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You Can Now Watch Live TV for Free on Sling

Sling TV has launched what it’s calling Happy Hour Across America. This opens up Sling Blue to new Sling customers every night. Allowing you to watch dozens of live TV channels and thousands of on-demand titles, all for free, with no credit card required.

Sling TV Wants You to Stay in and Sling

People who have canceled their cable subscriptions now have a number of live streaming TV services to choose from. One of which is Sling TV. And with parts of the US in lockdown due to COVID-19, Sling TV has launched its Stay in and Sling initiative.

This provides free access to news and entertainment, with a 24/7 news channel providing updates, and a selection of movies and TV shows to keep families entertained. And now Sling TV has gone one step further with Happy Hour Across America.

How to Access Sling Blue for Free

Happy Hour Across America offers free access to Sling Blue every night from 5pm to Midnight ET. While you do have to register for an account, you don’t have to enter your credit card details. Which means not having to worry about cancelling at a later date.

Sling Blue, which normally costs $30/month, provides access to 32 live channels, including AMC, Discovery, and FX. You can also access thousands on on-demand titles, and use Sling’s free cloud DVR to record shows to watch in your own time.

This offer is only available in the US, and only to new Sling customers. And while Sling’s Happy Hour Across America is clearly going to be available for a limited time only, the company hasn’t yet said when it’s going to end. So make the most of it while you can.

To access Sling Blue for free, just follow the instructions on the Happy Hour website.

Other Live Streaming TV Services Are Available

This is a generous offer from Sling TV, especially as it has resisted the urge to ask everyone for their credit card details. Sure, Sling TV hopes that you’ll enjoy Sling Blue enough that you’ll sign up once this is all over, but there’s no obligation to do so.

And remember, Sling TV is just one of the best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters. So if you like the idea of cutting the cord in favor of streaming but don’t like the user interface or selection of channels, there are other options available.

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You Can Now Use Google Stadia for Free

Google is giving away Google Stadia for free to help keep people entertained through the coronavirus pandemic. The company is offering free access to Stadia Pro for two months, and once signed up, you’ll get instant access to nine games.

What Is Google Stadia?

For the uninitiated, Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that lets you stream video games on a range of devices. And because Google’s data centers are doing the hard work behind the scenes, you don’t need powerful hardware to play triple-AAA title.

In March 2019, Google unveiled Stadia, and in November 2019, Google launched Stadia. In our review of Google Stadia, we described it as a “promising cloud gaming experience hampered by unreliable setup, a limited launch library, and missing features.”

How to Get Google Stadia for Free

In a post on The Keyword, Google explains that while social distancing is important, “staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating.” However, “video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home.”

So, with that in mind, Google is “giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.” The games available for free include GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and SteamWorld Dig 2. You can also buy additional games to play on Stadia.

To access Stadia Pro for free, go to Stadia.com and sign up. Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS. Then play one of the nine games available for free on any of the supported devices. NB: You will need either a keyboard and mouse or a USB controller.

This is rolling out gradually, so it’s possible that the free version is not yet available in your region. If that’s the case, check the Stadia website again in 24 hours. And if you’re already a Stadia Pro subscriber, you won’t be charged for the next two months.

The Best Cloud Gaming Services

Google Stadia has garnered mixed reviews to this point. However, as it’s now free for two months, this is the perfect time to try it out for yourself. And even if you don’t like Google Stadia, here are the best cloud gaming services to stream video games.

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The First Harry Potter Audiobook Is Now Available for Free

You can now listen to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook for free. This is part of a wider initiative called Harry Potter at Home, which is designed to provide entertainment for adults and kids alike while we’re all stuck at home due to COVID-19.

J.K. Rowling has built a whole Wizarding World around Harry Potter, with books, films, merchandise, and a website meaning you can’t get away from her creation. And now, via a post on Wizarding World, the author has launched Harry Potter at Home.

How to Listen to The Philosopher’s Stone for Free

Harry Potter at Home gives people a number of resources to explore while at home. And the timing is obviously due to the coronavirus pandemic which has led governments around the world to enact stay-at-home orders in order to slow the spread of the illness.

The headline feature of Harry Potter at home is the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Which is now free to listen to on Audible. Just head to Audible Stories to listen to the English version, as read by Stephen Fry, for free.

If you have a library card, you can also read the ebook yourself via OverDrive. Rowling has also granted teachers a temporary open license allowing them to post videos of themselves reading from any of the books in the series. Click here for guidelines.

This is billed as just the start of what’s going to be offered through the initiative. So fans should bookmark the Harry Potter at Home hub to be the first to find out about other Potter-themed activities as they’re revealed.

The Best Harry Potter Apps for Your Smartphone

Harry Potter at Home is a nice gesture, and should help people while away the hours in lockdown. However, J.K. Rowling also knows that this will help a new generation of youngsters discover her Wizarding World, which benefits her in the longterm.

Regardless, putting the cynicism aside for a moment, the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook is well worth listening to, especially for free. And if you want more, here are the best Harry Potter apps for Android and iOS.

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You Can Now Watch HBO Shows for Free

HBO is giving away some of its best TV shows for free. It’s also throwing in a handful of movies and documentaries, again for free. This programming is all available for a limited time only on HBO NOW and HBO GO, and all without the need for a subscription.

How to Watch HBO Shows for Free

Starting from April 3, you can watch some HBO shows, movies, and documentaries for free through HBO NOW or HBO GO. In all, HBO is giving away almost 500 hours of programming “for a limited time,” but at least until the end of April.

You’ll be able to stream this content without an HBO subscription on HBONOW.com or HBOGO.com, or by downloading the HBO NOW or HBO GO apps. It will also be made available via “participating distribution partners’ platforms” in the coming days.

The TV shows on offer include The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Ballers. There are multiple seasons available for each show, which means it’s possible to binge-watch the entire run of some of the best shows ever made.

The movies on offer include Isn’t It Romantic?, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Documentaries include McMillion$, The Apollo, The Case Against Adnan Syed, and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

Download: HBO NOW on Android | iOS
Download: HBO GO on Android | iOS

Beware Free Netflix Subscription Scams

This free HBO content is only available in the US, at least officially. However, if you use a VPN to mask your location you should be able to access HBO from wherever you are in the world, and, as a consequence, stream these TV shows and movies for free.

HBO is far from the only company giving stuff away for free due to the coronavirus crisis we’re all living through. In a similar vein you can now watch Live TV for free on Plex. However, despite what that email claimed, Netflix isn’t offering free subscriptions.

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You Can Now Watch Live TV for Free on Plex

Plex is giving away its Live TV feature for free for up to three months. Live TV is normally only available to Plex Pass subscribers, but for a limited time only, anyone with a free Plex account (plus a couple of other necessities) can watch Live TV without paying a penny.

How to Watch Live TV for Free on Plex

Given the coronavirus pandemic that is forcing people to work from home, lots of companies are doing what they can to help. And Plex is no exception, offering three months of Live TV for free to anyone who wants it. As detailed on the Plex Forum.

To watch Live TV on Plex, you’ll need a Plex account (available for free), a Plex Media Server (also free to set up), a TV antenna, and a TV tuner. You can then watch any over-the-air broadcasts available in your area on the device of your choosing.

There are some caveats: This does not include DVR functionality or any other premium features. These features still require an active Plex Pass subscription. You’ll also only get 48 hours of guide data, whereas Plex Pass subscribers get two weeks’ worth.

Even with these caveats, this means you can now watch Live TV on Plex for free between now and June 30. Which is nice. Obviously, Plex will be hoping to persuade some of you to buy a Plex Pass after this ends, but there are reasons why you don’t need a Plex Pass.

Tips and Tricks to Help You Master Plex

We’re big fans of Plex here at MakeUseOf, so we have compiled a list of the best tips, tricks, tutorials, and guides to help you master Plex Media. You can use this exhaustive resource for help and advice whether you’re new to Plex or an experienced user.

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You Can Now Use Scribd Free for 30 Days

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Scribd is opening its virtual doors to everyone. This means that you can use Scribd free for 30 days. And Scribd isn’t even asking for your credit card details, so there’s zero chance of the company taking your money by accident.

Self-Isolating Due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic, which causes COVID-19, is making thousands of people sick around the world. In the most extreme cases, people are dying from the illness. And the best advice is to stay at home and isolate yourself from the rest of society.

This is all well and good, but staying cooped up in your home 24/7 can be extremely boring. Yes, even if you subscribe to Netflix. So, to ease that boredom, Scribd is opening up its library of reading material to anyone who wants in. And all for free.

How to Use Scribd Free for 30 Days

Trip Adler, founder and CEO of Scribd, outlines the offer on the Scribd Blog. He states that because “reading is the most powerful tool we have for connecting and sharing the human experience […] access to books and information is more important than ever before.”

Therefore, anyone can access Scribd for free for 30 days by following this link and signing up for an account. You don’t need to provide your credit card information, but you will have to sign up for an account using Google, Facebook, or your email address.

The offer expires on April 17, 2020, and is only available to “new first-time subscribers”. So if that describes you, you can get access to Scribd’s “millions of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles, and more” for free for up to 30 days.

Read Our Guide to Working From Home

Scribd usually costs $8.99/month, so this is a sweet deal for those who are eligible for it. Sure, Scribd will be hoping some users who try the service for free will enjoy it enough to subscribe after their free 30 days are up, but there’s no obligation to do so.

If you have decided to work from home to combat the spread of COVID-19, be sure to check out our guide to working from home. And then once you’ve finished your work for the day, you can explore the library of content Scribd has to offer.

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How to Get a Windows XP Download Free From Microsoft, Legally

Want a free Windows XP downloaded from Microsoft? It’s possible using a virtual machine. This article explains how.

Windows XP is old, and Microsoft no longer provides official support for the venerable operating system. But despite the lack of support, Windows XP is still running on 5 percent of all computers around the globe. Why are people still using Windows XP? Mostly due to work, research, or entertainment.

Finding a copy of Windows XP isn’t easy. Finding some hardware to run it on is just as difficult. That’s why the best option is to install Windows XP in a virtual machine so you can keep it on hand at all times. Here’s how you do it!

Is Windows XP Really Available for Free?

Microsoft knows that there are good reasons to jump back into Windows XP. That’s why they supply Windows XP Mode, a full version of XP that runs within Windows 7. However, most of us have long since moved on from Windows 7, making this compatibility fix… well, a little unhelpful.

Luckily for you and me, there’s a relatively easy way to take the Windows XP Mode download and load it up in any virtual machine of your choosing. Before we begin, you need a few things:

  1. Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox.
  2. Download and install a file archive tool.
  3. A copy of Windows XP Mode (see below).

Step 1: Download Windows XP Mode Virtual Hard Disk

Head to the Microsoft Windows XP Mode download page. Select Download. On the next page, select WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe, then hit Next. The Windows XP Mode executable will now download.

windows xp mode download

When it completes, don’t install it yet!

Instead, browse to the executable, then right-click and select 7-Zip > Open archive > cab from the context menu.

extract xp mode archive

This immediately opens the executable in 7-Zip for you to have a poke around. There are three files:

xp mode sources

Open Sources to reveal another three files:

xp mode internal folders

Double-click xpm. This is the XP Mode virtual hard drive folder. It should look the same as the image below:

xp mode virtual hard disk

These are the files you need to create the XP Mode virtual hard disk. Unfortunately, they’re Archive files and not executable files, meaning they’re currently Read-only.

You need to extract these files to a new folder.

Select Extract from the toolbar, then press the ellipsis icon next to the address bar. Browse to where you’d like to extract the files—your C: drive is fine—and select Make New Folder. I’ve called my folder “Windows XP Mode,” but the choice is yours. When you’re ready, press OK, then OK again to start the extraction process. This can take a minute or two.

Head to the folder you created when the extraction process completes. You’ll see the same list of files. The difference is that you can now edit these files as you see fit.

Select the file named VirtualXPVHD. Press F2 to rename. Insert a period between the “P” and the “V,” and press Enter. The file should immediately change into a virtual hard disk, and the icon to boot:

xp mode virtual hard disk gif

Step 2: Install Windows XP Mode in a Virtual Machine

Before we completed the XP Mode virtual hard disk extraction, I asked you to download and install VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a free app that allows you to run operating systems in a window.

We’re going to install the Windows XP Mode virtual hard drive in VirtualBox.

  1. Open VirtualBox. Select New. At bottom of the Create Virtual Machine window, select Expert Mode (if your window shows an option for Guided Mode, you’re already using Expert Mode). Now, give your virtual machine a suitable name. If you include “XP” in the virtual machine name, the Version will automatically change to reflect that. Even so, double-check the Version is Windows XP (32-bit).
    virtualbox select operating system
  2. Assign the virtual machine some memory. Memory is a shared resource, meaning both the host (your PC) and the guest (the virtual machine) use it concurrently. Luckily, Windows XP is old and doesn’t require buckets of RAM to run. I would advise assigning a minimum of 512 MB (but you won’t need more than 2048 MB).
    virtualbox select memory
  3. Finally, we need to assign a hard disk—the virtual hard disk we extracted from the Windows XP Mode executable earlier. Under Hard disk, select Use an existing virtual hard disk file. Then, hit the folder with the green arrow. Browse to the folder we extracted our files to, select VirtualXP, then Open.
    virtualbox select hard disk

When you’re done, your new virtual machine setup should look like this:

virtualbox create virtual machine

Okay? Hit Create.

Step 3: Windows XP Mode Disk Settings

Before you boot up your shiny new Windows XP virtual machine, you need to tweak a few settings.

On the VirtualBox toolbar, press Settings. Head to System. Look at the Boot Order. Uncheck Floppy, and move it down the list. Promote Hard Disk to the top of the pile. Just like your host PC, the virtual machine has a specific boot order. You need the virtual hard disk at the top of the list, so it boots first:

xp mode boot settings

Under Display, increase Video Memory to 128 MB:

xp mode video memory

Windows XP Virtual Machine Network Settings

Next, check the Windows XP virtual machine network settings. Older versions of VirtualBox required a more manual approach to network configuration. The software is smarter these days (read: automated) and usually picks up your network settings without prompt.

For instance, my Windows XP Mode virtual machine works using the default configuration: using NAT, the VirtualBox-specific adapter, and ensuring Cable Connected is checked.

xp mode adapter settings

However, if it doesn’t work (and you’ll realize the good or bad news in a moment when you fire up the virtual machine), you can try an alternative configuration.

  1. Set Attached to: Host-only Adapter
  2. Set Name: VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter
  3. Set Promiscuous Mode: Deny
  4. Check Cable connected

Using the Start Menu search bar, type “network,” and select the Network and Sharing Centre. In the left-hand column, select Change adapter settings. Hold CTRL and select both your Ethernet/wireless card and the VirtualBox Host-Only Network. Then, right-click and select Bridge Connection.

bridge network connection

“Combining” the adapters creates a network bridge, allowing the virtual machine to connect to a network even though it doesn’t have direct access to the router (or alternative switch):

network bridge

When you enter the virtual machine, you’ll have to update your network adapter settings:

  1. Head to Control Panel > Network and internet Connections > Network Connections.
  2. Then, right-click the Local Area Connection, and select Properties. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then select Properties.
  3. Select Use the following IP address, and enter an available IP address for your home network. For instance, I will enter 192.168.1.10. Enter your Subnet mask and Default gateway.
  4. Unsure what they are? On your host machine, press Windows Key + R, then type CMD, and hit Enter. Now, type ipconfig /all. You’ll find the information you need listed under your Ethernet or wireless adapter name.
  5. Enter the same DNS server addresses as the host. I use Google DNS, so I’ll enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
  6. Hit OK.

windows xp tcp/ip settings

Step 4: Run the Windows XP Virtual Machine

You extracted the virtual hard disk. You created a virtual machine, fiddled with the settings, and now you’re ready to hit the power switch.

Highlight your Windows XP Mode virtual machine on the main VirtualBox window. Double-click it and wait for Windows XP to burst into life:

windows xp boot virtual machine

Looks like you made it!

There is a strong possibility that your mouse will not immediately work with the Windows XP Mode virtual machine. Navigate the operating system installation pages using the Tab key, arrow keys, Spacebar, and Enter key.

Complete the installation. You’ll arrive at a completely black screen. Don’t worry! Press Right Ctrl + R to restart the virtual machine.

When it reboots, you can Cancel the New Hardware Installation and Microsoft Automatic Update wizards. Instead, head to Devices > Install Guest Additions CD Image. The VirtualBox Guest Additions CD Image adds some handy functionality to VirtualBox, including custom resolutions and mouse options. Use the default installation location and wait for the setup to complete:

xp mode guest additions

You might encounter warnings that you are attempting to install unsupported software and/or drivers. Select Continue Anyway. Once the Guest Additions installation completes, select Reboot now.

xp mode guest addition install

(If it fails to reboot, restart the virtual machine again.)

And there you have it. A working, fully-featured Windows XP installation to call your own.

What About Windows XP Product Keys?

The Windows XP Mode virtual machine has a temporary license that expires after 30 days.

If you have an old Windows XP license, dig it out and enter it to try to keep the virtual machine alive. I say “try” because the Windows XP activation servers are long offline, but you can try a phone activation.

If you are feeling devious, you could try the old Windows activation loop, whereby you reset the trial license back to its original 30-day counter. However, I haven’t tried that using the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, so you will have to conduct a private experiment.

But the easier solution is to create a snapshot of the Windows XP Mode virtual machine straight after installation. Then, when the license expires, you can revert to your fresh snapshot (but you’ll lose all the data on the virtual machine, so bear that in mind).

Without snapshots, you’ll have to keep reinstalling the Windows XP Mode virtual machine.

Windows XP Is Not Secure

Note that just because you have Windows XP working doesn’t mean you should use it! Windows XP is no longer suitable as a primary operating system because of the security risks. If you are still running Windows XP on your home computer or laptop, you should consider upgrading to a modern operating system. Here’s how you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.

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The 10 Best Free Ebook Download Sites

Free ebook downloads are hard to find unless you know the right websites to visit. This article lists some of the best sites that offer free ebooks for you to read.

1. Overdrive

overdrive homepage

Overdrive is the cleanest, fastest, and most legal way to access millions of ebooks—not just ones in the public domain, but even recently released mainstream titles.

There is one hitch though: you’ll need a valid and active public library card or to be a student to have access to these free ebooks. Overdrive works with over 30,000 public libraries in over 40 different countries worldwide. In addition to free ebook checkouts, you can also listen to audiobooks for free.

If you can access the service, you will have instant access to the latest The New York Times Bestsellers. The list is updated weekly, so you will never miss out on a hot read.

2. Library Genesis

library genesis homepage

Library Genesis is a search engine for free reading material, including ebooks, articles, magazines, and more. As of this writing, Library Genesis indexes close to 3 million ebooks and 60 million articles. It would take several lifetimes to consume everything on offer here.

Both fiction and non-fiction are covered, spanning different genres and types.

Since it’s a search engine. browsing for books is almost impossible. The closest thing you can do is use the Authors dropdown in the navigation bar to browse by authors, and even then, you’ll have to get used to the terrible user interface of the site overall.

It’s better to search instead for a particular book title, author, or synopsis. The Advanced Search lets you narrow the results by language and file extension.

The legality of Library Genesis has been in question since 2015 because it allegedly grants access to pirated copies of books and paywalled articles, but the site remains up and open to the public.

3. Centsless Books

centsless books hompage

Unlike the other sites on this list, Centsless Books is a curator-aggregator of free Kindle books available on Amazon. Its mission is to make it easy for you to stay on top of all the free ebooks available from the online retailer.

Note that some of the “free” ebooks listed on Centsless Books are only free if you’re part of Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, Kindle Unlimited might not be worth the money.

NB: Since Centsless Books tracks free ebooks available on Amazon, there may be times when there is nothing listed. If that happens, try again a few days later.

4. Project Gutenberg

gutenberg homepage

Another of the best free ebook download sites is Project Gutenberg. It’s a charity endeavor, sustained through volunteers and fundraisers, that aims to collect and provide as many high-quality ebooks as possible. Most of its library consists of public domain titles, but it has other stuff too if you’re willing to look around.

As of this writing, Gutenberg has more than 60,000 free ebooks on offer. They are available for download in EPUB and MOBI formats (some are only available in one of the two), and they can be read online in HTML format.

You can browse the library by category (of which there are hundreds), by most popular (which means total download count), by latest (which means date of upload), or by random (which is a great way to find new material to read).

5. ManyBooks

manybooks homepage

ManyBooks is a nifty little site that’s been around for over a decade. Its purpose is to curate and provide a library of free and discounted fiction ebooks for people to download and enjoy.

Much of its collection was seeded by Project Gutenberg back in the mid-2000s, but it has since taken on an identity of its own with the addition of thousands of self-published works that have been made available at no charge.

Downloads are available in dozens of formats, including EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and each story has a rating out of five stars.

6. Feedbooks

feedbook listing

Feedbooks is a massive collection of downloadable ebooks: fiction and non-fiction, public domain and copyrighted, free and paid. While over 1 million titles are available, only about half of them are free.

The split between “free public domain ebooks” and “free original ebooks” is surprisingly even. A big chunk of the public domain titles are short stories and a lot of the original titles are fanfiction. Still, if you do a bit of digging around, you’ll find some interesting stories.

Most of the ebooks are available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. They even come with word counts and reading time estimates, if you take that into consideration when choosing what to read.

7. PDFBooksWorld

pdfbooksworld homepage

Between the three major ebook formats—EPUB, MOBI, and PDF—what if you prefer to read in the latter format? While EPUBs and MOBIs have basically taken over, reading PDF ebooks hasn’t quite gone out of style yet, and for good reason: PDFs offer universal support across platforms and devices.

If you want to stick to PDFs only, then you’ll want to check out PDFBooksWorld. While the collection is small at only a few thousand titles, they’re all free and guaranteed to be PDF-optimized. Most of them are literary classics, like The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, and so on.

For other formatting issues, we’ve covered everything you need to convert ebooks between different file types.

8. Open Library

open library homepage

Open Library offers an easily searchable directory of all the free ebooks that are available on The internet Archive. You might be surprised at the number of books available. The total library is pushing towards 1.5 million items.

On the Open Library’s homepage, you can readily find the books in which you might be interested thanks to the scrollable categories. Some of the most popular categories include Romance, Kids, and History. You can even find some textbooks lurking in the catalog.

The site is open source and anyone can edit the information available for each book.

9. Free-Ebooks.net

free-ebooks homepage

Free-Ebooks.net offers thousands of free ebooks. The content is broadly split into six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Self Help, and Business.

To be able to download free ebooks from Free-Ebooks.net, you will need to sign up for an account. An account is free to create. Once you have an account, you can download up to five free titles every month.

In addition to English, books are available in dozens of other languages.

10. International Children’s Digital Library

childrens library homepage

If your child is a bookworm, you could find yourself spending masses of cash on new titles. Unless, that is, you find a reliable source of free ebooks for kids. As such, the International Children’s Digital Library is a godsend for anyone who has young readers in the house.

Books are available in a variety of lengths and reading difficulty levels. You can even search by criteria that might stimulate kids, such as the color of the cover. Each book is listed in a specific category for easy searching.

Titles are available in four languages—English, Persian, German, and Yiddish.

More Ways to Find Free Ebooks

Don’t forget about Amazon Prime. Specifically, Prime Reading, which grants access to thousands of free ebooks in addition to all of the other amazing benefits of Amazon Prime.

Start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and start reading today!

Now that you have a bunch of ebooks waiting to be read, you’ll want to build your own ebook library in the cloud.

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Download “Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies” For FREE (Worth $40)

Without dwelling on the technical mumbo-jumbo, Windows 10 For Dummies takes you through everything you need to know about Windows 10, from the basics to the more advanced features.

This all-in-one ebook is a collection of 10 mini-books that you can easily hop around to find the information you need, to take your Windows 10 skills to the next level.

Before you know it, you’ll be the resident Windows 10 expert in your office, and at home.

Download This Ebook for Free

Windows 10 For Dummies Free Copy

The ten mini-books included in this fantastic resource cover everything from backing up your data to making Windows work smarter for you.

The topics of the books included are:

  • Starting Windows 10
  • Personalizing Windows
  • Working on the Desktop
  • Using the Built-In Universal Apps
  • Connecting With the Universal Apps
  • Socializing With the Universal apps
  • Controlling Your System
  • Maintaining Windows 10
  • Securing Windows 10
  • Enhancing Windows 10

Want to download your free copy? Simply click here to download Windows 10 For Dummies from TradePub. You will have to complete a short form to access the ebook, but it’s well worth it!

Note: this free offer expires 17 Mar 2020.

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How to Find and Grab Free Logins for Websites

Have you ever wanted to visit a website that needed an account to browse without giving out your details? You may be interested in Login2.me, which provides pre-made logins for websites so you don’t have to make your own.

Let’s dig into Login2.me to see how it works—and how you can donate your own accounts.

What Is Login2.me?

Login2.me is a database of free logins for different websites. People can ask the website for an account, and Login2 will give them one.

These accounts are not for you to “keep.” They’re community accounts that anyone can use at any time. They’re handy if you want to log into a website only to do one thing, and you don’t want to sign up just for that one thing.

As such, if you think you’ll be revisiting a website repeatedly in the future, it’s worth making an account to ensure you have something to come back to. If you’re unsure about handing that website your details, there are ways to protect your privacy; for example, a disposable email address is an excellent way to hide your one.

Where Do The Accounts Come From?

The thought of getting a free login to any site may make some people suspicious. Where do these accounts come from in the first place? Are these hacked accounts?

The idea behind the service is that people can donate their unused accounts for others to use. Think of it as getting an account “second-hand” so you can use them without needing to create an account under your name.

The accounts are provided in good faith, as there’s no way to prove that the account was donated instead of hacked. As such, people can give hacked accounts without the owner’s consent. When you use an account, try not to change much, as the owner may not know you’re using it!

How to Use Login2.me

To use Login2.me, access the website and enter the URL you want an account for. When you click on Get, Login2.me will go through its database and bring up any accounts it can find. Then, copy-paste the username and password into the login fields.

Using Login2.me to get account details

You’ll often come across accounts that don’t work. This is either because someone has changed the password to make the account theirs, or because the website actively blocks accounts use in account sharing services. If this happens, click Not working, show more to get a new account.

You can also add “login2.me#” to the start of any URL (for example, login2.me#http://facebook.com) that you want to log into. This will open login2.me with your chosen website already loaded in.

Alternatives to Login2.me

If Login2.me doesn’t work out for you, there are other free login websites you can use.

First, you can try BugMeNot. BugMeNot has an account rating system, so you can easily see which ones work. It also lists the account listing date, as accounts added more recently are more likely to still work than older ones.

BugMeNot is more well-known, so you’ll find more on it. On the flip side, its popularity will bring it to the forefront of the attention of websites that forbid shared sites. As such, you may find the accounts on BugMeNot are banned more often.

There’s also Password-Login, which also has an account rating system. Accounts that work are voted up and appear higher in the listings, while accounts that no longer work are voted down. Unfortunately, it looks like anyone can come along and add their details without moderation, which has lead to some users leaving crude messages in their account details.

Alternatively, you can also make a personal account using throwaway information. That way, you can sign up for any website without fear that they’ll use your personal information. You can read about how to create a fake internet profile on our article about disposable web accounts to keep your identity safe.

How to Donate an Account to Login2.me

If you have a spare account for a website and want to donate it, you can through Login2.me. Just be sure you won’t use this account in the future; once it’s in the public domain, it may be impossible to get back.

First of all, before you consider donating your account, you need to clean it of identifying information. Remember that anyone will be able to get a hold of your account once given, so be sure to scrub it of anything that can be linked back to you, friends, or family.

Once you’re done, change your password to something easy for other people to remember. This goes doubly so if you re-use the same password across all your accounts, else you’re giving everyone the master key to your online presence!

Then, go to Login2.me and enter the URL of the website you want to donate for. Click the Not working, show more button below the login details. When you do, Login2.me will ask you to enter an account to help the database. Enter your details into the login fields here to submit your details.

Adding an account to Login2.me

Keeping Your Privacy Safe Online

Mandatory log-in websites are a bane for anyone who wants to preserve their privacy online. Fortunately, Login2.me is a useful way of getting around these restrictions. Even if it doesn’t work out, there are alternative methods like creating a fake profile for yourself.

If you’re curious about how you can further protect your data online, try these actionable steps for improving your online privacy.

Read the full article: How to Find and Grab Free Logins for Websites