Choosing Public Domain
Before you start your search for public domain works that you can use to create
products, you need to have a clear objective in mind. In other words, just knowing that you want to use a public
domain work to create your own product isn't enough. You need to know what type of work it is that you want to
create, and what public domain work will fill your need.
It is never a good idea to go into anything blindly. You will of course want to
conduct market research, just as you would with any other type of product that you wanted to create. Is there a
market for your idea?
A good way to find out if there is a market is to go to a search engine and type
in keywords that would be used to search for your potential product. Pay close attention to the sponsored
Also go to your local bookstore and look at magazines that relate to your topic,
again paying close attention to the ads. If you go to your public library, you can see back issues as well. Have
certain advertisers purchased advertising space in previous issues as well? When dollars are being spent on
advertising consistently, you can bet that there is a market.
Once you know there is a market for your idea, the next step is to determine how
you want to deliver your product. Will it be a physical product such as a DVD, a CD, or a printed book or manual?
Will it be a digital product, such as an ebook? You need to determine this, because the format that the public
domain work you choose may matter a great deal to you.
Now that you know what you want to create, and what format you want to deliver
your product to your customers in, it will be easier to determine exactly what public domain material you are
seeking - and of course knowing that will lead you to the right source to find it!