Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Minimal-Hoop Ten

Ten Things for Free That Don't Require a Lot of Hoop-Jumping

Art: Photographer Marc Silber will give you Focus on Beauty, a free e-book of his work if you subscribe to his newsletter here.

Books, Graphic Novels and More: Wowio.com calls itself "the only source where readers can legally download high-quality copyrighted ebooks from leading publishers for free. Readers have access to a wide range of offerings, including works of classic literature, college textbooks, comic books, and popular fiction and non-fiction titles." (Registration required; evidently sponsors pay to put ads in the books and the author gets a cut, which pays for everything, although they're a little fuzzy on the details.)

Books, Special Format: ManyBooks.net has 20,978 free eBooks available here, all formatted for reading on your PDA, iPod or eBook reader (small donation requested but not required, looks like all you have to do is register.)

Books, Adobe .pdf Format: Adobe has started a free-to-download eBook library here; to read them, you have to be running version Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05 or later.

Craft: Learn how to knit and crochet with the free, full-color e-book Maran Illustrated Knitting & Crocheting (no download option on this one, but you can read it online or print it out.) *Note 9/3/10: Since Scribd.com instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed my free library from their site, and no longer use or recommend using their service. My free reads may be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs; go to my freebies and free reads page for the links. See my post about this scam here.

Music: Enter your e-mail (not to be used for spam), and Nine Inch Nails will send you a free EP with "five high quality, DRM-free, fully-tagged MP3 files from a place to bury strangers, does it offend you, yeah?, crystal castles, deerhunter, and nine inch nails. Your download will also include cover art and a pack of digital extras."

Nonfic: Author Jenna Glatzer and publishing attorney Daniel Steven are offering a free e-book version of their nonfic book, The Street-Smart Writer: Self-Defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World for anyone to download; see details here on Jenna's blog.

Print Book: You can get a free print copy of The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham by simply filling in the form at the link; while supplies last, allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Rev. Graham's ministry also offers a new, free inspy print book each month at the site, so check back for other titles.

Recipes: Sign up here to receive a free copy of "your Best of Cooking Light Supper Clubs™, Volume III mini-magazine and monthly Supper Club Dish e-newsletters from Executive Chef Billy Strynkowski. The mini-magazine and e-newsletters include seasonal menus, wine-pairing options, clever shortcuts, and entertaining tips all to help you host your best Supper Club party yet! Note: Mini-magazines will be mailed out in August 2008."

Screenplay/Script: If you're like me and absolutely adored the movie Young Frankenstein, you can download, read online or print a copy of the original script on Scribd here. For you youngsters, someone also posted the script for Juno and the shooting script for There Will Be Blood here. *Note 9/3/10: Since Scribd.com instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed my free library from their site, and no longer use or recommend using their service. My free reads may be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs; go to my freebies and free reads page for the links. See my post about this scam here.

6 comments:

  1. You don't know how happy I am to see the Alice books in the Adobe PDF library. I was just about to read them again, and I was dreading doing so via the text file I have. Of course, now I'm going to end up downloading all the books on that list, and I won't get anything else done all summer. And I'm going to have to look into Wowio, if they have college textbooks; with both my brother and myself in college this fall, anything that cuts into what we'll have to pay for textbooks would be a big help.

    Re: Nine Inch Nails: In addition to the tour sampler you linked, their newest album, The Slip, is also up for free download at nin.com, as well as the first nine tracks off their instrumental album, Ghosts I–IV. (Sorry to go all promotional in your comments; I just really love NIN.)

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  2. Thanks for all the freebies information. I will have to hit many of those sites when I get home from work tonight.

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  3. Thanks. I've never listened to Nine Inch Nails before, and this download was interesting. I'm not so wild about their tour bands, but their tune isn't too bad. Julia, I missed those things on their website, so I'm off to check them out.

    Several other treats in this batch as well. Thanks, again.

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  4. The Nine Inch Nails artwork is gorgeous.

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  5. Embrace your extraordinary powers PBW: since your post, WOWIO has gone global.

    Perhaps you might use this as a bargaining chip for that NYT bestselling author thingy and get yourself in step with the fame of your series. . .

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