Freebie Friday 4: Open Culture

Freebie Friday is here again. For this week, I have another website to tell you about where you can access literally thousands of freebies. The name of this website is Open Culture.

Open Culture collects high quality cultural and educational media, and makes it available for free to anyone who wishes to access it. Thanks to web 2.0, there is an enormous amount of intelligent text, audio and video content that can be found all over the internet. Much of this content is already free.

There is one complication,  however, and that complication is that all of this enriching, free content is scattered all across the web, and much of it is not easy to find. Open Culture was created to solve that problem by centralizing the content, curating it, and providing free access to it for all.

The types of content that you will find on Open Culture includes free online courses, free movies, free audio books, free ebooks, and free educational resources. You can find more details on everything that Open Culture has to offer below.


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Website Details

Open Culture has seven main pages where you can access free content, each page containing a different type of content. The main pages on Open Culture are as follows:

  • Audio Books
  • Online Courses
  • MOOCs
  • Movies
  • Languages
  • Textbooks
  • Ebooks

We’ll now look at each page in more detail.

Audio Books

Open Culture has over 1,000 audio books that you can download for free. The selection of free audio books that are available includes the following genres:

  • Fiction & Literature
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction

In addition to the library of free audio books, this section also provides a link to get two free audio books from Audible.com, a link to get two free audio books from Audiobooks.com, and a list of of links to several audio book podcasts.

Online Courses

On this page you can access over 1,300 free online courses from top universities. Here are the types of online courses you’ll find:

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Archaeological courses
  • Architecture courses
  • Art & History courses
  • Classical courses
  • Demography courses
  • Design courses
  • Economics courses
  • Film courses
  • Food courses
  • Geography courses
  • History courses
  • Journalism/ writing courses
  • Language lessons
  • Law courses
  • Literature courses
  • Linguistics courses
  • Media studies/ Communication courses
  • Music & Performing Arts courses
  • Philosophy courses
  • Political Science, International Relations, & Law courses
  • Religion courses
  • Sociology courses
  • Urban studies courses

Sciences

  • Aeronautics courses
  • Anthropology courses
  • Astronomy courses
  • Biology courses
  • Business courses
  • Chemistry courses
  • Computer science courses
  • Engineering courses
  • Environment & Natural Resources courses
  • Math courses
  • Physics courses
  • Psychology & Neuroscience courses
  • Public Health courses

MOOCs

MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Course, so this is another section containing more free courses from great universities. Most of the courses on this page offer certificates or statements of completion, but not the actual university credit. Although all of the courses on this page are free, some of them do require payment for the actual credential that you would get for completing the course.

Movies

This section has over 1,150 movies that you can download and watch for free. Open Culture’s free movie collection includes the following genres:

  • Comedy & Drama
  • Hitchcock, Noir, Horror, & Thriller
  • King Fu & Martial Arts
  • Westerns
  • Silent Films
  • Documentaries
  • Animated Films

Along with Open Culture’s movie collection, this page also includes a list of links to several free movie websites.

Languages

This section provides links to resources that will enable you to begin learning quite a few different languages for free. The languages that you can begin learning via Open Culture include the following:

  • Amharic
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Bambara
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Farsi/ Persian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Latin
  • Lithuanian
  • Luxembourgish
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Sign language
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Two
  • Ukranian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Textbooks

On this page, you can access over 200 free textbooks, many of which go with the free online courses on a previously mentioned page. The subjects that you can find free textbooks for include the following:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Earth Science
  • Economics & Finance
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • System Theory

Ebooks

This page features a collection of over 800 free ebooks, with both fiction and non-fiction titles.


At this point, I’ve covered pretty much all that Open Culture has to offer. Being that everything on their website is free, Open Culture is funded mostly through donations. If you advocate what Open Culture is doing, donations are encouraged. You can support Open Culture on their donations page.

Visit Open Culture

That concludes this weeks Freebie Friday. I hope that you find value in Open Culture. If you would like to recieve more freebies and better ones, become a subscriber of my weekly newsletter. As a subscriber, you’ll recieve tons of awesome tools, resources, freebies, and privelaged content that’s only available to my subscribers.

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