This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
One very simple way I came to know recently is through File I/O operations. Yes, this works even if the file is at client machine, just read the file using simple File I/O operation like you do in a desktop application.