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Free books, Free merchandise, Free car?

Thousands of full-text free books

There might really be thousands of them but they are mostly public domain books or well known classics that you can easily get in any library. Yet, the website is very good for those who like reading books online. I only wish they also offered these books in downloadable files so I could read them off of my PDA. Here are just a few titles that caught my eye:

For many more books head to FreeBooks.com

Free merchandise for women

A new website has launched that tests waters in viral marketing and specifically targets women. I have not tried it and don’t know anyone who did but the business model sounds very interesting.

How does it work? You sign up to the network, receive free products (yes, you get to keep those), try them out, send back your feedback, and then receive relevant product samples and coupons to share with your friends.

SheSpeaks — have you used it or know anyone who did?

Free car for two years

It is not a joke. You can get one for free from FreeCarMedia and it will be yours to use for 2 years. All you need is a clean drivers license. Of course there is a catch. Your car is paid for by advertisers and will have ads all over the body. So ultimately you may end up driving a huge Coca-Cola can on wheels, or something like that. If this is not something to discourage you, head on to the sign up page to see if you get lucky.

Source: How would you like a free car? at WiseBread


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5 Responses to “Free books, Free merchandise, Free car?”


  1. 1 K-IntheHouse Apr 11th, 2007 at 9:32 am

    I just recently found http://www.wattpad.com and I blogged about it in my site.

    It lets you download books to your phone/pda as a jar file and read it and I love the way it autoscrolls at a convenient speed so you don’t have to scroll through every page!!

    K

  2. 2 Yan Apr 11th, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the tip. I will take a look at this website. Also, shortly after I wrote this post, I found this roundup of sites offering free books for PDA’s and phones, which I am going to check out:
    Download free books on your PDA or cellphone at DownloadSquad

  3. 3 XynamaX Apr 11th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    I remember when those “free car” things from the early dot-com era. There are a lot of special requirements to even be considered, mainly your location and how much you drive. If you’re only driving to work and home, you don’t stand much of a chance to get a free car.

    Now, if you are constantly driving (8-10 hours a day) in a major metro area, you have a better chance. Many of these “free” cars have GPS’s in them as well so that the companies know you are using them.

    Another side tip on how you can make money with your car: have it used as a prop in a show or a movie. One of my cars was used as a prop on the Soprano’s. Got paid $350 for one day!

  4. 4 Dean Apr 11th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Yikes, the sponsored cars look like a pop-up ads on wheels. I’m pretty surprised advertisers are willing to throw that much in that form of advertising. At the same time see one of those vehicles on the road would be hard to forget. I think here in Hawaii there might be restrictions on that type of advertising. They don’t allow billboards or sky advertising in Hawaii, which is great.

  5. 5 Yan Apr 11th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    XynamaX:
    That is a great comment! I am sure your ads have to be profitable for the company selling the product for this kind of trick to work. There are many if’s here and the article I linked goes over some details.

    Dean:
    No billboards?!?! Driving a highway in Hawaii must be a dull thing to do. On the other hand, it is pretty easy to get in trouble with the kind of billboards they have in Europe:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2603751.stm
    In either case, I would be happy to exchange my driving here in Chicago with one in Hawaii, even w/o billboards. ;-)

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