In the United States, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (the very last of the original Holmes books) is still under copyright and will be for a little while yet. That means that while U.S. residents can legally read all of the other books online for free, if we want to read The Case-Book we have to buy it or check it out from a library. Even though you can get very inexpensive copies of the complete canon, it’s all kind of awkward.
The good news, then, is that Amazon.com is currently taking preorders for the ebook edition of Simon & Schuster’s The Complete Sherlock Holmes. It’ll be released on December 13, 2012, AND IT’S FREE.
Since this book is from a major publisher, I’m assuming that they’ve got all their licensing in order. That makes this a great opportunity to have a legal copy of the complete canon without spending any money at all. You don’t need a Kindle to read it, either—just check out the Kindle Cloud Reader or free apps for alternatives.
It seems that this release is at least in part to promote Robert Ryan’s upcoming novel featuring Dr. John Watson, so I don’t know if that means the availability or price of The Complete Sherlock Holmes will change later. Might want to grab it now, just to be safe. (And a little bird tells me that U.S. residents participating in Canon Fodder Friday may find owning a copy of this very useful very soon.)