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Is Stuff Really Free?

Scientific research funded by government grants indicates that the fourth-most popular activity in the Internet might be searching for free stuff. Mighty search engines constantly troll gabillions of web sites, electronically peering deep into the online world of stuff that costs nothing. We, as sentient humans, need only to browse to Google or Yahoo or Bing, but hopefully only Google. Finding free stuff online could hardly be easier.

Unfortunately, sorting through voluminous volumes of no-charge items can be daunting. We present a brief compendium of gratis goodies guaranteed to gratify even the most gratuitous. Read onward to learn how you, yes you, can obtain stuff for free. We're here to help.

Jumble, 3 Free Puzzles

The generous folks who sell us Jumbles want to give us free Jumbles. For a limited time, probably several years or more but don't quote us on that, you can download a set of free word games guaranteed to require solving.

A Jumble is a set of scrambled words just waiting to be unscrambled by you or someone like you. The unscrambled words contain a subset of letters comprising another scrambled word, or phrase, which completes an extremely bad pun. People eat this stuff up, even if it is free.

Harry Potter, years 1-5

Relive 10 minutes of the first 5 Harry Potter movies, edited in such a way as to remind you what happened without all the tedious character development and exposition. These trailers are free and actually quite worth it, if you only have 1/6 of an hour to invest. Plot lines are teased, adorable child actors trundle toward adulthood, monsters are banished, and magic saves the day. It's all bundled into a tidy little download that comes to you for free.

Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them

If you have a Kindle, you probably realized shortly after removing it from the box that it's virtually worthless without something to read on it. Sure, it's an OK drink coaster when you have more friends than traditional coasters, but it's actually intended to simulate a book, not prevent your mahogany breakfast nook from suffering water stains.

This innovative eBook guides you through the intricacies of getting more eBooks. Theoretically, this should the first eBook you install on your new Kindle. If you're too late, you can certainly get some utility from what's 'written' here.

25 Language Phrasebook from Mobile Reference

Should you be sufficiently fortunate to take a vacation in this economy, be sure to have something to say when you arrive. At least, be able to ask for directions to the Kindle store or where to find WiFi. This handy phrase book will get you up and running in almost no time at all. You'll learn how to introduce yourself in over 24 languages including Croatian and Arabic. Also included is a free overview of where each language is spoken, thus preventing you from asking for spare change in Turkish on the Champs-Elysees.

Weights and Measures Study Guide: Conversion of over 1,000 units including Length, Area, Volume, Speed, Force, Energy, Electricity, Viscosity, Temperature, & mo

Everyone needs to weigh and/or measure something once in a while. All too frequently we forget the units for electrical impedance or how many meters are in a kilometer. This handy eBook goes with you whenever you have your Kindle. You'll never miss out on a trivia question when the subject turns to translating polar angles to force vectors. Furlongs per fortnight conversions will never again embarrass you at a fancy-dress party. It could happen.

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

Never should we send our kids off to graduate school without a thorough knowledge of classical fairy tales. What kind of parents would we be? Tuck this free book into their Kindle and abandon them in their dorm room to ponder the mysteries of magical ducks, shoe-wearing cats, and and other fairy-tale related stuff. It's all free and it's all here.

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens could not possibly have imagined that his literary classics would someday arrive electronically and free of (monetary) charge. He spent his time contriving diverse plot lines and abstruse character names to confound high school students in the 21th century. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells probably imagined free electronic books, but not Mr. Dickens. Anyway, it's free and you'll probably need to read it some day.

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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

nicomp: I love my kindle and one of the reasons I bought it was the huge selection of free books that came with it.. or rather were available for download. Most of the classics were there for free. Yes I had to buy the kindle and I think I paid about $120 for it... but it has 3500 free books...so it was virtually free itself. Great hub and I enjoyed reading. I think you should make a series out of it.... voted up and awesome.


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

All of my Google searches for stuff begins with the word "free". I found free books for my Android, pc and netbook. Good job on pointing out some more freebies.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Love free stuff. My favorite is the phrasebook, since I'm a bit of a language nut. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Marie Gail 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

The free classic literature is always worthwhile. Other things, probably not so much.


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Ed Michaels 4 years ago from Texas, USA

When I first received my Kindle last Christmas I immediately went and bought new books for it. I read those in less than a month. then, I hit the free books available for kindle, and I still am working through those, adding new ones as a new interest appears (recently the rise of the KKK and its revival in the early 1900s). It is great. I read fairy tales to my son on it from Wales, China, and other places. I can take it everywhere without making the choice of the one thing I want to read and carry with me. Also, you can't beat the price for collected works of major 19th century authors well worth reading than free for the Kindle--portable and free.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

@Ed Michaels... I agree. It makes it much easier to take your library with you. I like it that I can also download text books now and that saves me carrying another 20 lbs.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I am not the biggest fan of Kindle (enough of electronic screens) but I love the idea that out of copyright books (which includes tons of great older literature) are free.


Derdriu 4 years ago

nicomp, What an imaginative, intelligent, interesting list of freebies on the Internet! Who'd have thunk? In particular, I like the free conversions and jumbles since I know Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling by heart (tee hee).

Thank you for the kind sharing, etc.,

Derdriu

P.S. Gulp! I thought kindle was a coaster. Thank you for setting me straight and giving me free applications for its proper use.

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