Daily Links: How to read more books in a year

daily linksDigital Life:

How to read more books in a year (High Existence)

Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking (Huffington Post)

The Security on Cheap Kids’ Tablets Has More Holes Than Swiss Cheese (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

Broadband and Telephone News:

 Hands-on with the fastest LTE network in Europe: 400Mbps down, 45Mbps up (Ars Technica)

We Won the Internet! What’s Next? (Recode)

Gaming and Streaming:

Did the PayTV guys stay flat last year or lose more than a million subscribers (Recode)

Nickleodeon to launch Noggin subscription video service in March (Variety)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

How to enable text-to-speech on iPad and iPhone for Kindle, iBooks (The Ebook Reader)

Nexus 9 Tips (Tab Times)

How to Send Webpages to Your Kindle (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals today include mysteries, romance and biographies as well as science fiction and children’s titles

The Nook Find of the Day is Sanctuary Island (Sanctuary Island Series #1) by Lily Everett for $2.99.

Kobo Daily Deal is The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris for $2.99.

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. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Google lets you upload 50,000 songs to the cloud for free

daily linksDigital Life:

Google now lets you upload 50,000 songs to the cloud for free (Verge)

Amazon Publishing Expands Into France, Spain (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

 You Won’t Be Able to Use Your AOL ID to Access iTunes for Much Longer (Recode)

Google, Tumblr Remind Us That If You Don’t Own The Platform, You Don’t Control It Either (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

Whose digital content is it anyway? (The Guardian)

Google Launches Distraction-Free Reading Mode for Chrome, But It’s Not Worth Using (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

Apps and Software:

Marvel Mighty Heroes Game Announcement (Gear Diary)

Gaming and Streaming:

The long, bouncy saga of PC Grand Theft Auto V delays (Ars Technica)

Obituary: Gaming pioneer Steve Bristow helped design Tank, Breakout (Ars Technica)

Broadband and Telephone News:

Verizon will fix your landline in a month—or give you wireless right now (Ars Technica)

T-Mobile launches update tracker for Android devices (Android Central)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android (Android Central)

Kindle Text-to-Speech Review (Video) (The Ebook Reader)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals today include Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh’s newest series, science fiction, romance and time management titles.

The Nook Find of the Day is Moira Young’s Rebel Heart (Dust Lands Series #2) for $1.99.

The Kobo Daily Deals is Joseph Kanon’s Istanbul Passage for $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. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.






Library Corner: 2-24-2015

Library corner imageLibrary News:

 Digital Books Are Up in the Air (American Libraries)

Where Libraries Are Sited Is As Important As What They Do? (Brave New World)

National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries (Teleread)

OverDrive’s Big Library Read and Global eBook Club (The Ebook Reader)

National Library of Medicine Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators (Infodocket)

Coming soon for U.S. and Canadian libraries: Disney streaming video! (Overdrive)

Listen Here: Edmonton Public Library Will Begin Offering Free Downloads of Music by Local Musicians in April (Infodocket)

Someone Is Trying to Save You From Awful Books at the Boston Public Library (Boston.com)

Pilot Project: Three Chicago Public Library Branches Will Begin Lending Internet Routers and Tablets Next Month (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

Canada: Scholars Portal from Ontario Council of University Libraries now locally hosting 40 million articles (Infodocket.com)

New Resource: ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries Provide 25,000 Early Modern Books as Open Access Text (Infodocket)

Resources: Badilisha Poetry X-Change, The Largest Online Archive of African Poetry in the World (Infodocket)

Newly Launched Posen Digital Library From Yale University Press Makes Available Jewish Literature, Art, Artifacts and More (Infodocket)

Cornell Hip Hop Collection to Go Digital (Cornell Sun)


Once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about new digital collections available online.

Daily Links: Tumblr blocking infringing content

daily linksDigital Life:

Tumblr Is Now Blocking Uploads of Infringing Content… (Digital Music News)

Tumblr censors torrent related tags and searches  (Torrent Freak)

Google set to launch kid-friendly YouTube app on Feb. 23 (Android Central)

Fast Facts: Tax ID theft tops FTC complaints in 2014 (Infodocket)

Can Sponsorship Save Small Bookstores? (New Yorker)

Why digital natives prefer reading in print (Washington Post)


15 best recipe apps for Android tablets (Tab Times)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

10 Tips to Help Make Your eBook Reader Last Longer (The Ebook Reader)

6 common problems with the Nexus 7 (2013) and how to fix them (Tab Times

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Deal of the Day todays has JLab headphones and earbuds for up to 80% off. I own several pairs of each and have found them to be an amazing value for the price.

The Kindle Daily Deals include post-apocalyptic science fiction, inspirational, romance and kids’ genres. And, until March 11, you can get 175 Kindle Books for $1.99. There’s a GREAT selection in this group: Ed McBain (87th Precinct Mysteries), Bob Mayer (Area 51) and many, many more.

The Nook Deal of the Day is The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan for $2.99.

And finally, how about a really fun Kindle cover? This 6″ TLC Slim book Fluffies cover for the Paperwhiteis so cuddly!

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.


Lenovo installs adware on pcs

lenovo y-50Lenovo, a computer company that last year had one-fifth of the world computer market share, had been installing adware on PCs. The adware came pre-installed on new PCs shipped between October and December 2014. It hijacked encrypted sessions, leaving the affected computers vulnerable to attack. The adware uses a fake security certificate called Superfish which can circumvent HTTPS encryption.

Ars Technica has a detailed piece here on the adware and how it works. I recommend giving it a read.

Given the size and scope of Lenovo’s market share, this story was obviously going to be big news.  To make matters worse, in a pretty callous statement, Lenovo said that the adware was included “…to help customers potentially discover interesting products while shopping.”

Yeah, right. (Ars actually wrote an article called “Lenovo honestly thought you’d enjoy that Superfish HTTPS spyware” based on that one!)

The company is now backtracking, with Lenovo’s CTO is now saying that “… we didn’t do enough.” There are also promises to wipe Superfish off the affected PCs.

So the company is sorry. Sort of. < /sarcasm>

Lenovo’s complete statement, along with affected model numbers and instructions for removal is here.

Just a couple of days ago, I was eyeing a Lenovo tablet for a upcoming project. I am really glad now that I didn’t make that purchase.

Stay tuned. There is going to be a lot more news on this in the days to come.


Daily Links: Letting Your Kids Play in Social Media

daily linksDigital Life:

Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox (New York Times)

Trade-In Values Have Tanked for Older eReaders (The Ebook Reader)

Used eBook Marketplace Tom Kabinet Launches eBookstore (Ink, Bits, & Pixels [formerly The Digital Reader])

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret (Teleread)

Tablet Magazine puts a price on comments to eliminate online trolls (The Passive Voice)

New Dr Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

How Google determined our right to be forgotten (The Guardian)

Apps and Software:

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore (Android Central)

Kindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker via Teleread)

Google has officially launched a Google Play Music app for iPad (Tab Times)

IFTTT launches 3 new apps to create an easy button for the web (Gigaom)

Broadband and Telephone News:

UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility (Ars Technica)

US carriers still stink at unlocking phones, analysis finds (Ars Technica)

Gaming and Streaming:

​Sling TV to add Epix video-on-demand channels (Cnet)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

Log out Everywhere except your current Browser on your WordPress Blog (Social Positives)

How to connect iPad to your TV (Tab Times)

Finds and Deals:

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals titles include Romance, Science Fiction, Literature and Young adult. There are also 50 Romance and Mystery titles in the 50 Kindle Books for $2 deal. Ed McBain’s Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1),  is one of the titles for $2. 🙂

The Nook Find of the Day is Vicktor E.  Frankl’s  spiritual classic, Man’s Search for Meaning for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Smokin’ Hot by Lynn LaFleur for $2.99.

Amazon music store is featuring $5 Digital Music Deals, including Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 2-17-2015

Library corner imageLibrary News:

The History of Harvard’s Library, One Spine at a Time (Harvard)

Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hours (Smithsonian Magazine)

Not In the Clear: Libraries and Privacy (Inside Higher Ed)

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Will Implement New Braille Code in 2016 (Infodocket)

Essay on problems that the economic model of e-books poses for college libraries and scholars (Inside Higher Ed)

Digital Collections:

A Visit to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (Digital NC) (Infodocket)

Coming Soon From ProQuest: Digitized Collection of Influential British Magazines, More Than 850,000 Pages From First Half of 20th Century

New Online: Louisiana State Archives and Louisiana Public Television Launch Digital Media Archive (Infodocket)

Wellcome Library donates 100,000 medical images to Wikimedia Commons (Wikipedia Blog)

Reference: University of Glasgow Releases “Historical Thesaurus of English” Web Resource (Free) (Infodocket)

NYPL Digital Collections Platform: An Introduction (NYPL)

Once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about new digital collections available online.



Amazon Free Apps Bundle for 2-12-2015

officeproAmazon is giving away 37 free apps in their appstore today. The bundle includes games and productivity apps. While many of these have been offered before for free, there are a few gems in the bunch like the Doggcatcher Podcast player and OfficeSuite Professional 8 (a $19.99 value).

This offer seems to be for today only.

Valentines Day Deals on Fires and Kindles

az-valAmazon is offering discounts on select Kindles and Fires in their Valentine’s deals. There are discounts on the Fire HD 6, Kindle Paperwhite, basic Kindle with Touchscreen Display, and the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition.

It is worth noting that when I was logged in under my Prime member account, the page also showed offers for 5 monthly payments for the various devices. I didn’t see these when I was logged in on my other account.

The sale ends February 15, 2015.


Library Corner: 2-8-2015

Library corner imageLibrary News:

Where publishers ought to be behind libraries (Teleread)

 Artist upset after Long Beach Public Library removes doll from art display that it considered ‘controversial’ (Press Telegram)

Fire in major Russian library destroys 1m historic documents (The Guradian)

From Paper Maps to the Web: A DIY Digital Maps Primer (New York Public Library)

New Apps: Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” Mobile App (Infodocket)

Books & bikes: Share program considered for libraries (CT Post)

Big-Box Store Has New Life as an Airy Public Library (NY Times)

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment (Teleread)

 Digital collections:

 University of North Texas Libraries Placing Digitized News Film (1950-1979) From NBC 5 / KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) on Portal to Texas History (Infodocket)

DK Launches Online Encyclopedia for Kids (Publishers Weekly)

The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images & 100s of Audio Files Free to Use (Open Culture)

HMS Beagle sketchbooks added to Cambridge Digital Library (University of Cambridge)

Whitney Museum massively expands online collection database  (Art News)

University of North Carolina Library Launches DocSouth Data, Historic Texts Ready For Analysis (Infodocket)

State of Tennessee Begins Rolling Out Collection of Digitized Historic Maps Online (Infodocket)

Humanities Open Book: Unlocking Great Books (NEH)

Once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about new digital collections available online.