lucy24 - 1:33 am on Jul 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
That could be interpreted that original poster is possibly trying to rank for public domain text
... and now we're edging into an area I actually know something about, because the kind of e-books I work with are all in the public domain.
Think about why humans choose one source over another when the words themselves are the same.
#1 they did an exact-text search, or title-of-work search, and this happens to be the site they landed on
or, #1b, one of the top ten results is, let's say, jatakagateway dot com while the other nine are everything-but-the-kitchen-sink scrapers recognizable as such even to the casual human
or, #1c, one of the top ten is your area's equivalent to amazon or wikipedia so the visitor goes there by force of habit
#2 the texts are presented in an outstandingly usable and accessible form
You can't do much about #1. Work on #2.