We asked our regular contributors through e-mail, What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. Pixabay is the biggest free stock photography website. You can even use them for commercial purposes and they also have free stock footage. Best site to use if you are an online creator.
Audiobooks from the public domain. You can find some nice classics in there.
100% legal and free. Quality may vary.
3. GameJolt has an endless stream of free high-quality indie games (a lot of bad ones too, but those often end up being fun for unintended reasons).
4. I always love to be able to mention http://archive.org/ because it is such a wonderful resource.
It also has The Internet Arcade where you can play a lot of classic games along with the Console Living Room which is similar. They have access to tons of old PC games too and you can even play the original Oregon Trail online
It also has The Wayback Machine which has archived more than 310 billion web pages saved over time so you can go back and see how websites were years ago.
You can literally download a bear and a car.
6. Astronomer here! Pretty much all data from NASA space missions are available if you know where to look! For examples, here are all the top 100 space images Hubble took, at wallpaper quality. Here is where you can download raw images from the Juno mission around Jupiter and process them yourself. And here are the latest Curiosity images if you want to see what Mars looks like today!
If you want even more geekery, btw, you can help out scientists yourself and contribute to research! If you don’t actually want to do work yourself and just let your computer do it, distributed computing projects need your spare computing time for things from finding new proteins to looking for alien signals from space. And you can be more active by looking at images for Zooniverse looking for animals in Africa to new supernovae! In both cases, you’ll get credit for your discovery, plus help the knowledge of humanity grow a bit!
7. Project Gutenberg and vk- free ebooks. You can also get Microsoft office for free if you’re a student.
8. American Factfinder is the website where you can download tons of demographic data from the Bureau of the Census. They have data down to zip codes and census tracts.
This assumes that demographic data from the Census Bureau is cool and it is.
Great torrent site, indexes TV shows by season and episode, has IMDB ratings, episode synopsis.
If you’re setting up a computer and need an all-in-one for the essentials.