Sunday, 17 June 2007

More Free Chess Books(?)

I had previously mentioned a resource for free downloadable chess books (check the posts for April 2007), and I have just come across another one. A website called Bookyards has a collection of chess books (and a whole lot of other books) for downloading in pdf format. Simply visit the site and do a search on "chess" to see what comes up.
While the majority of books seem old enough to be out of copyright (and in the public domain) there seems to be a number of more recent books such as "The Art Of Attack In Chess" that I wonder about the copyright status of. The website has a legal disclaimer stating that all books are in the Public Domain but if you're not sure of the legality, I'll leave the decision up to you.
The only other thing to note is before downloading a book you have to wait about 15 seconds while a short video is played. What the video is for, and what videos are shown (seems to change each time) are at this stage unknown to me. (So viewer beware!)


Bookyards said...

Thankyou for your comments on Bookyards.

I will check into the status on some of the books that you mentioned that may not be in the public domain. This sometimes happens, and when informed we get rid of them right away. We are a Canadian website that follows Canadian copyright rules (they are different from the U.S. and far more lenient).....but we still try to follow U.S. rules.

As for the video ads, we are experimenting with various advertising models. Bookyards has always been free, but the site is becoming increasing popular with the result that bandwidth use is now increasing.......the bandwidth beast has to be fed.

Bookyards said...

An Update ....I read your April post on Lasker, the best way to find out if a book is copyrighted in the U.S. is to use a Standford University database located at the following

His book is not registered, but normally a U.S. author .... if he has registered his book, will be protected 80 years after his death. For a Canadian copyright book, this is 50 years.

As for Vladimir Vucovic's book 'The Art Of Attack in Chess" it is not registered in any U.S. or Canadian copyright database.

You are right about the impact that Chess books copied and put on the net can have. This is something that I have been looking at for a long time......and for us it is only now economically feasible to do so.

I am hopeful that by the end of the summer....and having input from bloggers like you.... I will have a good selection of a few dozen chess books that I can upload onto the site. Your input will be appreciated. Just leave a comment on my blog at

Mario said...

I couldn't find "The Art of Attack in Chess" at Bookyards. Was it removed?

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