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Since 2006, when Open Culture was founded, they have been working to centralize the great amounts of intelligent audio and video. They desire to give you access to the high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Open Culture offers the following free content for users:

  • Audiobooks
  • Online Courses (audio and video format)
  • Certificate Courses / MOOCs
  • Movies
  • Textbooks
  • eBooks
  • Language Learning

If there is something specific you want to look into, you can use their search function to browse their archives.

The lead editor, Dan Colman, is the Director and Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. He received his PhD and MA from Stanford, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has always wanted to bring relevant information to large audiences.

The Good

Open Culture offers 630 FREE audio books through their site. You can download hundreds of free audio books to your MP3 player or computer. They contain a wide range of works. They offer fiction, poetry, and nonfiction audio books.  They contain books by Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Susten, Shakespeare, Asimov, and more.

Audio books is not all the Open Culture has to offer. They have 700 free eBooks. Free language lessons in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and many more are offered through the site. The learning does not stop with audio books, eBooks, and language, Open Culture provides you with much more. There are over one thousand free online courses and MOOCs, 700 free movies, 200 free textbooks, and 150 free business courses.

The free online courses are from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, and others. You can download these audio and video courses straight onto your computer or MP3 player. The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are from great universities. Most even offer “certificates” or “statements of completion”. The textbooks are written by knowledgeable scholars. Their textbooks are from a wide range of subjects that you can choose what you want to study.

The Bad

Open Culture is not rated on the on the Better Business Bureau which can be concerning because that site shows complaints and other details about businesses which are important to consult before going in on the business. The BBB works to have a unbiased site where people can look to see all the ins and outs of a company to verify whether or not you would like to purchase from them.

You may receive a certificate from finishing a course, but that does not mean that you automatically receive college credit. You could take a whole course and end up with a worthless certificate and no credit hours.

The Bottom Line

Open Culture offers 630 audio books from a range of genres and interests. They do not offer audio books only, but eBooks, language education, online courses, 700 movies, and more. They are not rated on the Better Business Bureau and you generally do not receive any credit once you have completed a course through the site. The services are free so why not download and see what you think?

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