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Free on the Internet of special interest to seniors

This page contains links to millions of free movies, books, audiobooks, and more on the Internet.

Go to bottom of page for direct links to some popular old movies.

These are of special interest to seniors not just because they are free, but also because there are many nostalgic and entertaining items from old radio programs to new college-level courses on virtually any subject.

The Internet can be a dangerous place and I am developing another page with suggestions on staying safe but all the sites I list on this page are safe if only because they don't ask for any personal information, not even your email address. How safe can you get!

Most people don't realize there is a vast amount of absolutely free services and entertainment on the Internet. That includes thousands of audiobooks, more than a million books in text and audio as well as millions of videos such as old movies and TV shows.

You can also get a free web site and publish anything you want in an ebook or in paperback - family histories, short stories, that novel you've been working on for 20 years, and even poetry or a cookbook. When I say FREE, I don't mean you give them a credit card and have to cancel services in 30 days or get a bill, I mean absolutely free from places which mostly don't even ask your name, location, or email address. (With the exception of publishing a book - it is free, but you need to register with Amazon for that.

Archive.org  (this link sometimes acts up, if you get an error report, enter www.archive.org in the line for internet sites usually at the top of your screen.)

This site contains a record of almost everything ever put on the Internet (377 Billion pages), including closed web sites and even old content dating back more than a decade. Those are in something called the WayBack machine, a reference to the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. Just enter the address of the site you are interested in.

But the most important part of the library is access to

1.9 million TV shows and movies

7 million audio files including old radio programs and concerts

21 million text files including about 1million books

ALL FREE.

Download to your computer or any device with access to the Internet, OR just view them online without downloading.

 

Wikipedia.com

This is a gigantic up to date encyclopedia rated as every bit as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica. You may already be familiar with wikipedia but there are others including https://en.wikipedia.org/ These are excellent sources of reliable information on the Internet.

 

Youtube audiobooks

Go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=audiobooks&page=&utm_source=opensearch

You can also find free old movies on Youtube.

Audiobooks

Audible.com and Amazon.com both offer audiobooks for a monthly fee, but this is about free items and you can find thousands of free audiobooks at Libravox.org. You can also volunteer to read books for Libravox since all the books are donated.

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks also has free books along with audiobooks, movies, and even courses.

Free college and other online lessons

edX.org offers both free, certificate and some credit college and university courses from top schools around the world. If you chose to audit a class, there is no cost. Courses range from a class on how to draw nature scenes to quantum mechanics and business courses. In other words, something for everyone and again, ALL FREE.

Search

Google is most often used for Internet searches, but they track you and keep records of what you look at.

A free alternative which does not ask for any personal information or track what you search for, go to Yippy.com. This site also organizes search results in a much more user-friendly way. (This search technology was created by a friend of mine who managed all .GOV sites and sold his creation to IBM.)

K-12

Do you have grandkids who you want to help with their homework? Or perhaps you want to brush up on something you studied decades ago. You might want to look at the free classes from kindergarten to college at khanacademy.org A millionaire named Khan developed this massive site to provide a decent education to everyone in the world who has access to the Internet. Khan Academy isn't one of the state certified K-12 home schooling it is a completely free service available to anyone, anyplace.

 

I will be adding more safe and completely free sites as they are verified.