The Portable Library of Liberty (PLL) is a data DVD which, in version 6.0 (September 9, 2011), contains 1,047 titles in various E-Book formats (text-based PDF (1,047 titles), ePub (845), and Kindle/Mobi (810)) drawn from Liberty Fund’s web site, The Online Library of Liberty (OLL) . The main Web site can be found at [http://oll.libertyfund.org] where the titles can be found in additional formats: a facsimile PDF version so scholars can see what the original looked like, and an HTML version for searching and ease of use.
The books on the PLL DVD are designed to be read on both computers and handheld reading devices like the iPad, the Nook, or the Kindle. The EBook PDFs can be read within a web browser by using a plugin such as Adobe’s PDF Reader or they can be opened and read in a stand-alone PDF reader such as Adobe’s Acrobat Reader (a free download) or Apple’s Preview. Many handheld devices can also read PDFs (such as the iPad). The ePub and Kindle versions can be read on a variety of devices. The ePub format has been widely adopted by device manufacturers, except for the Kindle which is limited to the Mobi format. Other devices, such as the iPad can also read Kindle formatted texts when a Kindle reader app has been installed.
Liberty Fund encourages the use of these texts for academic and educational purposes as long as due regard is given to the copyright and fair use conditions stated below as well as on the front page of each title, and as long as proper attribution is given to Liberty Fund’s website or DVD as the source of this material when it is cited.
Among Liberty Fund’s activities is the publication of new, authoritative editions of classic works which explore some aspect of the interrelationship of liberty and responsibility in individual life, society, governance, or economics. Liberty Fund books are beautifully produced, adhere to rigorous standards of scholarship, and can be found in many personal and academic libraries around the world. Over 200 titles on the PLL are books published by Liberty Fund. You can browse our current catalog (a copy of which can be found on this disk) and order copies from our online catalog if you wish.
There are four different types of texts which Liberty Fund has put online as part of the Online Library of Liberty:
For titles in the first three categories listed above, no special permission from Liberty Fund is required for quoting material in papers and essays, or for limited photocopying and distribution for academic or other educational or non-profit purposes. The only requirements are that you include proper attribution on the first page of the document being distributed - e.g. for John Locke’s The Two Treatises of Government you would say either of the following:
For titles in category two and three, any reprint of material "for profit", such as a chapter or a substantial section of an online book for inclusion in a book or other publication for sale, requires written permission from Liberty Fund.
For titles in the fourth category you must follow the specific requirements of the copyright holder whose work we publish online under license. In the case of the Glasgow Edition of the Works of Adam Smith published under license from Oxford University Press, for reprint or copying permission you need to contact OUP directly. Under our contractual obligations with OUP we have placed the following declaration on the front page of every book and section of the online version of the Glasgow Edition of the Works of Adam Smith:
The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith and the associated volumes are published in hardcover by Oxford University Press. The six titles of the Glasgow Edition, but not the associated volumes, are being published in soft cover by Liberty Fund. The online edition is published by Liberty Fund under license from Oxford University Press.
© Oxford University Press 1976. All rights reserved. No part of this material may be stored transmitted retransmitted lent or reproduced in any form or medium without the permission of Oxford University Press.
Thus, for reprint or copying permission you need to contact OUP directly. Liberty Fund cannot grant you this permission because it is not the copyright holder.
Specific copyright information for each title can be found on the information page for that book.
The images which accompany the collection of Quotations about Liberty and Power and author biography pages are drawn from a number of sources. Most come from out-of-copyright illustrations or images of the title pages from the books we put online. Others are repoduced with thanks from The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University (notably Adam Smith, Herbert Spencer, and John Stuart Mill). Some others come from other out-of-copyright sources such as Wikipedia.
We have tried to replicate on this data DVD many of the features which can be found on the Online Library of Liberty website. On every page in the PLL there is a navigation menu on the left hand side with the following items:
Here are some tips to help you find what you are looking for. There are two ways to search for the book or author you are interested in. The first is the Quick Search page from which you can search for a key word in either the book's title or an author's name across the entire collection. The second way is to go to one of the pages about authors (People, Periods, or Schools of Thought) or about Titles (Titles, Subject Areas, or Topics). Many of these lists are very long as the PLL contains over 1,000 full text titles. Start typing a key word in the Filter field and the list will collapse to show only matching items. Deleting characters from the filter or refreshing the page will restore the complete list. You may also click on any of the links at the top of the page to jump down to that section of the list. Clicking the ↑ (up arrow) will take you back to the top of the page.
The PLL disk also includes the collection of quotations which have appeared on the front page of the OLL website since its launch in March 2004 (298 by September 2011). These Quotations about Liberty and Power are sorted by the date they originally appeared at the OLL website. They provide an interesting cross-section of the material which can be found here and at the OLL website. If you wish to see the most recent quotation (a new one is added nearly every week), or to view the quotations sorted by theme, visit the main website [external link]. A quotation from this collection appears at random on the front page of this disk. Each time you visit the front page or refresh your browser window a new quotation will be randomly selected to appear.
The Portable Library of Liberty is a subset of the much larger collection of material which we have at the Online Library of Liberty website. The PLL DVD contains only the EBook version of the books (text-based PDF, ePub, and Kindle), whilst at the OLL website we have most titles in additional formats such as facsimile PDFs and HTML. Some of the additional material at the OLL website which is not available on the PLL DVD include the following:
To use any of the above features go to the OLL website at [http://oll.libertyfund.org].
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These programs focus on the place individual liberty has in an intellectual heritage evident from ancient times and continuing through to the present. The programs are intended to enrich understanding and appreciation of the complex nature of a society of free and responsible individuals and to contribute to its preservation.
As a tax-exempt, private operating foundation, Liberty Fund’s purposes are educational. It does not, therefore, engage in political action of any kind. It fulfills its mission by conducting programs, not by awarding grants to outside organizations or individuals.