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60 Free And Legal Websites To Download Literature (For Bookworms)

60 Free And Legal Websites To Download Literature (For Bookworms)

Free books online are perfect for the avid reader. The genres range from classical literature to historical fiction to biographies and tons more. Life Hack is here to offer you all the best sites at no cost and are completely legal.

The Classics

Stay ‘classy’ with these finds:

Classic Book Shelf
Changes the font and background colors for ease of reading.

Project Gutenberg
Oldest e-Book library on the internet!

Page By Page Books
From Sherlock Holmes to War of the Worlds can be found here

Classic Book Library
Books available for younger readers are available.

Classic Reader
Shakespeare, YA, and so much more!

Historical Fiction

Love Historical Fiction? Find them here!

Public Bookshelf
Romantic get-aways set back in time!

Get Free E-Books
Dramatic settings with a historical backdrop.

Obooko
A little something for everyone.

Free E-Books Lounge
Browse their huge library for some fantastic stories!

E-Books Directory
Over 20.000 books available and growing.

Classic Literature Library
The UK’s site for all things classic!

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LibriVox
Stories with a historical backdrop available here

Fiction

Adore fiction? Get them free at these sites:

Read Print
Fiction for kids, young adults, and adults.

Planet E-Book
Fiction, including Sy-Fy and Fantasy.

Bibliomania
Find bibliographies and so much more!

Literature Library
You’ll find Darwin to Descartes here.

Fiction.US
Novels, screenplays, short stories, and more!

The Internet Database Of Fiction
Offers popular authors like, J. K. Rowling.

Free Online Novels
Christian novels, as well as, fantasy, adventure, mystery, and more.

Foxglove
A British site offering fantasy, satire, and assorted fiction books.

Baen Free Library
Books published by Baen are available here for free.

Non-Fiction

Love a great true story? Then don’t miss these:

Amazon.com
Available for Kindle.

Free E-Books.Net
Biographies, Autobiographies and so much more.

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Bartleby
World renowned non-fiction site.

BookRix
Choose from thousands of titles!

Textbooks

Struggling student? Check out these options:

Medical and Dentistry Textbooks
Biology, Anatomy and much more, including lectures.

MIT Open CourseWare
Includes videos and text on engineering, mathematics, and chemistry.

Business Textbooks
Find everything related to business at this site.

Textbook Revolution
Biology, Mathematics,Engineering and more.

Science And Math
Find your passion for math and science here.

Light And Matter
Open Source physics materials.

 Books For Kids

A great way to introduce a love for reading to kids:

byGosh
Illustrated children’s books, poems, and short stories!

Munseys
Over 3,000 books for kids available.

International Children’s Library
Fiction and non-fiction titles kids will love.

LookyBook
Even teachers love this award-winning site for kids.

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History and Culture

Love learning about history? Then these picks are for you:

American History

Chronicles from 1776-1965.

The Perseus Project
True stories from Greek and Rome!

Online Books 4 Free
Free History books galore!

Most Popular History Books
Find works  such as, The Autobiography Of A Female Slave and many others.

Mystery

Snuggle up to some of the best mystery books you’ll find anywhere!

Mystery Net
Offers free, short stories.

Top Mystery
From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Hitchcock, all free!

Mystery Books
Includes selections from Sue Grafton, and many, many others, at no cost.

Miscellaneous

Banned Books
Hundreds of select books that were once legally banned.

World E-Book Library
A massive collection of books, for both children and adults!

DailyLit
Think you don’t have time for reading? This site offered readings in only 15 minutes.

A Celebration of Women Writers
This site provides award-winning novels by women.

Free Novels Online
Choose from a wide selection of available novels.

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Many Books
Includes recommendations from authors and readers.

Authorama
Includes selections from Google Books and far more!

Prize-Winning Books
Books that made the cut from the Newberry award to the Pulitzer.

The Road To Romance
Perfect for a romantic read, stories include authors such as Patricia Corwell.

Arts And Entertainment

Books On-Line
Find celebrity gossip, movie scripts, and more on Hollywood!

Chest Of Books
Enjoy books on the culinary arts or the art of gardening all at no cost.

Free E-Books
Enjoy books on beauty and fashion, as well as hundreds of other titles!

2020ok
Like photography or the arts? Then this site is for you.

Free Art Books
Whether your interest lies in film, writing, or the visual arts this site is for you.

Web Design
Find the help you need here to design the perfect site, at absolutely no cost!

Fashion Books
For every fashion divas! Enjoy all that is fashion at this site.

Questia
Over 5,000 titles to choose from, includes rare books.

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Published on November 8, 2018

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

2. Set your own boundaries

Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

Here are some important traits to consider:

  • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
  • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
  • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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3. Continuously invest in yourself

Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

4. Document the value you bring

Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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Here are some ideas:

  • joesmith.com
  • joeasmith.com
  • joesmithprojects.com

Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

5. Hide your salary requirements

Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

6. Do just enough research

Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

7. Get compensated by your value

Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

The bottom line

You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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