When I first met Ray Sola a few years ago, I immediately knew we were going to hit it off. He showed up for our meeting in a T-shirt that read: "If It Wasn't FREE, You Paid Too Much!" Definitely my kind of guy.
See also: Freebies just a click away.
Ray is the founder of the website www.Volition.com, which he describes as the oldest "free stuff site" on the Web (launched in 1995). If Al Gore invented the internet, Ray Sola invented free stuff on the internet. OK, neither claim is really accurate, but at least in Ray's case it's pretty close.
I turned to Ray — and the freebie fanatics who post tips for finding free stuff in the Volition forum titled "Stuff I Found" — in pulling together this encore edition of my previous article "A Web of Free Stuff." Check out what we came up with this time around:
Free e-books: If you have an e-reader, you probably know that the websites for Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook) include tons of ebooks you can download for free to their respective e-readers. But to access over 36,000 high quality ebooks for free, also check out the Gutenberg Project. This nonprofit organization has converted books that are no longer copyrighted into ebooks, including most of the literary classics.
Free sewing, quilting, and knitting patterns: I'm not much of a seamstress (or would that be a "seamster"?), but my dear wife is, and here are some of her favorite sites for downloading free patterns: www.freeneedle.com, www.freequiltpatterns.info, www.knittingpatterncentral.com.