When an author dies, their books remain in copyright for 70 years, even if the book is long since out of print. Authors are no longer around to steward a book and often their heirs have no interest. If nothing happens the book becomes “orphaned” — it exists in printed form in libraries, but no one can legally create more copies, let alone digital ones. Today a large part of Icelandic scholarship from the latter half of the twentieth century is in danger of being orphaned. Many older authors would, however, like to allow open, digital access to their works — not just after their death but also right now. Over the years a number of such authors have contacted the Dagsbrún Library for help.
These are usually authors of books which were never intended to make a profit — rather, printing them on paper and selling them was a necessary evil in order to be able to distribute them in the pre-digital days.
Our staff has developed special expertise in assisting these authors and helping them rescue their own works from orphan status. There are several ways to ensure that these books are scanned and made available for free to future generations. We know how to do this at very little cost and while respecting any publication rights that publishers may still have.
In another open-access project, our staff have linked freely available scans of Icelandic books held by HathiTrust (a consortium of mostly American university libraries) to the books’ records in the Icelandic national library catalogue. These books are generally pre-1874 and some of them are difficult to find on paper. Linking these scans to the Icelandic national library catalogue helps ensure the catalogue’s continued viability as a search portal for Icelandic material.
Below is a list of some of the books which our staff has helped authors place in open access.
Arnar Bjarnason, Export or die: the Icelandic fishing industry
Ágúst Einarsson, Greinasafn: úrval greina og erinda um stjórnmál, menningu …
Ágúst Einarsson, Greinasafn: síðara bindi: úrval greina og erinda um …
Ágúst Einarsson, Hagræn áhrif kvikmyndalistar
Ágúst Einarsson, Hagræn áhrif tónlistar
Dagný Kristjánsdóttir, Frelsi og öryggi
Eiríkur Bergmann Einarsson, Jón Þór Sturluson, Hvað með evruna?
Eysteinn Sigurðsson, Bólu-Hjálmar
Friðrik Haukur Hallsson, Útlendur her á Íslandi
Friðþór Eydal, Vígdrekar og vopnagnýr
Gísli Gunnarsson, Monopoly trade and economic stagnation
Gísli Gunnarsson, Fiskurinn sem munkunum þótti bestur
Gísli Gunnarsson, Upp er boðið Ísaland
Gísli Gunnarsson, A study of causal relations in climate and history
Gísli Gunnarsson, Fertility and nuptiality in Iceland’s demographic history
Gísli Gunnarsson, The sex ratio, the infant mortality …
Gunnar Karlsson, Hvarstæða
Gunnar Karlsson, Að læra af sögu
Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson, Verbal syntax and case in Icelandic
Helga Kress, Guðmundur Kamban
Helga Kress, Máttugar meyjar
Helgi Skúli Kjartansson, Myndmál Passíusálmanna
Hildigunnur Ólafsdóttir, Alcoholics Anonymous in Iceland
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson og Kolbrún Bergþórsdóttir, Tilhugalíf
Jón Gunnar Grjetarsson, Síbería: atvinnubótavinna á kreppuárunum
Jón Friðjónsson, Phonetics of modern Icelandic
Jón Sigurðsson, Bifrastarævintýrið og Jónasarskólinn: skerfur og saga
Jón Þ. Þór, Landhelgi Íslands, 1901-1952
Loftur Guttormsson, Bernska, ungdómur og uppeldi á einveldisöld
Matthías Viðar Sæmundsson, Ást og útlegð
Matthías Viðar Sæmundsson, Mynd nútímamannsins
Páll Bjarnason, Ástakveðskapur Bjarna Thorarensens og Jónasar Hallgrímssonar
Páll Valsson, Þögnin er eins og þaninn strengur
Sigríður Dúna Kristmundsdóttir, Doing and becoming
Sigríður Valfells og James Cathey, Old Icelandic: an introductory course
Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson, Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Samfélagsleg áhrif verkalýðshreyfingarinnar á 20. öld: …
Svanur Kristjánsson, Frá flokksræði til persónustjórnmála
Vésteinn Ólason, The traditional ballads of Iceland
Þorleifur Hauksson, Arna saga biskups
Þorleifur Hauksson, Endurteknar myndir í kveðskap Bjarna Thorarensens
Þórir Óskarsson, Undarleg tákn á tímans bárum