while taking the train across the USA. It’s outrageous, hilarious and page-turning and perfect reading for your next travel adventure.
The Invisible Man by HG Wells
This fascinating and creepy science fiction novel was originally published in 1897 and tells the story of a scientist who has invented a way to change a body’s refractive index so that it reflects no light and becomes invisible. He tests the process on himself, but is then not able to reverse it. It is a fascinating novel that has a very tragic end and it brings up a lot of interesting ethical questions as you read it – what would you do if no one could see you do it?
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
This is a fascinating and somewhat dark and disturbing story that tells a tale of being driven to madness by living in the Congo wilderness and brutality of European colonialism in Africa. The story is of Charles Marlow, an ivory transporter down the Congo River and it contains complex commentary on racism, colonialism and much more. It was rated in 1998 by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Novels in English of the 20th Century.
This novel was famously adopted into the 1979 film Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola, which relocates the story to Vietnam and Cambodia under the Vietnam War. The story is emotionally powerful and chilling and still gripping even though it was written in 1899.
These are just a few examples of gripping, exciting, interesting and entertaining novels that you can download for free without worrying about copyright infringement. Even though they were all written more than 100 years ago, they are still relevant to our society and what it means to be human and they still entertain their readers. Once you get stuck into one of these great stories, you will never think that older books are boring again!
James Murphy is a big book lover. He is always in the middle of reading at least one or two novels and he enjoys reading modern literature as well as old classics.