Did You Know That You Can Get FREE Foreign Language Books?

Are you tired of getting out the credit card every time you want to obtain a new foreign-language learning tool? When you start to tally up, the bottom line can be shocking: a couple of software programs, listen-and-speak audio package(s), dictionary, grammar textbook(s), reading material, audio books … KaCHING! It adds up quickly.

However, there is a plethora of FREE foreign language reading material available on the Internet. Whenever you have a few minutes to spare, you can read on your computer, Blackberry, smartphone, PDA or other electronic reading device. It is easy once you know how. This article explains.

The first thing you must do is to obtain software. Mobipocket.com (an Amazon.com subsidiary) is your first stop. Go to the “Free Downloads” area on the left hand side of the page and click on “Free Software”. Download and install both Mobipocket Reader and Mobipocket Creator.

Return to the Mobipocket.com home page and select “Download free eBooks”. Pick the language you are learning and download the eBooks in which you are interested. Within just a few minutes, you can be reading public domain classics. The software bookmarks your spot whenever you leave a book, so you never lose your place.

As this article is written, Mobipocket hosts over 11,500 free books in more than 25 different languages.

You can find even more books at Project Gutenberg – Gutenberg.org. Some books at their site are already in mobi format. Others can be formatted very quickly and easily by using Mobipocket Creator to import text, html, pdf, or Microsoft Word files.

Under the Project Gutenberg “Free Books” area, choose the link for their “Online Book Catalog”. Choose a foreign language and alpha browse by author or title – or scroll down on the page until you see a book of interest. This site presents over 50 languages with more than 28,000 books. They also have partners and affiliates, increasing the total number of titles available to over 100,000. That should keep you busy for awhile!

Some books at Gutenberg also have audio files.

Librivox (Librivox.org) is another good stop. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. You may be able to supplement your reading material with an audio presentation.

Be sure to check the above websites for links to others providing similar or complementary services.

Still looking for more? Try a search in your favorite search engine for “free books online”. Alternatively, try something like “free books online German”, substituting “German” for the foreign language you are learning.

You will never lack for reading material – and it is absolutely FREE.

(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author’s note below (with active links) are included.

5 Free Software Programs to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder, in Your Home Business

There are a lot of programs out there that can really shorten and improve your working experience, especially if you are working on your own from home. Time freedom is one of the main reasons people set up a home business. These 5 free programs will not only improve the quality of your output but also help make things faster & easier for you.

There are a lot more than 5 that I could suggest & I will continue to update with new programs regularly.

1. Ditto

* Ditto is for copying & pasting & lets you keep a vault of items in your clipboard & even store your list on several different machines. If you repeatedly copy & paste the same item for work – like in Article marketing or setting up your ads, you may find Ditto indispensable.

2. Sandboxie

* Sandboxie is very useful if you’re constantly downloading things. The program will build a virtual sandbox for you to put your downloaded files & run your apps, like your web browser in.

The interface can be confusing if you’re not used to sandboxes though and you’ll still need an antivirus program. However, if you’re constantly stepping into uncharted territory on the internet, then Sanboxie can be very useful.

3. Xobni

* Xobni is an Outlook add-on that scours your emails to generate what its developers have termed an “automatic address book”. It will show the conversation threads & attachments you’ve shared with every person you’ve had contact with. Xobni actually goes as far as building a mini profile of each person and includes all the contact details, phone numbers, Facebook accounts (where possible & this means that photos are possible so you might suddenly get to know what someone looks like!).

With Xobni you can also see all your conversations with a person on one window as you can on your smartphone. You can do this without having to search your emails.

The result is a far faster way to follow conversations, check someone’s contact details and you can rely less on maintaining your Outlook contact list. The free version is limited to one pst file but you can try it out first and see if you need an upgrade.

4. Mediacoder

* Mediacoder is an excellent video and audio transcoder that can perform batch video conversions to & from just about any codec (including Linux). If you’re getting into video marketing then it can be a great tool to have in your arsenal.

It can resize & resample videos & has very good support for multi-core processors. It’s also an excellent tool for converting your.flv files to.avi &.mp4 but it doesn’t have an built in video editor so you’ll need something like VirtualDub for that.

5. Camstudio

* Ever wondered how people put those great “how to” video clips on YouTube where you can see what they’re doing on their computer screen? There’s a good chance they are using Camstudio.

If you’re wanting to create video tutorials for your team or your marketing campaign then Camstudio is an absolutely essential and very useful free tool. The software produces AVI files as well as more web friendly SWFs.

Camstudio also lets you add captions and a picture-in-picture video of yourself using a webcam. Clever, hey?

These 5 Free software programs to help you work smarter, not harder, in your home business will help you to immediately increase your productivity and make your working life much easier. Watch out for updates of other Free software to help you make the most of your time.

Tips for a Malware-Free Android Smartphone

Since malware is increasingly rising for the Android platform day by day, you must pay firm attention to what is going on your phone or tablet. Smartphones are basically computers – and all PCs are at risk to viruses, phishing, including various attacks from malicious software.

Here are quick ways to keep your Android phone free of malware

Find out the app’s publisher: What other apps does the publisher offer? Does the publisher run its own website? What are the kinds of apps on offer, do they look fishy? If so, you may probably consider staying away. Go through online reviews, but take note that Android Market reviews should not be fully trusted. Browse through to see what highly regarded websites like AppBrain, PCWorld, or AppLib are saying about such like app before you click on the download button.

Always authenticate app permissions: Before you download or update an app, you should see a list of consents for it. For example, an alarm clock app perhaps shouldn’t need to look on your contacts. The general law of thumb: If an app is requesting for too much what it requires to do, then it’s advisable to skip it.

Stay away from directly installing Android Package files (APKs): for example when Angry Birds came to Android initially, you could download it only by using a third-party app store and “sideloading” it, having the app installed by using an APK file. Even though Angry Birds wasn’t malware, as a general rule it’s not recommended downloading and installing APK files from third-party sites or app stores. Usually you won’t notice what the file contains until you’ve finally installed the file – and by then it will be too late.

Have a malware and antivirus scanner installed on your phone:a number of different big-name security companies by now offer mobile-security solutions, which several of them are free. Antivirus apps for example the “Lookout Mobile Security” can scan your smartphone and be certain that no malware is installed. In addition, most of the utilities have features that allow you to trace your phone – and conceivably even remotely lock it and clean your personal data, if you’ll end up losing the handset.

Watch out for scams:whether you agree, your Android phone is prone to malicious sites, phishing scams, which are driven by downloads, similar to PCs. Malicious sites regularly try to cheat people into entering sensitive personal information; even more frustrating, still, is some sites’ ability to go ahead and automatically download malware right to your phone. Since most phones are small, hence the smaller screen; and users more likely to click a wary link on a phone than when browsing using a PC.