By Marc Saltzman
YOU’VE PICKED UP a shiny new tablet, but now
you want to load it up with stuff to read, watch or
listen to. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to
blow your budget on TV shows, music, movies or
e-books. In fact, if you know where to look, you
don’t have to spend anything at all.
Oh sure, you’re well aware there are free games
and apps, but you can also enjoy a ton of media
without having to put your hand in your pocket.
For new releases, you can borrow e-books and audiobooks from
many local libraries. This means
you won’t have to physically get to a
library, and you’ll never face late
All you need is your library card
and the free OverDrive app. Once it’s been downloaded, you’ll be prompted to create an Adobe ID (if
you don’t already have one), and authorize it to work
with OverDrive. Now you can borrow e-books and
audiobooks wirelessly—even current New York
For classic books, including those in the public
domain (free), awesome apps include Gutenberg
Project, which offers more than 46,000 free e-books
and audiobooks. Popular picks include Pride and
Prejudice by Jane Austen, Dracula by Bram Stoker,
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle and Shakespeare’s timeless works.
Rather than pay to
download songs by track,
Want local radio? Tap to see all the AM
and FM stations in your area and tune in at
home or on the go (with album artwork, even).
Alternatively, you can listen to Internet-only stations,
such as 1.FM.
Another great app is Songza, which offers
curated playlists based on the day of the week, time
of day and mood you might be in.
Free TV shows, movies
Several apps offer ways to watch
television shows without having to pay
anything. All of the major TV networks have free apps that let you watch
full episodes of recently aired shows.
The CTV Go app, for example, offers a
number of CTV programs, including
Criminal Minds, The Tonight Show, The Bold and the
Beautiful, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Big Bang
Theory and Grey’s Anatomy, to name a few.
You can download many hundreds of free
shows—often pilots or the first episode of a new season—from iTunes for the iPad and from Google
Play. Also check out apps by You Tube and Crackle.
Free podcasts and radio shows
Finally, audio-based podcasts
can be great entertainment on a
long trip, whether you’re interested
in downloading a comedy routine,
Same goes for classic radio dramas. Popularized in the ’40s before TV took off, old-time radio
(OTR) shows, as they’re referred to today, are
enjoying a 21st-century renaissance thanks to the
Internet and MP3 files. A whole new generation of
listeners can now experience these wonderfully
written and performed “theatre of the mind” plays.
Filling up your tablet with these tales is as easy
as subscribing to one of the many dozen OTR
podcasts (some with daily updates) or bookmarking websites such as archive.org, relicradio.com and
otrcat.com, each with thousands of free download-able episodes. C
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