Free DxO OpticsPro 11 Essentials software

This promotions is back! For a limited time, you can get a free license of the DxO OpticsPro 11 Essentials software. It is simple…

Step by step instructions after the break if you haven’t done this before:

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Starts Thursday 12pm ET: FREE to Watch: Fuji X-T20 Fast Start Online Class

Starting at 12pm ET on Thursday and running for about 24 hours after that, you can watch online for FREE the Fuji X-T20 Fast Start Class by John Greego at CREATIVE LIVE. The class is made of 20 video lessons, which you can see under “Class Materials”.

During the FREE-to-Watch promotional period, you can watch it as much as you want. Once the promotional free-viewing period ends, if you want to watch it again, you have to either purchase it or wait for a possible future re-airing.

You can see the current and upcoming schedule of FREE-to-Watch classes at their ON-AIR Schedule page.

Ten FREE 4×6″ photo prints at CVS on next T-Mobile Tuesday

If you are a T-Mobile customer, you are automatically eligible to get some “freebies” every Tuesday as part of their “T-Mobile Tuesdays” magenta overload program.

For Tuesday October 3 in 2017, one of the freebies are ten 4×6 inch photo prints at CVS. The offer is only good for store pickup, you have to be physically near a CVS stores, or have the orders print near someone else you know that can pick them up.

The offers are typically per line, not per account, so if you have more than one T-Mobile line on your account, you may be able to get multiple freebies. I think this is the first time they offer CVS photo print freebies, so I don’t think it is known how the mechanics of the offer work.

FREE to Watch NOW: Sony a9 Fast Start Class (until Wedn 12pm ET)

All apologies, because of technical difficulties I couldn’t post it early in the AM! Running now until Wednesday 11:50am ET is another John Greego “Fast Track” camera class, this one focused on the Sony a9. The class is FREE to Watch during this promotional period.

After the free-viewing period ends, if you want to watch it again, you have to either purchase it or waiting for a future free-viewing promotion.

Speaking of Fast Start classes, starting on Thursday 9/28/17 at 12pm ET is a Fuji X-T20 Fast Start Class.

You can see all classes eligible for Free Viewing at the CreativeLIVE ON-AIR schedule.

Coming later in September: FREE to Watch Online Classes on Sony a9, Fuji X-T20, Canon M5/M6

If you are a fan of online camera classes, good news! According to the schedule of FREE to Watch Classes at Creative LIVE, three camera “Fast Track” classes are coming up as follows:

+ September 25: Canon M5 and M6 mirrorless

+ September 26: Sony A9

+ September 28: Fuji X-T20

As usual, the classes will be free to watch during their promotional airing. You can watch them as much as you want. Once the promotional airing ends (typically 24 hours), then you have to buy them if you want to watch them again ~ or wait for possible future free airings again.

(ENDED) Starts 12pm ET Thursday (and repeats until Friday 9AM): “DIY Lightning” FREE to Watch streaming class

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FREE (Google PLAY): Fast Camera HD Camera

If you are part of the Google PLAY ecosystem, for a limited time, the premium (for pay) app Fast Camera – HD Camera is FREE to own. It typically goes for $1.99. The developer makes three versions of this app, this is their most advanced app that is free for a limited time.

Speaking of app stores, one of the Apple announcements that flew under the radar, starting with the new iTunes version 12.7, the App Store will be removed from the desktop iTunes software. If you used that to manage or download apps (eg your iOS device wasn’t compatible with an app, but wanted to grab it for the future because it was free or it was on sale), make sure you keep one iTunes installation at a previous version.

FREE 50 4×6 inch Photo Prints with Coupon

Good until Sunday 9/17/17 at 11:59pm pacific, coupon code FREE50PRINTS gets you fifty 4×6 photo prints for FREE at Amazon Prints. You must order more than 50 prints for the coupon to work, eg 51 prints, so you have to pay at least a few pennies 🙂

Prime members get free shipping. Non-Prime members pay shipping unless the order total is $15+.

These are the detailed Terms and Conditions.

Happy printing!

YMMV FREE 14-day rental of DJI MAVIC PRO for Nat Geo competition

National Geographic is running a photography competition with DJI, and as part of that competition, you may be able to rent a DJI MAVIC PRO for FREE for two weeks (14 days) from your local DJI Store.

You have to sign-up for this promotion. Selection is done randomly per the page, not based on photographic or drone piloting qualifications. There is no guarantee you will be selected. Details on the promotional page over there.

Promotion expires 10/31/17.

FREE (iOS): 8mm Vintage Camera app by Nexvio

Free camera app for iOS users! The 8mm Vintage Camera app by Nexvio is currently FREE to get on iTunes. Previously it went for $2. Some features however are only available via in-app purchase (99c themes). This requires iOS 8.0 and later.

If you have an older device or don’t have an iOS device now, but you may be getting one in the future, you can still grab the app for future use. You obviously can’t get it from a non-existent iOS device, but you can grab it using iTunes for Windows ~ if you are willing to run that Beast 🙂

FREE to Watch: Adobe CC Intro Class by Dave Cross

Running until Thursday night 8/31/17, FREE to Watch online, is the Adobe Photoshop CC for Beginners online streaming classes by Dave Cross at CreativeLIVE. During this promotional period, you can watch it for FREE as it streams.

After the promotional streaming period ends, you have to buy it in order to watch it, or wait for a possible rerun in the future.

For more current and future free-streaming classes at Creative Live, check their On-Air Schedule. You can use the Subject/Topic based sub-listings. The default on the page is “All Classes”. The “Photo & Video” filter is right next to it.

Heads Up (T-Mobile customers): Ten Free Walgreens prints next Tuesday

If you are a T-Mobile customer, every Tuesday you can get freebies as part of the “T-Mobile Tuesdays” promotion (website or app). For Tuesday 8/29/17, one of the offers is ten free prints at Walgreens, using the Walgreens app and picking them up at your local Walgreens B&M store. The teasers so far don’t mention print size. More details will be revealed on Tuesday over there when it goes live…

Starts 4pm ET Friday (FREE to Watch): Fuji X-T20 Online Class

Starting at 4pm Eastern today (Friday 8/11/17) at CreativeLIVE, another John Greengo FAST START online class will be streaming for FREE, this one focusing on the Fuji X-T20. You may need a Flash enabled browser if you are not seeing video on a browser without or if you have turned off video-playback and such in your browser.

LIVE NOW (Free to Watch): Canon M5 and M6 Online Class

LIVE NOW and FREE to Watch during this promotional period at CreativeLIVE is a Fast Start class on the Canon M5 and M6 by John Greengo. You may need a Flash enabled browser if you are not seeing video on a browser without or if you have turned off video-playback and such in your browser.

Free 24-page Solar Eclipse eBook (PDF)

Freebie time! As part of the Solar Eclipse Festivities, the photographers group National Parks at Night (not affiliated with the actual National Parks) is offering a FREE 24-page Solar Eclipse guide. The ebook is available in PDF format. You enter your email address and after that you can download the PDF file immediately.

Starts 12pm ET: FREE to Watch Olympus E-M1 II Online Class

If you have an Olympus E-M1 II or you are E-M1 II curious, starting at 12pm Eastern today (Monday 7/24/17), the CreativeLIVE Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start online class with John Greengo will be streaming LIVE and for FREE until 11:50am ET on Tuesday. This means the class will repeat during the day. A total of 32 lessons are part of it, you can see them under the “Class Materials” tab over there.

During this promotional period, you can watch the class for FREE. If you want to watch it later, you have to purchase it or hope for a future rerun. If you like it, they have it on sale for $36 while the free-streaming promotion is running. For buyers, the class is also available for download (mp4 files in HD or lower resolution for mobile/cellular). Lesson #1 is available as a free download if you want to test how it works/looks on your PC, tablet or phone.

In addition to the E-M1, according to their ON-AIR SCHEDULE the following other camera classes are scheduled to STREAM for FREE during the following days:

+ July 25: Sony a6500
+ July 27: Nikon D5600
+ July 28: Canon D-Rebel T7i
+ July 29: Canon 77D
+ August 11: Canon M5 and M6
+ August 11: Fuji X-T20

Photographer Freebies on Tuesday July 18 T-Mobile Tuesdays: Free Prints and N.Geo N.Parks e.Book

If you are a T-Mobile customer, rejoice! They finally have some photography-themed freebies for their July 18 (2017) “T-Mobile Tuesdays” freebies. Anyone who is a paying T-Mobile customer qualifies for these offers, and better yet, you get one set of freebies per line, not per customer or main account holder.

If you are not familiar, you can get the freebies at the T-Mobile Tuesdays website or by downloading their Tuesdays app (this is a separate app, not the regular T-Mobile app). Prepare for your screen to be taken over by magenta overload 🙂 You login using your T-Mobile account number and password. If you have multiple accounts, login with each phone number if you want to claim more than one set of freebies.

For Tuesday July 18, 2017, the two photographer freebies are:

  • free digital prints with free shipping from the Freeprints service: ten 4×6″ and two 5×7″
  • free e-book version of National Geographic’s National Parks. This comes from the BookShout service, not the popular ebook reading services. You can read it on the web or using the Bookshout app. No DRM-free downloads as far as I know

Also, some of the prizes to be won (if you play the “games” on their app or website include National Geographic prizes.

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FREE to Watch (Monday and Tuesday): Canon 5D Mark IV Fast Start Class

Happening now, recorded LIVE on Monday (today) and Tuesday (7/4/17), John Greego is teaching his Canon 5D Mark IV Fast Start Class on CreativeLIVE. The class is FREE to watch while it is recording during these two days. But if you want to watch it later, you have to buy it. This is the CreativeLIVE philosophy, free to watch when it’s originally recorded, but you pay to watch later.

Udemy: Free 1.5 hour Introductory Photography course

Photographer Chris Bray is offering a 1.5 hour “Introductory Photography Course” for FREE at Udemy. You need a Udemy account to sign up for this. It is free to create a Udemy account. The class is 1.5 hours of on-demand video, with lifetime access.

(ENDED) Sony a6500 Class at CreativeLIVE (Free to Watch LIVE)

UPDATE: the live recording of this class ended…

Streaming LIVE today for FREE is a “Sony a6500 Fast Start” class with John Greengo at CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes. While the class is recording live, it is FREE to watch for all.

You can page further down the page to see other upcoming free-streaming classes. Of camera interest, there is a Nikon D5600 Fast Start class starting June 7, a Canon 77D Fast Start on July 6, and a D-Rebel T7i Fast Start on July 7. You can also filter the upcoming classes by clicking on the gray horizontal tabs over there.

Photoshop Week at CreativeLIVE (Free to watch until Saturday)

Good until Saturday (May 20), it is Photoshop Week at CreativeLive with lots of Photoshop-related classes streaming live. It is FREE to watch any of the classes that are streaming/recording for the first time ever, so if you have flexibility with your time, you can watch a LOT of Photoshop classes this week!

FREE OPTIC 2017 Conference (New York, June 4-7 (2017)

If you are going to be near New York City or near a computer with a broadband connection between June 4-7 in 2017, that’s when the B&H Photo OPTIC 2017 Conference will take place. You can attend in person or stream it online. There are four days of events planned, the scheduled of which you can find at the aforelinked page. Registration is FREE! Brook Jensen and Art Wolfe are among those scheduled to speak.

The first two days will have two parallel tracks of speakers. The other two days will have a mix of portfolio reviews/critiques, photo walks in the outside world, and such. Check the website for all the details.

Free 2-Hour Night Photography Critique Session (Video Class)

FREE time! CreativeLIVE is offering a 2-Hour Night Photography Video Class. This is a critique session with photographers Matt Hill and Gabriel Biderman. Once you claim it for free, you have lifetime access to the class! You can watch classes with a desktop/laptop, or with a mobile browser (as long as your mobile device can handle it) or using their iOS app.

Day #3 of Joe McNally Lighting Class Streaming at 12pm ET

Day #3 (the last day) of Joe McNally’s Lightning Class “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography” will begin streaming LIVE at 12pm eastern on Friday and will be free for all to watch while it is recording live.

CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.

Watch FREE LIVE: starts Wednesday 12pm ET: Joe McNally 3-Day Lighting Class

Starting on Wednesday at 12pm Eastern, and continuing on Thursday and Friday, there will be a 3-day class live-streaming for FREE for everyone to watch at CreativeLIVE by the one and only Joe McNally, “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography”. Look under “Class Materials” for the topics that will be covered. The stream will take place 12pm to 7pm eastern during each day.

CreativeLIVE uses a different model when it comes to online classes. Each class streams live online as it is recorded (in other words, classes are recorded live) and everyone can watch it without paying. After the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have a flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and more.

FREE Live Streaming Classes this week include Joe McNally

CreativeLIVE has a different model to most online classes. When the class streams live online, everyone can watch it without paying. Once the original live stream is over, then you have to pay to watch or rewatch it. So if you have flexible schedule and fast-enough internet access you can watch a LOT of content for free. This week is particularly of interest because the one and only Joe McNally will be offering a class April 5-7, “Lighting, Logistics, and Strategies for a Life in Photography”. Look under “Class Materials” for the topics that will be covered.

For more details, check CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes page. Other upcoming classes include Lindsay Adler, Jeremy Cowart, Ben Willmore, and many more!

FREE (iOS): Paint FX Photo Effects Editor by Sprite Labs

Free photo app time for iOS users! The Paint FX Photo Effects Editor by Sprite Labs is currently FREE to grab at the iTunes store, good for compatible iPhones and iPads. The latest version of the app is early March 2017, 218 MB big, and requires iOS 6.0 or later, so it should work with older i-devices.

FREE for iOS: ACDSee PRO app

For a limited time, ACDSee is offering their “ACDSee PRO” app for FREE for iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods with compatible hardware/specs) in the iTunes store. No coupon code is needed, it is marked as FREE over there while this promotion is running.

FREE ACDSee Photo Studio Beta for MacOS

If you like to boldly go and try new beta digital imaging software, AND if you have a MacOS computer (Intel, at least 1GB RAM, 100MB+ free space, OS X 10.11 or 10.12), you can sign up for a free beta of ACDSee’s Photo Studio Beta. You enter name and email address to get access to the beta. Download begins automatically after you enter that information. I don’t have a MacOS device, so I can’t test this any further.

Heads Up (January 16) No Entrace Fee National Parks

This is a heads-up / plan-ahead type of an alert. As before, National Parks that typically collect entrance-fees waive them on select National Holidays. January 16 (2017) is Martin Luther King day and the parks are entrance-fee free. These may be busier than usual, which may help or hinder the potential of photo-ops depending on what the preferred subjects are. But the winter weather may discourage some of the “casuals”, so you never know 🙂

Prime Members: read Nov issue of Pop Photo for FREE

If you are a Prime member, one of your benefits is Prime Reading. For the month of November 2016, you can borrow a selection of single Magazine issues, including the November 2016 issue of Popular Photography and Imaging. Magazines count as one of your “ten out” selections but you can return them at any time to free up the slot. You don’t own these, they are digitally borrowed. As far as I can tell, these digital magazine issues can only be read on iOS and Android, not Windows.

Prime Only: 50 4×6″ Photo Prints FREE with Coupon

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, here’s another benefit, coupon code OCT50PRINTS gets you 50 4×6 inch prints for FREE at the new AmazonPrints service. You can sign in to the service using your standard Amazon account. Free shipping for Prime members. Additional prints are 9c each (4×6″). They also offer 5×7 and 8×10 inch prints along with custom photo books (starting at $20) and double-sided cards (starting at 79c). The coupon is only good for 4×6 inch prints. This is a limited time offer (specific expiration date is not mentioned there).

(ENDED) Tuesday (T-Mobile Customers only): Free 10 4×6 Printicular/Walgreens prints

This freebie expired… If you are a T-Mobile customer, you are eligible for the Tuesday T-Mobile Freebies and for this Tuesday (10/18/19) you can get ten 4×6 photo prints through the Printicular/Walgreens combination. Prints can only picked up at a Walgreens store. Check their website for more details.

FREE on iTunes: ACDSee PRO (iPhone/iPad)

Free app time! The ACDSee PRO app is currently FREE to get at the iTunes app store. Even if you don’t currently have an active iPhone or iPad device, you can still get it using iTunes on Windows or Mac, and install it in the future if/when you get a compatible iPhone/iPad. Free is free 🙂 With iPads getting bigger and more powerful, networks faster and cloud storage cheaper, mobile photography is getting easier and more powerful than before.

August 25-28: Free Admission to all 412 National Parks

If you need an excuse to go out and take pictures, the National Parks are celebrating their 100 year birthday and as part of the festivities they are offering FREE ADMISSION to all 412 National Parks between August 25-28 in 2016. Normally fees vary by park and situation, some parks do not charge any entry fees. A list of fees at the National Parks blog (fan blog, not official).

You can start another Free Trial of Adobe’s Creative Cloud

In an email probably written by a committee or by a high ranking executive who is out of touch with the plebs, Adobe is announcing that you can start another free trial of their Creative Cloud products, even if you had previously started free trials. Their email “explaining” this:


PS1: I don’t know if this applies to everyone or a subset of former free-trial users

PS2: speaking of which, good until 3am ET on Wednesday, Amazon is offering as either a Key Card or a digital download a 1-Year PrePaid Subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (LightRoom and Photoshop CC) for $95.

Free Online Photography class at Stacksocial with Social Sharing

It’s freebie time at Stacksocial, but as with all their previous freebies, it requires social media activity. Namely you have to follow them on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ and share the offer on one of those places. This freebie is a 10-session Photography Class in a five week period. You can watch it LIVE or On-Demand later. Details on the class at Shaw Academy.

(ENDED) Free Access to Consumer Reports (ends 5/20/16 8am ET)

This limited time “tear down the paywall” promotion ended, but if they did it once, it is possible they may do it again in the future…

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Free Photoshop Graphic Design course at Udemy with Coupon

It’s freebie time! Online course site Udemy is offering, for a limited time, the “Photoshop in Ease: Create World Amazing Graphic Designs” video course for FREE when you enter coupon code MASTERDESIGN over there. The course runs 3 hours long with 26 lectures. It offers lifetime access, and you can watch in a web browser or using their iOS and Android apps. You don’t have to enter a credit card or billing address unless you are going to pay for something.

If you are not familiar with Udemy, you have to enter the coupon code first, then add to the shopping cart. Annotated screenshot crop below:


FREE 8×10″ Walgreens Photo print with coupon

There is a new promotion from Walgreens Photo, coupon code FREEGIFTPIC gets you one free 8×10 inch print. Limit one print per customer. Free store pickup. Shipping to your own address has a S&H fee (unless they are running any online promotion). Coupon expires at 11:59pm Central on Saturday 5/7/16.

Canon CarePAK Offer extended until 7/31/16

Canon’s free 13-month CarePAK (free accidental damage protection for select registered products) has been extended until the end of July 2016. You can learn about the plan at Canon’s website and you can see a list of eligible Canon DSLRs and Lenses for this promotion at B&H Photo. Eligible items include the full frame DSLRs, the 7D Mark II, and a few lenses. You have to manually register for the promotion after purchase though, it does not activate automatically.

Nik Collection now FREE for ALL (Win/Mac)

Google decided today to make the Nik Collection (seven different items) FREE for all. Infact it’s so free you can just click on the download button, select Mac or Windows, and download the files. On Windows, it is a 429MB .EXE file. I am downloading it as I write this. Will update with what happens next.

You don’t even need a Google account to download ~ just hit the download button (top right corner of the page).

If you purchased the software earlier in 2016, Google will automatically send you a refund in the next few days.

This was announced at the Nik Collections Google+. Thanks to one of our readers for the email alert!

Lightroom now FREE on Google Play (no sign-up, no subscription)

Adobe was rather late to the mobile photography app party, so now they have to be more aggressive to recapture lost ground. Which perhaps explains their latest move, Lightroom is now free for all to use on Google Play. You don’t need an Adobe ID, you don’t need a subscription. Just install it on your device and start using it locally.

I played with it for a few minutes. On an 8-inch Android tablet, the screen feels rather small for the UI, readability is not ideal, and in general it has more of a downsized desktop app feel to it. But it’s free and it works! It will probably feel a lot better on 10+ inch tablets. Perhaps a new excuse for photographers to buy the new Google Pixel C Android 2-in-1 creature? Or that 18-inch Samsung Galaxy Viewstrocity?

If you want to sync with your desktop, then an Adobe ID and subscription is needed. They are not giving everything away 🙂

Free Premium Apps: Photo Lab Pro by VicmanLLC and more

The Amazon Android/FireOS app-store is having a Halloween Free Apps promotion. A total of 29 premium apps are participating, and you can get as many of them as you want for free, including photography-app PhotoLab Pro by Vicman LLC. Other famous apps included are AVG AntiVirus Pro, Splashtop Remote Desktop, and lots of games.

These are Amazon’s regular apps, not the “Underground apps” that are free but your data usage is the price you pay for the free-ness. Offer ends 10/31/15.

Lightroom (iOS) now FREE for ALL

If you have an iOS 8.1 or later Apple device, and do not have a Creative Cloud subscription or a desktop Lightroom, you too now can use the iOS version of Lightroom for free without the prior restrictions. Adobe finally discovered they can use it as a “gateway software drug” instead of frustrating users and driving them into the arms of many of the thousands of other iOS photography apps 🙂

Lightroom has two versions available, one for the iPhone/iPod and for the iPads. With the new bigger and more powerful iPad Pro, things may get more interesting worfklow-wise.

More via Apple Insider et al.

Free (iOS 8+): Hipstamatic Camera app

The Hipstamatic Camera app is celebrating version 300 (already on version 301), and as part of the festivities, the app is currently FREE to get at the iTunes Store. It supports devices running iOS 8 or later. Version 300 was a major update, adding more features including manual controls and more editing options.

Free CreativeLive Online Conference

CreativeLIVE is having a FREE online conference running between September 18-25 in 2015. A variety of classes are planned. You can see the schedule by day over there.

Ten premium Photography Apps FREE (with free in-app purchases) as part of the new Amazon Underground

The Amazon free premium Android-y app of the day is DEAD. But it has a more user-friendly replacement. It is called the Amazon Underground. Hundreds of premium (normally for pay) Android apps are available for you to download and use for FREE. In-app purchases are free too. No ads. Amazon will pay the developers for use of the apps using the experimental scheme they launched with Kindle Unlimited earlier in the year. You must get the Underground version of the app, not the regular one. Amazon estimates a value of over $10,000 if you get them all.

Of those Underground apps, there are ten under Photography at the moment, including PhotoSuitePro 4, Perfectly Clear, pFolio, FlickFolio, etc. The Underground apps have a distinctive logo in their thumbnail as you can see below:

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Next Free Entrance at National Parks is September 26

Ooops, I am definitely not Doctor Who – time confusion, August 25 was yesterday. But the next free day is about a month away, September 26 in 2015 (National Public Lands Day), plenty of time to plan ahead, since planning ahead for -1 days (August 25) is slightly difficult without the use of a Tardis…

If you live near one of the 127 national parks (out of 408 total) that charge admission/entrance, on specific days every year (MLK, Prez weekend, Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, Public Lands Day, Veterans Day), you can get FREE admission. Details, restrictions, list of parks, and days/dates that offer free admission for all can be found at the National Park Service website.

TIP: great way to build a large library of “busy day at national park” stock photos 🙂

Free Photo Book for first time MyPublisher customers

First time customers at can receive a free photo book. You have to enter your email (nothing else) at the promotional prompt (top right corner of their page or the tape-delayed email pester-nudge window). You will receive an email with the promo code and the long terms and conditions are linked to through the email. I do not know if shipping is free.

NOTE: after you enter your email, their website automatically tries to start downloading their book creation software on your computers. On Windows, this is As a minimum they should be _clearly_ warning people ahead of time this is about to happen because many and more these days are spooked by surprise downloads of things. Or just not start automatic downloads. Grumpy mode ends 🙂