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A Free Trial Offer for The Great Courses Plus: A Special Deal for Open Culture Readers

We've told you about the Great Courses Plus before--a new video subscription service that lets you watch free courses (about 8,000 lectures in total) across a wide range of subjects, all taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The topics cover everything from History, Philosophy, Literature, and Economics, to Math, Science, Professional Development, Cooking, and Photography. And you can binge-watch entire college courses in a matter of days by watching videos on your TV, tablet, laptop and smart phone, with the help of apps designed for Apple, Google Play, Kindle Fire, and Roku.

Interested in trying out this service? Right now, the Great Courses Plus is offering a special deal for Open Culture readers. If you click here, and sign up for a free trial using the code openculture (one word), you can use this service for 30 days ... for free. And then, if you would like, you can get the next two months at 50% off ($9.99 per month). You will need to supply a credit card number up front. But if you cancel before the first 30 days, your card won't be charged. If you cancel before the second 30 days, your card will be charged $9.99. And if you cancel before the third month, you will only be charged another $9.99. That means you can learn a tremendous amount over the next 90 days, for a very low fee. It also means you can try out a service that may become one of your ongoing favorites.

Personally, I've watched 17 of their courses in recent years and can vouch for the product. And Bill Gates swears by them.

Again click here, and make sure you use the code openculture (one word).

Note: The Great Courses is a partner with Open Culture. So if you sign up for a free trial, it benefits not just you and Great Courses Plus. It benefits Open Culture too. So consider it win-win-win.

Criterion Collection Films 50% Off for the Next 13 Hours: Get Great Films at Half Price

FYI. For the next 13 hours, the Criterion Collection is running a flash sale (click here), giving you a chance to purchase "all in-stock Blu-rays & DVDs at 50% off." Just use the promo code COOP and get classic films by Hitchcock, Lynch, Welles, Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, and many others.

Stephen King Turns Short Story into a Free Webcomic

Prior to becoming a household name, Stephen King did time as a high school English teacher and a laborer in an industrial laundry. These days, he could insulate his lovely Victorian home with crisp hundreds if such were his whim. Yet it seems he hasn't forgotten what it's like to watch every penny, wishing there was enough fat in the budget for the purchase of one measly comic book based on an insanely famous author's obscure short story…

Are generosity and the remembrance of past struggles motivating King to dole out artist Dennis "X-Men Noir" Calero's graphic adaptation of his short story, “The Little Green God of Agony,”  for the next seven weeks?

Or is he researching what it feels like to be an undiscovered writer in the digital age, anxiously dangling free content on his website in an attempt to build readership?

Broken into thrice weekly installments to be delivered over a period of eight weeks, King's story concerns one Andrew Newsome, the sixth richest man in the world, and Kat MacDonald, the exponentially less well-to-do RN caring for him in the wake of a debilitating accident, another subject to which King is no stranger. As of this writing, the comic is only available on the author's website, though the King juggernaut is so unstoppable, the next move may well be a film, a tv miniseries or a Broadway musical. Maine winters are long and cold. Perhaps even the master of suspense warms to the prospect of some extra insulation.

You can start following the “The Little Green God of Agony" here.

via GalleyCat

Criterion Films 50% Off

Not a bad deal. Right now, Barnes and Noble is running a big sale on films in the Criterion Collection. They're offering 50% off of hundreds of classic and contemporary films, including Fellini's 8 1/2, John Ford's Stagecoach, Howards End with Anthony Hopkins, Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, Steven Soderbergh's Che and many more. Films are available in DVD and Blu-ray. Dig into the sale here.

Good “Reads” On Audible (with Freebie Possibilities)

paul_austerA quick note: Audible has recently launched a series called the Audible Modern Vanguard (more details here) that brings groundbreaking works and authors into unabridged audio for the first time. Here, you'll find works by Paul Auster (one of my faves), Saul Bellow, John Cheever, John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, and William Kennedy.

There are some good "reads" here, and, unless I'm mistaken, there's a way that you can download one for free. I've created a page where you can get information on Audible's (no strings attached) 14 day trial here, which gives you a completely free download of any audio book you choose.

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