Read a Comic Book
Marvel Digital Comics (www.marvel.com/digitalcomics) Marvel (MVL) saw its core audience of youngsters moving online, so it brought comic books online. It makes available its entire collection of thousands of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and more comics for $10 per month. But it also offers 250 free comics at a time.
Lulu (www.lulu.com)Aspiring novelists and scrapbook hobbyists go to Lulu for free book layouts, including text sizing, cover art, and binding style. Then, they set the price and take 80% profit from each book that's printed and shipped.
Chart a Course
Google Earth (www.earth.google.com)Google Earth combines satellite imagery, aerial photography and the geographic information system to create a complex, interactive model of our planet. Recent additions include a star viewer and a flight simulator.
Pamper Your Pet
Swap Your Stuff
Lose a Few
A Calorie Counter (www.acaloriecounter.com)Want to learn how many calories are in your food from a trusted source? A Calorie Counter searches the USDA database for detailed nutritional information on almost any food.
Learn a New Language
BBC Languages (www.bbc.co.uk/languages)Want to brush up on your French? Interested in learning a more exotic language, like Urdu? The BBC offers audio lessons in 13 different languages, downloadable in MP3 format.
Hone Your Skills
iPlayMusic (www.iplaymusic.com)iPlayMusic sells instructional DVDs and software for learning how to play guitar, but its Web site also provides basic video tutorials for things like stringing and tuning a guitar, and constructing chords.