Daily Links and Deals: Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel?

daily_links_1Today, a look at using Google Translate on something as complex as a novel. Also, some Kindle users are having an issue with Windows 10, Scribd has made some changes to address discovery issues and we’re still talking about that monkey selfie. In deals, Amazon is offering significant savings on household products.

Daily Links for day, August 26, 2016:

Some Kindle users reporting Windows 10 Anniversary compatibility issues (ZD Net) Windows 10 has managed to break yet something else.

Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to talk about and lust after cars (The Next Web) But Amazon’s not selling cars – just an awful lot of of parts and accessories.

Google now lets you play ‘Solitaire’ in search results (Mashable) And you can play Tic-Tac-Toe… Forget getting any work done.

If a monkey snaps a selfie, does it own the rights to its own photograph? (Quartz) Yes, we are still talking about that picture.

Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel? (Publisher’s Weekly) We probably have a lot of misconceptions about how Google Translate works, a fact that highlighted when you try to translate a novel.

Scribd Introduces New Discovery Experience (Scribd.Literally) Since these changes are mostly about curated content, I’m underwhelmed, but YMMV.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a large assortment of household products and cleaning supplies. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) by John W. Mefford. The Romance Daily Find is Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Extra Daily Deal is Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Time for School, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’

daily_links_1Today, a story about a new initiative to bring books to prisoners in London jails. Also, Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund, citizens are asked to open their WiFi to help with the earthquake rescue in Italy and more. Today’s deals include a Lenovo laptop and deals on Daredevil comics.

Daily Links for day, August 25, 2016:

Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world (Techcrunch) Amazon’s initiative allows schools and 501(c)(3) organizations to make donation requests.

Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords (Engadget) To facilitate rescue efforts, people are being asked to open up their WiFi networks for allow aid workers and people needing help to use online services to communicate.

A book purge has reawakened a love of books (The Lima News) A book purge using the “spark joy” method from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up had a surprising result.

Smashwords Alerts Notifies Readers of New Releases from Favorite Authors (Smashwords) This new feature makes it easier to keep track of new works by your faves.

London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’ (The Bookseller) Last year, there as a plan floated to deny prisoners books. Now they plan to give them away instead.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes several Daredevil Comics collections.

In Today’s Deals, a Lenovo Thinkpad T460 14″ Laptop, a Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum (Certified Refurbished), and a Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. The Romance Daily Find is Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy Series #1) by Stephanie Tyler.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dream Man by Linda Howard. The Extra Daily Deal is Game Theory: A Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller by Colleen Cross.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Isn’t this a great title?🙂

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Joan Hess cozy mysteries

caveatemptorThere’s a special sale today on mysteries by Joan Hess. She is know for writing cozy mysteries with a twist of humor. Select Open Road Media titles are available today for $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes. Most of the titles on sale are either from the Maggody, Arkansas (Arly Hanks) series or are books written under the name Joan Hadley.

Titles available:

Have you read these?

 

Daily Links and Deals: The Unacknowledged Obstacle of Literary Sleepiness

daily_links_1Today, a writer looks at the problem of sleepiness when reading. Also a new update will make the Prisma photo app faster to use, the touch problem with the Apple iPhone 6 models, and why Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is so hard to sign up for. In deals, a VOIP phone system by Ooma.

Daily Links for day, August 24, 2016:

The Unacknowledged Obstacle of Literary Sleepiness (Read it Forward) Interesting thought piece on reading: why we make excuses for not doing it, especially the problem of staying awake long enough to actually get reading done.

Prisma adds offline image processing to iOS app (The Verge) The only thing I disliked about Prisma was the way processing would stall if the cloud was busy. This will be a welcome change.

Apple still isn’t acknowledging its growing ‘touch disease’ problem (The Next Web) It seems that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have a problem with their devices and Apple’s not helping.

Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is shockingly difficult to sign up for (Ars Technica) You can get a better deal from Comcast in cities where it completes with Google Fiber. But what do you do when customer services says they know nothing about the offer?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

In Today’s Deals, an Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service with HD2 Handset.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl in the Ice by Lotte Hammer, Søren Hammer.  The Romance Daily Find is Illusions of Love: A Novel by Cynthia Freeman.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is This Calder Sky by Janet Dailey. The Extra Daily Deal is The Sweet Taste of Sin (The Fontaines Book 1) by Ember Casey.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes In the Land of Second Chances by George Shaffner.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web

daily_links_1Today is the 25th anniversary of the Internet being open to everyone! Also, stories on how Windows 10 is causing problems with webcams and Kobo e-readers, a Chrome Extension for  helping you decide which articles to save for later and a service that lets you read novels on your phone, one text at a time. In deals, a stainless steel tumbler and a Hoover carpet cleaner. Also, continued deals on Alexa enabled devices.

Daily Links for day, August 23, 2016:

Should you read this article now or save it for later? There’s a Chrome extension to help you decide (The Next Web) Speaking as someone who has been working on clearing articles from my Pocket that date back to 2014, this actually sounds pretty good…

Microsoft: Sorry Windows 10 Anniversary Update killed your webcam (ZD Net) For an OS that’s been out for a year, Windows 10 has a lot of compatibility issues.

Updated Windows 10 won’t read Kobo ereader files: September fix hoped for (Teleread) As I was just saying….

The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages (Wired) We’ve had weekly and monthly serials, blogged books and books written as a series of tweets. Why not texts?

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web (CNET) Twenty-five years ago, CERN let the rest of play online too. Now look at where we are at!🙂

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Yard (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad Book 1) by Alex Grecian.

In Today’s Deals, a RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler. Also, a Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner (I have an earlier model of this – a must for a pet owner…)

You can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Natchez Burning (Penn Cage Series #4) by Greg Iles. The Romance Daily Find is Odd Girl Out by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Spider Woman’s Daughter A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman. The Extra Daily Deal is Life After Life A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: The Secret Libraries of History

daily_links_1Today, an article on secret libraries through the centuries. Also, a look at things book lovers do that others may consider weird,  a crowdfunding project that brings e-readers to kids who can’t touch real books and a primer on SD cards. In deals, a Swingline laminator and savings on Alexa enable products. And finally, the price is reduced on The Girl On TheTrain.

Daily Links for Monday, August 22, 2016:

The Secret Libraries of History (BBC) Fascinating article on libraries and collections that have been hidden for centuries.

7 Weird Things I Do With Books (Read It Forward) I actually met my husband in a bookstore, so none of this seems weird to me at all….

Best SD cards (Tab Times) If SD cards are confusing to you, here’s an article that may help. It explains the basics and explains available options.

This NYC Hospital Teacher Is Crowdfunding E-Readers for Sick Students Who Can’t Risk Handling Books (The 74) This is heartwarming and highlights a circumstance where digital is better than print.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes I”d Tell You I Love You, But Then I”d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls Book 1) by Ally Carter.

In Today’s Deals, a Swingline Laminator. You can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Firm by John Grisham. The Romance Daily Find is Stirring Attraction: A Second Shot Novel by Sara Jane Stone.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Over You (A Romance Novel) by H.M. Ward, L.G. Castillo. The Extra Daily Deal is Pardonable Lies
A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes No Limits by Michael Phelps.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

Price Reduction: For those of you that boycott books priced over $9.99, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train has been reduced from $11.99 to $9.99. And FYI, that’s more expensive than the paperback, which is $9.60 on Amazon.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Sunday Daily Deals: The Great Santini

great_santiniDeals of the Day or Sunday, August 21, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Great Santini by Pat Conroy.

In Today’s Deals, High Sierra bags and backpacks for back to school.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky. The Romance Daily Find is Fearless Men: Serenade, Sincerely, and Suddenly by Sandra Kitt.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of Books Under $5.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Goddess by Kelly Gardiner. The Extra Daily Deal is Marley & Me Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction and also in Mystery.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. This is a really interesting series if you like apocalyptic fiction.🙂

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.