As disruptive and saddening as this pandemic has been, some good things have come out of it. Many companies have decided to offer their services to users for free in order to encourage them to stay at home.
It started with Pornhub giving access to their Premium website to keep you inside. But a lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon since, so here are some things you can get for free during this pandemic:
1. Amazon Audible
If you have kids who love to read, Amazon Audible has announced that it will provide free audiobooks to children during the course of the ongoing pandemic. “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open,” Audible said in a post. Storyweaver, another similar website where you can read for free - but this one is also for the kids!
2. Books And Journals
For book lovers, the Internet has suddenly become a land of accessible, free, e-books, thanks to online journal and paper publisher JStor, digital library Scribd, and textbook library Cambridge. For those who don't quite care for academic reading, you can read comic books for free too! Nerdist has curated this handy list of 100 comics published by creators in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
BSNL has introduced a work from home plan for its landline users that essentially gives users 5GB data per day at the speed of 10Mbps. Once the 5GB limit gets exhausted, the network will shift to a speed of 1Mbps. The company is offering the plan for free to its pre-existing landline users.
4. Gymming And Sports
Almost every single sport has been cancelled this season, so, FIFA came up with a solution to keep the football tradition going — through the #WorldCupAtHome campaign, where FIFA will be streaming some of the most iconic football games on its YouTube channel. And, they will be taking requests!
To keep health freaks on their routines, gyms across the world are live-streaming their sessions online for free. Considering they were the first ones to shut shop, they have been making use of the internet quite well.
Now, we know live streaming doesn't really count as a concert but a lot of artists are going live on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook and singing for their fans! They're taking requests, and they're not disappointing. You can invite your friends to join the live stream and have fun with them without leaving the house!
It's always uplifting to look at the positive side of things, and right now a little good news wouldn't hurt anyone. Thanks to these companies and artists who are trying to make this pandemic seem a little less annoying and scary.