If you got a new ereader or tablet for Christmas—or if you have an old one that needs an infusion—Amazon and Apple would be happy to sell you ebooks and movies to fill it. Or you could just load up on these free goodies instead.


The lists of free stuff, compiled by Open Culture, include ebooks, movies, audio books, online courses, language classes, and textbooks, all formatted for your device of choice. You should take some time to peruse the selection yourself today, but here are a few highlights to get you started.

Free Ebooks

Free Movies

Free Audio Books

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [iTunes, Free MP3]
  • Canterbury Tales — Geoffrey Chaucer[iTunes, Free MP3]
  • Heart of Darkness — Joseph Conrad [iTunes, Free MP3]
  • The Swimmer — John Cheever [Free Download]
  • War of the Worlds — HG Wells [iTunes]

And remember, that's just a very small sampling; there are over 700 ebooks and movies and over 600 audio books, plus all kinds of textbooks, online classes, and language courses. Head over to Open Culture for the full reckoning, and enjoy never being bored again. [Open Culture]