Announcing: Recovering the Classics

May 08, 2013

Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting, inspiring, and lasting.

That’s why the we at the Creative Action Network are bringing together illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes for Recovering the Classics, our campaign to create beautiful, high-quality covers for 50 of the greatest books in the public domain. With help from our partners at DailyLit and The Harvard Book Store, we’re able to make these covers available as part of high-quality epub files or paperbacks specially printed by the Harvard Book Store.
At a time when battles over copyright are raging, the value of the public domain is clear. We believe that projects like this are an important part of keeping our creative heritage fresh and vibrant. That’s why we’re so excited to bring in new generations of creators to remix, remake, and reimagine art for some of our favorite books.  
We’re already well on our way, but we’d love to get as many people involved as possible. We’re currently seeking submissions before the gallery goes public May 27th, and will continue accepting new submissions after that at 
http://recoveringtheclassics.com/contribute
We hope you’ll submit a cover or two, and come back to check out the gallery on 5/27!

Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting, inspiring, and lasting.

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What A 90 Year Old Government Art Project Has To Offer Today’s Cultural Organizers

March 14, 2013

It’s five years after the financial crisis and America is starved for solutions. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans is unemployed. Ragtag groups of students, unemployed workers, veterans, and the generally displaced, are occupying public spaces around the country. Republicans in Congress have blocked any significant government intervention.  It was in that climate, in the fall of 1932, that we hoped for change with a new president. 

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Why We’re Crowdsourcing Art for Classic Book Covers

March 13, 2013

The idea of the “public domain” goes all the way back to ancient Rome (probably further), where the law prohibited certain things from being owned by citizens because they existed for all to enjoy—like air, sunlight, and the ocean. As societies around the world advanced, copyright laws emerged to protect the interests of the content creators, and soon only work that was too old or uninteresting “fell” into the public domain.

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