Daily Links: Public Domain in the Digital Age

From BoingBoing, an interesting piece on the public domain in the digital age and the concept of copyfraud.

Open Culture has an article on the Speech Accent Archive – The English accents of people who speak 341 different languages.

Amazon has 31 apps for free today (Saturday) via the Amazon App Store.

And on Making Use Of, you will find game, productivity and musical apps are on sale or free for the iPad. Note that I found that some of the pricing did not apply when purchased through a device other than an iPad.

My E-book finds of the day are The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.) and The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us from my to-be-read list. They are each on sale today for only $1.99.

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.

Daily Links: Deal on Kindle Fire HD and more

Kindle FireToday, Amazon’s Deal of the Day is a refurbished Kindle Fire 8.9  for only $139.00. This is the previous generation model with the micro HDMI port. I use mine a lot for streaming video because of that port.

The eBook Reader has a great post on turning your Android tablet into an ereader, with a comprehensive list of reading apps for Android.

I’ve been MIA because of a couple of home projects, but here are a few other interesting recent links:

Willing to pay extra for a truly waterproof Kindle?  You may find this article from Techcrunch interesting.

I missed this when it happened, but Daniel Keyes, the author of one of my favorite books, Flowers for Algernon, has passed away. A short piece here on Galleycat.

Being a zombie fan, I also like to read books on preparedness (prepping). This article with instructions for A Bug Out Kindle loaded with survival books was interesting, although, I personally would have used an e-ink Kindle. Hey, I already have the Goal Zero Solar Recharging Kit to keep it working in an emergency!

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.

Daily Links: Open Road launches series for controversial books

From Publishers Weekly: Open Road launches series for controversial books

From the eBookReader.com: Kobo Website formatting tip on how to identify ePub types

From Teleread: Opening Nook books in Adobe Digital Editions

From Vox (via the Digital Reader): 7 Things the most-highlighted passages from Kindles tell us

From the Digital Reader: Missing in Action: The Kindle Paperwhite 3

Today, Amazon has a Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 4G LTE  as the Bonus Deal of the Day. It is $199 for the 32GB version.This is the older version with the micro-HDMI port and the 4G coverage is set up for AT & T coverage.

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.

Your Oldest e-book Purchase Date

If you own a Kindle  ereader, you have probably noticed that Amazon has completely redesigned the Manage Your Kindle Page (now called Manage Your Content and Devices). If you had a large number of books, the old page was a nightmare to try to use. It showed titles newest first and would only show 10 books or so at a time before you had to go to the next page. And after few pages, the system would time out and you would have to log in again and start all over. It was pretty much impossible to see all your books if you had a large collection. Seeing your oldest e-books was something I never managed to figure out how to do.

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The new page, however, is quite different to use. While some customers haven’t been wild about the changes, many others enjoy the new feature offered by the redesign. (I personally love it!)  One of the new features is the ability to sort by your oldest books first. There is currently a thread on the KBoards forums discussing this very subject, asking folks to post the date and title of their first Kindle purchase.

My first two purchases on the Kindle were made April 22, 2008.  The first book downloaded was a free one, Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by David Bach and Hillary Rosner (now $11.64). The first paid purchase was the The Dragonriders of Pern Omnibus  by Anne McCaffrey for $7.96 (now priced at $9.99).

This walk down memory lane was fascinating for me. I can only go back 18 months on my NOOK books. Kobo lists my books, but give little data about them.  The page revealed a lot of interesting data about my e-book buying habits: what I bought and how much I paid for the books. I was buying 7 to 10 books a month for my Kindle, and that doesn’t count the classics I was downloading and reading from Project Gutenberg.

So, how about you? What was your first e-book?

Samsung partners with Nook for a new tablet

Today brings news that Samsung is partnering with Barnes and Noble on a new co-branded Nook Tablet that will be based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 model. The Galaxy Tab series is a popular line of tablets and new device is planned to build off incorporate the hardware and “provide customers “with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.”

According to the press release:

The companies are expected to introduce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores across the U.S. and online at bn.com, one of the leading e-commerce sites.

Barnes and Noble says it plans to continue to sell (and support) its Nook Glowlight.

There is no mention of what the co-branded tablet will be called. I will be interested in seeing how the tablet is differentiated from Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab series. I currently run the Nook reading app on a Samsung tablet and am also curious as to how the experience of using the new device will be different.


Did You Know: Quick Fix for a Frozen Screen

Here’s a quick fix for when your Kindle is running slow or freezes entirely:

  • Press (or slide) the power button and HOLD for 20 seconds.
  • After 20 seconds, release the power button.  (On the Kindle Fire, press the power button again.)
  • The Kindle start up screen will appear shortly.

Here are more troubleshooting tips,  with pictures, including a nifty timer to count down the seconds to hold down your power button. 🙂


Daily Links: Romance Novel app unveiled

These are from the last few days:

From Goodereader: RWA Novel App unveiled

From The Digital Reader: Kindle Cloud app goes international

From Open Culture: Free NASA book on communicating with Aliens

From Teleread: Free Liberace Biography


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.