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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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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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