Free newspaper & books reading and visiting concerts & museums online

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Where can you get electronic newspapers and books, how can you watch concerts, operas and museums from home – and preferably everything for free? GIGA gives an overview of the possibilities.

Staying at home is a matter of course at the moment – on the one hand, in order to slow down the spread of viruses, on the other hand, because no entertainment offers have opened anyway. What is the best way to spend the weekend, what can you do during the week after work? First of all, there is the game afternoon via Skype, the wine evening via WhatsApp or the movie night – with the new streaming service Disney+.

But there are also beautiful activities that you can do on your own: for example, reading, visiting a concert or a museum virtually. Some possibilities exist throughout the year, others have only been launched due to the Corona crisis or are temporarily free of charge.

Free newspapers and books

Use on-loan, overdrive and press reader via the library

If you want to read books and newspapers for free, grab your library documents. With access, you can often borrow digital media from home: books, newspapers, magazines, even audiobooks and music, as well as some films. For this purpose, the libraries work, among other things, with On-loan, overdrive and press reader providers can be found on the website of the local library.

It gets more difficult if you don’t have a library card yet: Most libraries in Germany have closed because of the coronavirus. In some places, however, you can register online. If you don’t find any information on the website of the local library, an email to its staff might lead to success.

Free eBooks at Amazon and Projekt Gutenberg

Amazon always offers free eBooks. At the moment there are some and a German-speaking . From the Gutenberg project, numerous classics can also be found free of charge on Amazon. If you have subscribed to Amazon Prime, you will also get a few books and magazines via this service without having to pay for it again.

If you don’t have a Kindle e-reader (which costs better Kindle Paperwhite), you can also access the classics via other options – for example, directly from the Website of the Gutenberg projectOf course, it reads more pleasantly on an e-reader. An alternative to Amazon devices is, for example, the Tolino Shine (see test, available from 89.99 euros).

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Other reading offers:

  • Those who are not afraid of English-language content can Books of the Cambridge University Press free of charge (provided that the provider gets to grips with the current performance problems).
  • Musician magazine currently offers PPV media free of charge as pdf to download, including the titles keys, guitar, Soundcheck, Recording.

Books, audiobooks and magazines: take advantage of trial offers free of charge

Subscription and streaming services often offer a free trial month or at least one trial week. Here, too, you can read books and magazines temporarily free of charge, as long as you cancel in time:

A free trial membership can normally only be booked for new customers who have not previously used the respective service.

Concerts and operas on the Internet

Stream pop, rock and hip-hop concerts for free

If you want to listen to and see concerts in the field of entertainment music online, take a look at Arte’s media library first. The TV station offers a variety of usually about one-hour broadcasts in very good quality. After a short introduction, the artist’s live performance follows – often it is a concert in Germany or France, occasionally festivals. Bob Marley, Katie Melua, Tina Turner, Foals, Dwson and Sepultura are among the guests.

Celebrate even when the clubs have closed? That’s possible! The Berlin institutions have joined forces to provide an audience with an audience at home during the prescribed closure. Something Every evening there is a stream in image and sound from another – empty – club. “The Berlin club culture is facing the greatest challenge in its history,” explains Clubcommission e.V. To ensure survival, his donations are necessary. They are collected as part of the stream.

More concerts online:

Stream classical concerts and operas for free

The way to the Arte-Mediathek is also worthwhile for classical music lovers. Here you can find concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, Leonard Bernstein can watch as he conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and watch numerous operas. They include Lohengrin, La Traviata, The Abduction from the Serail and much more. Under “Stage Performance” you will find ballet performances, among other things.

Some concert halls offer online concerts live and/or on demand during the Corona crisis. This gives artists the opportunity to perform during the difficult time, and you can look forward to the cultural contributions at home. A selection:

Visit museums for free on the Internet

Museums have also closed due to the Corona situation. This is why more and more of their exhibitions are showing free of charge on the Internet, partly in cooperation with television stations. Some recommended offers:

If you’re fed up with books and music, you’ll find more tips for your time at home on GIGA and the partner portals: Familie.de 50 indoor games before, kino.de recommends Movie streaming subscriptions and desired.de offers 31 ideas against boredom. And to keep the movement moving, GIGA has tested fitness services and apps for the home.

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The choice of offers is therefore large, so that the ceiling does not fall on one’s head immediately after two days. If you have seen some great online book sources, concert streams or virtual museum visits on the net, please post your finds in the comments below.

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