To get The Economist free download is to gain access to an English-language weekly newspaper with an average weekly circulation in the millions (for free!). While publications like Us Weekly do have their merit, if you want to know what's going on in the world in a streamlined format without all the noise of primetime television and American pop culture, The Economist is a great choice. Given that it is released towards the weekend and written in fairly plain English (you might have to bust out the dictionary here and there), it provides readers with a concise overview of that week's world affairs for the weekend (many a great conversation starter!) It's also divided into sections by region (U.S., Americas, Asia, China, etc.), topic (International, Business, etc.), and more, making it easy to read and searchable for topics of interest.
After reading the past couple issues of The Economist, I feel like I have a decent grasp of what's going on in today's world (and this is coming from someone who used to never watch the news!) Best of all, I get The Economist for free :)
Optional in this process is a Kindle or similar eReader device so that you can put your issue of The Economist onto it (instead of reading it on your computer screen with Calibre's less than desirable eBook viewer).
Once you've installed Calibre, you'll want to hit the button "Fetch news" pictured below:
From here, you're able to pick from a variety of news sources. For the purpose of this article, just type "economist" into the search box and select either of the two "The Economist" results that pop up.
Great! Now you are set to receive weekly copies of The Economist (for free!) If at any time you'd like to download the latest issue on a non-scheduled day, merely hit "Download all scheduled" pictured above.
Now, as an optional last step, you can connect your Kindle or similar eBook device to your computer and whenever there is a new issue of The Economist out, Calibre will automatically send it to your reading device in its native format, whether that be pdf, mobi, epub, or azw3!
I am very grateful that the staff over at The Economist publishes their articles online and that programs like Calibre allow for quick and easy downloads of entire issues in an easy-to-read eBook format for those of us with eReaders. While downloading The Economist in this fashion doesn't necessarily give the same effect as a full color pdf or print magazine, it is still a great, free way to stay on top of current events.
Of course, if you want to show your support for the great folks over at The Economist, please support them by purchasing a print subscription (they have 6 month, 1 year, and 2 year options).