Feeling a bit strapped for cash after Christmas? We know the feeling, but you don’t have to resort to watching Eastenders or reading the back of cereal boxes just yet – we’ve been scouring the internet to find the best (legal) ways to get films, music and books for free. So if you want to save yourself a few pounds this weekend, embrace your inner cheapskate and read on!
The abundance of out of copyright books means you’ll never be short of free stuff to download to your ebook reader or tablet.
Open Culture has a nice list of free ebooks with links to book iOS and Kindle-friendly versions of written works such as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Melville’s Moby Dick and pretty much everything Shakespeare ever put his quill to. If classic literature (or weighty non-fiction screeds such Karl Marx’s Das Kapital and Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations) is your “bag”, there’s hours and hours of entertainment here.
Many libraries also “lend” ebooks for free in much the same way that they lend physical tomes – they have a set amount of ebook licences they can lend out at any one time (which means you might have to wait until another reader is finished with an ebook – and yes, we know how odd that sounds). OK, so you don’t get that “interesting” book smell, but you also don’t have to get out of bed to walk over to the library. Check your local library’s website to find out if they participate.
Main image credit: William Warby