There are two types of out-of-print books:
- Public domain (out-of-copyright) books: Many books have been digitized for archival purposes, and we can use the files to print facsimile paperbacks. Public domain books print with a generic cover that varies depending on the source of the book.The book we’ll print will contain everything that was in the original scan (library markings, notes, etc.).
Examples of authors whose books are in the public domain include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, and many more.
- Non-public domain (still under copyright) books: Many books go out-of-print after a few years and are unavailable for purchase at a bookstore, but they remain under copyright. Often these books are academic titles, industry or trade publications, or fiction books that have dropped off publishers’ radars. Opus has a vast database of many out-of-print titles and can print them in a matter of minutes.
How can I browse for a book from Opus?
- For public-domain (out-of-copyright) books: You have a few options for searching the public domain:
Google Books (books.google.com/books)
Internet Archive (www.archive.org)
On Demand Books (ondemandbooks.com)
For non-public domain books made available by publishers: Search the print-on-demand database by clicking here. Orders for books in this database can be placed through the website. You can also call us at (202) 349-1182 or visit us in-person.
The database of non-public domain books made available by publishers is compiled and managed by On Demand Books, the makers behind Opus.
Click here to see the Opus Bookshelf, a list of the author who have printed on Opus and have chosen to sell their book through us..
How much do the books cost?
The cost of a book in the public domain depends on the number of pages. The cost of a non-public domain book is set by the publisher. If you're uncertain about the price of a book, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you choose the cover you want on previously-printed books?
No, you must use the covers that download with the book files. If you are printing your own book, you are free to design any cover you wish.
Can you change the size of the text on previously-printed books?
No, you cannot modify the text size as part of the printing process.
How do I know what my book will look like when it prints?
For public domain (out-of-copyright) books, your book will have a generic cover. You can preview the inside of the book by looking at the PDF we’ll use to print it. Please note: the quality of public domain books vary depending on the source material.
Non-public domain books will have the cover provided by the publisher.
Are books printed on Opus returnable?
Unfortunately, Opus books are non-returnable. However, we make every effort to make ensure you are fully aware of the quality of the Opus book you purchase.