Daily Links and Deals: At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize

daily_links_1Today, story on a library’s attempt to modernize. Also, a story on a new filter that allows you to switch between clean and explicit music and a piece on one amazon scammer and how he got caught. In deals, savings on Logitch PC accessories.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 27,  2016:

At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize (Boston Globe) We often hear about cafes in bookstores. This library is getting in on the act and more….

Dash Radio launches a filter that lets you toggle between clean and explicit music (The Verge) I am not a fan of censoring any kind of art, including music,but this might really solve a problem for families with young children.

Revealed: How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars (ZD Net) Not only were a lot of people tricked into buying bad quality ebooks, innocent authors (real ones) get hurt by these scams.when bots download their books in order to “look legit”.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% off select Logitech PC accessories, including webcams Bluetooth keyboards and wireless mice.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg. The Romance Daily Find is The Random Series Boxed Set (Books 1-8 Megabundle) by Julia Kent.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad. The Extra Daily Deal is Deep Freeze: West Coast Series (Book 1) by Lisa Jackson

Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Be Here Now by Ram Dass.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles, with prices starting at 99 cents.

(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: 10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life

daily_links_1Today, a look at reader stereotypes. Also, prediction for Black Friday (yes, already!), new Roku devices and a Plex goes to the cloud. In deals, uninterruptible power supplies and power banks.

Daily Links for Monday, September 26,  2016:

10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life (Bustle) Book readers tend to have certain things in common. Here’s a look at ten stereotypes. Which one are you?

Black Friday 2016 predictions include $90 Chromebooks, $299 Apple iPad Air 2 tablets (ZD Net) Yes, Black Friday will soon be upon us and the tech rumors are starting already.

Roku launches 5 new media streamers, prices range from $30 to $130 (Liliputing) Lots of new choices in the Roku product line.(I ♥ my Roku devices!)

Plex teams up with Amazon to launch a cloud-based version of its Media Server (The Next Web) Some new options for the popular media streaming software (with a few caveats).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life – A Creative and Practical Guide by Margaret Lobenstine.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% on select APC products, including uninterruptible power supplies, power packs and surge outlets.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Romance Daily Find is Chase Family Series: A Jewels of Historical Romance Duet by Lauren Royal.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Saint Peter’s Soldiers (A James Acton Thriller, Book #14) by J. Robert Kennedy. The Extra Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles, with prices starting at 99 cents.

(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: $2.99 ebook deals

one_secondDeals of the Day for Sunday, September 25,  2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes a selection of dark reads for stormy nights for only $2.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, a VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (Certified Refurbished) and up to 50% off NYDJ clothing.

Amazon also has the Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle E-reader, cover and a 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee for $100.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Rivals of the Republic: The Blood of Rome Book 1 by Annelise Freisenbruch. The Romance Daily Find is Love, Chocolate, and Beer (Cactus Creek, #1) by Violet Duke.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently by Sebastian Bailey, Octavius Black. The Extra Daily Deal is Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD & Gene Stone.

Google Books is having a One-Day Sale. Snag top titles for $2.99.

(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 Yahoo Data Breach (Roundup)

daily_links_1Today, a roundup of some of the coverage on the Yahoo data breach. In deals, athletic shoes, sock deals and Dyson vacuum.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 23,  2016:

How not to verify a data breach (and why some really want you to get ‘pwned’) (ZD Net) This goes a long way towards explaining why it can take so long for these breeches to come to light.

If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately to protect your data (Recode) It’s not just your Yahoo account that’s vulnerable. Now, if they will just explain to me how to change my mother’s maiden name….

UK broadband customers also affected by Yahoo hack (Engadget) Some BT and Sky email accounts are also affected by the Yahoo account breach.

Yahoo finally acknowledges massive hack of user data, only informed Verizon two days ago (Talking New Media) Verizon is buying Yahoo. Does this hack effect the deal?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

In Today’s Deals, Shoes, socks and a refurbished Dyson DC65 Multi Floor – Purple.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica. The Romance Daily Find is Lone Star Nights by Delores Fossen.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Book of the Dead (Agent Pendergast series) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. The Extra Daily Deal is In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Wedding Series by Patricia McLinn.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles priced from 99 cents.

(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: Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, September 21,  2016:

Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix (Phoenix New Times) These sound like fun….

Disconnect is free for Samsung and iOS devices for the next seven days (The Next Web) This app blocks the trackers that slow your browser down and spy on you.

Netflix plans to make half of its content original programming (Ars Technica) I have mixed feeling about this because I enjoy the network series and movies that are on the service, but I have enjoyed most of the Netflix Originals I have watched. You can’t beat Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell.

In Today’s Deals, up to 30% off select computer products.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Still Life with Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #1) by P.B. Ryan. The Romance Daily Find is On the Scent (Psychic Detectives Series #1) by Angela Campbell (This was a fun read!)

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A Novel by Deborah Moggach. The Extra Daily Deal is His Diamond Queen by Lena Hart.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Americana by Don DeLillo.

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: Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next

daily_links_1In today’s stories, there is a new Goolge Books recommendation engine. Also, Sainsbury’s is exiting the UK ebook market, HP is nixing third party refills on its printer cartridges and several stories on cable and the battle for Google Fiber In deals, a Hoover WindTunnel vacuum.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 20, 2016:

Nashville Council Member Admits AT&T & Comcast Wrote The Anti-Google Fiber Bill She Submitted (Techdirt) So who exactly do this lawmakers represent?

Cable lobby tries to make you forget that it represents cable companies (Ars Technica) NCTA no longer a “cable” group, now it’s the Internet & Television Association.

Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next (Techcrunch) Google Books is trying to be better than Amazon’s algorithm.

HP detonates its timebomb: printers stop accepting third party ink en masse (Boing Boing) This isn’t the first time that printing cartridge makers have gone after third party ink companies. But with copyright appearing on things like K-cups and tractors, this is getting a little scary.

Sainsbury’s exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo (Techcrunch) I am not sure where this leaves the former Barnes and Noble customers in the UK….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Gone to Soldiers: A Novel by Marge Piercy and Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time by Mark Schaefer and Stanford Smith.

In Today’s Deals, a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless Lightweight Corded Upright vacuum.

The all-new version of the Fire 8 HD tablet is available for pre-order. The tablet is $89.99 and will be released on September 21, 2016.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman. The Romance Daily Find is Rebel Princess by Evelyn Anthony.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Is This Tomorrow A Novel by Caroline Leavitt.  The Extra Daily Deal is Children of Fire (The Chaos Born Book 1) by Drew Karpyshyn.

Also, find select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.

Google Books has a selection of Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals, up to 75% off great reads.

(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.

Cases and Covers for the new Fire HD 8

fire_hd8_coverMy new Fire HD 8 is due to arrive on Wednesday and I haven’t bought a case for it yet. I prefer not to buy the Amazon cases, partly because of the cost (I like to change out cases). I had been checking the measurements of the 2015 devices and covers and comparing them to the new ones. The new Fire HD 8 is ever so slightly narrower and thinner, so I wasn’t sure the old cases would fit the new tablets.

Today, when I was looking at cases, Amazon flashed a warning on the product page that said “We want you to know: This product is not compatible with the All-New Fire HD 8 (2016 release). Explore compatible products.

Since we now know definitively that these 2015 model covers will NOT fit the new devices, for right now at least, the only covers available are by Amazon. The available Amazon cases are:

The Amazon covers will be available upon the Fire HD 8’s  release on September 21, 2016.

The good news is, there are other third party cases and covers on their way. Covers will soon be available from manufacturers like Fintie and MOKO. I have bought cases from both companies and been satisfied with them. Both offer decent quality budget cases that include Vegan leather options. Amazon currently has these cases available for pre-order, however, NONE OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR PRIME SHIPPING. The cases are showing availability dates starting September 22 and prices start at $4.99 plus shipping. In the past, Amazon has add these covers to its inventory (and Prime shipping) fairly quickly. All cases that will fit the new Fire HD 8 are marked “All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release)”.

If you happen to need a case for the older Fire HD 8, you must search for accessories marked “Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (Fire 8″ HD Display 5th Generation – 2015 release)” to make sure you get the right sized item.

Pictured case is the Fintie Folio Case for All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release), Slim Fit Premium Vegan Leather Standing Cover for Fire HD 8 Tablet (2016 6th Gen Only), Starry Night.