Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

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Santa left a new KindleiPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn’t get a new gadget, fear not. You can access all of these materials on the good old fashioned computer. Here we go:

Free eBooks: You have always wanted to read the great works. And now is your chance. When you dive into our Free eBooks collection you will find 700 great works by some classic writers (Dickens, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare and Tolstoy) and contemporary writers (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut). The collection also gives you access to the 51-volume Harvard Classics.

If you’re an iPad/iPhone user, the download process is super easy. Just click the “iPad/iPhone” links and you’re good to go. Kindle and Nook users will generally want to click the “Kindle + Other Formats links” to download ebook files, but we’d suggest watching these instructional videos (Kindle – Nook) beforehand.

Free Audio Books: What better way to spend your free time than listening to some of the greatest books ever written? This page contains a vast number of free audio books — 630 works in total — including texts by Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell and more recent writers — Italo Calvino, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, etc. You can download these classic books straight to your gadgets, then listen as you go.

[Note: If you’re looking for a contemporary book, you can download one free audio book from Audible.com. Find details on Audible’s no-strings-attached deal here.]

Free Online Courses: This list brings together over 1100 free online courses from leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, UC Berkeley, Oxford and beyond.

These full-fledged courses range across all disciplines — historyphysicsphilosophypsychology, business, and beyond. Most all of these courses are available in audio, and roughly 75% are available in video. You can’t receive credits or certificates for these courses (click here for courses that do offer certificates). But the amount of personal enrichment you will derive is immeasurable.

Free Movies: With a click of a mouse, or a tap of your touch screen, you will have access to 700 great movies. The collection hosts many classics, westerns, indies, documentaries, silent films and film noir favorites. It features work by some of our great directors (Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Luc Godard and David Lynch) and performances by cinema legends: John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, and beyond. On this one page, you will find thousands of hours of cinema bliss.

Free Language Lessons: Perhaps learning a new language is high on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Well, here is a great way to do it. Take your pick of 46 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, English, Russian, Dutch, even Finnish, Yiddish and Esperanto. These lessons are all free and ready to download.

Free Textbooks: And one last item for the lifelong learners among you. We have scoured the web and pulled together a list of 200 Free Textbooks. It’s a great resource particularly if you’re looking to learn math, computer science or physics on your own. There might be a diamond in the rough here for you.

Thank Santa, maybe thank us, and enjoy that new device….

Dan Colman is the founder/editor of Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus and share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.


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  1. Geoff Jones says . . . | December 25, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    New Kindle owners get a free Kindle Unlimited membership, which lets you “borrow” books for free.

    Check out THE DINOSAUR FOUR, a fast, fun sci-fi thriller with great characters to root for (and against), mysteries, surprises, and lots of dinosaur action.

    4.3 out of 5 stars (231 customer reviews)

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KK1SU9W

  2. Heather Morris says . . . | December 25, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    A great free language education site is http://duolingo.com It’s like a free Rosetta stone!

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  5. Fred says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 1:45 am

    some of the free movies don’t work on an iPad. Eg stalker. They direct me to try watching it on a PC instead.

  6. PragmaticStatistic says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 4:06 am

    MyReadingMapped has 40 interactive Google Maps of historic exploration expeditions that are based on free eBooks that you can read and follow in an online Google Map that enable you to zoom in on the actual, ruins, villages, battlefields and river crossings.Each placemarker is page reference and quoted from the book to verify the location. Maps like Lewis And Clark, Marco Polo, Xuanzang, Shackleton, Barentzs, Mutiny on the Bounty, and more.

    The site also has Google Maps of shipwreck and plane wrecks, ancient ruins, fossil sites, undersea phenomena, plate tectonics and more.

    http://myreadingmapped.blogspot.com/

  7. Eliodor I Tungul says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Iam looking forward to that great entertainment

  8. Bonnie Boyles says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 8:17 am

    I love freebie

  9. Sue Bowden says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 9:39 am

    I would like to know if there’s any Tefl,
    Courses with qualifications free.
    Many thanks

  10. Lorna Levy says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 10:24 am

    Sounds wonderful asset

  11. Rock Cervantes says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 11:15 am

    Thanks for sharing these info. Getting them for free is like getting gifts in themselves. Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2015 to you.

  12. dav says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    There are thousands of free technology and business related eBooks over at http://www.TradePub.com as well.

  13. PJ says . . . | December 26, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    Don’t forget that your library card unlocks thousands of classic and contemporary ebooks, audiobooks, films, albums, and magazines. Some libraries have bigger digital collections than others, but you’re missing out if you don’t explore these options.

  14. Ramani Ramaswamy Iyer says . . . | December 27, 2014 / 1:31 am

    I wish to have ebook, movies and learning English literature special Bard of Avon the great

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