Library Corner 10-28-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

Media: Rovi Donates Nearly One Million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and Video Games to Michigan State University Libraries (Infodocket)

Ohio: KnowItNow24x7 Service Ends December 31 (State Library of Ohio)

Grant to Develop the Next Generation Wayback Machine (Internet Archive)

Seattle: Survey: Thumbs down on proposed Seattle Public Library name change (Seattle Times)

Gabriel García Márquez Archive Opens for Research on October 21 (University of Texas at Austin)

International Library News:

New Zealand: National library duped by $75k forgery (TVNZ)

Spain: National Library of Spain Announces 5 Million Euros ($5.6 Million) Digital Preservation Partnership (Infodocket)

Policy and Privacy:

Reinventing the Library (NYT)

The Ebook Pricing Wars: A former publisher’s perspective (American Libraries)

The future of encryption (National Science Foundation)


What the Google Books Victory Means for Readers: Is a universal library finally within reach? (The Atlantic)

Reference and Statistics:

Data: Statistics on U.S. Driver Electronic Device Use 2014 (Texting While Driving, Etc.) (Infodocket)

New African mining law database promotes transparency and investment (Mining Review)

Digital Collections:

Science: New NASA Website Provides Daily Views of Earth Taken From One Million Miles Away (Infodocket)

New Primary Source Sets for Education (DPLA)

NASA: Access Near Real Time Satellite Imagery using The Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET), Version 2 of API Released (Infodocket)

Library of Congress Places Lomax Kentucky Recordings at Berea College (Berea College)

ANS Launches Online Catalog with Egyptian National Library (Coinweek)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: The sorry state of ebooks on Windows 10 Mobile

daily_links_1A few fascinating links today:

The sorry state of ebooks on Windows 10 Mobile (Win Beta) – Interest piece on the state of ebooks for Windows phones and tablets.

Why your phone number isn’t going anywhere (The Next Web) – We now verify our identities using our phones. Here are some thoughts on what the future looks line.

First ever online-only NFL game draws over 15 million viewers (Ars Technica) – When we think watching football, we think television. Is this the beginning of a paradigm shift?

My Kindle find today: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman for only $1.99! (This book normally runs $5 to $8 for the ebook version.) You can also grab it on Barnes and Noble and Kobo for the sale price. Sorry, IOS users, but I can’t seem to find it on in the US  iTunes store. 🙂

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.

How to check your Amazon No Rush shipping credits

nrshipping1Many people know that Amazon frequently offers a credit for Prime members who choose no rush shipping for deliveries.  The offers tend to vary: The promotional credit might be for Amazon video, MP3 music or Kindle books. Video, as well as software and games credits are occasionally offered. Sometimes, the credit is for $1 or $2; other times, a $5.99 Prime Pantry shipping benefit is offered instead. When an eligible order is placed, Amazon sends an email noting the credit and the expiration date for getting the promotional discount.

But did you know that there is a way to check the amount of unused credits you have remaining on your account? Buried in the digital music section, Amazon has a page where you can go to check the unused credits on your account. When you click to check your balance, a pop-up opens with a  breakdown of the balances for eligible products: Amazon gift cards, MP3s, Kindle books, Amazon Video, software and games:


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What the page does not list are the expiration dates of the credits themselves. The site advises that you check the original promotion emails for the expiration dates. This page shows all of your available credits except for Appstore credits.

Interestingly, when I had previously looked in the past, I had not been able to find this information. But according to the page itself, it says I should be able to check the account credit balance on any Digital Music detail page by clicking the “Redeem a gift card or promotional code and View Balance” button. To check, I went to the detail page for Mozart For Your Mind – Boost Your Brain Power.  As you can see in the picture below, on my current version of Amazon, I don’t have a link or a button with that label. Instead, on the right side of the item detail page, there is a box under the buy button that says more options. Without being told, I would have no idea to look there to check my balance.


Clicking on the more options button reveals further choices, including  “Add a gift or promotion code” instead of the  “Redeem a gift card or promotional code” link I was looking for.  The check balance part of the label is missing entirely. Once again, I would have no idea to look there if I wanted to check my balance without being told.


If you click on the “Add a gift or promotion code” link, the following pop-up screen appears:


I was then offered a choice of using my gift card balance or my MP3 credit. No other balances are shown to me.

Checking for video credits was a completely different process. I tested it on the detail page for an episode of The Walking Dead. Underneath the buy buttons, this page did have a link that was worded “Redeem a gift card or promotional code.” Clicking on the link revealed a different pop-up which included the addition of Apps for Android credits, as seen in the picture below:


Strangely, the video page is the only one that shows all your various available credits in one place.

Checking the ebook and software item pages revealed no way of checking credit balances. (I don’t know if it made a difference that I had no existing credits in those categories.) The ebooks detail page had a “Enter a promotion or gift code” link buried under the “Add to Wishlist ” button and the choices available were only either to enter a promotion Code or an Amazon Gift Card.  None of the software detail pages had a button or link to add or redeem a code of any kind nor a way to check a credit balance.

The App store detail page was again different from the previous pages. (I don’t think that it is technically a part of the No Rush shipping credit program – or at least I have never seen it. All my past app credits have been tied to other Appstore purchases.) Clicking the “Redeem a gift card or promotional code” link on this page only yielded two choices, a gift card balance or an Appstore credit.


So, it seems that while there are several ways of reviewing your credits, the easiest, most straightforward way of checking the credits is the page designated for checking the account.

As a Prime member, I am a huge fan of the No Rush shipping credits. I can get extras for things that I am already buying. But, personally, I have had unused credits expire on more than one occasion because I forgot I had them. I was delighted to figure out to check my credits. 🙂

Daily Links: New Library Thing IOS app and lifetime memberships

daily_links_1LibraryThing App! (LibraryThing) – There’s a new IOS app and free lifetime memberships! And, before you ask, no, there is no Android app yet.

Lawsuit Claims B&N Knew it Was Selling Defective USB Cables (The Digital Reader) – I personally got a defective cable, so this is really no surprise….

Publishers Straddle the Apple-Google, App-Web Divide (NYT) – Interesting post. This highlights one of the most frustrating areas of the digital life.

How to rename your Kindles and edit their email addresses to make document sending easier (Teleread) – Helpful info, especially if you have multiple devices.

Three day sale on select Kindle models – $20 off on Kindles, Paperwhites and Kindle for Kids bundles. The prices are good until October 21, 2015.

My Kindle find today: Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton for only 99 cents. The manuscript for this pirate novel was found in the authors papers and published posthumously.

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.

3 day sale on select Kindle ereaders

kindle4kidsAmazon is running a three day sale on select Kindle devices. From October 19 to October 21, Amazon is offering $20 off three of its e-ink Kindle models. The Kindle models on sale are:

Kindle, 6″ Touchscreen with Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers – This is the basic, entry level model Kindle. The touch screen is E Ink Pearl™, 167 ppi resolution with a 16-level gray scale. Four GB onboard storage.There is no built in light. Normally $79, the device is on sale for $59.

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi and Special Offers –  The Paperwhite has a built in light, a high resolution 300 ppi display, exclusive Bookerly font and 16-level gray scale. Four GB onboard storage.Normally $119,  the ereader is on sale for $99.

Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle, Accident Protection, and Kid-Friendly Cover – This bundle includes the latest basic Kindle , 2 year accident protection warranty and a special kid-friendly case in your choice of Black,Blue, Green, Pink or Purple. Four GB onboard storage. There are NO sponsored screensavers on this model, making it a great buy for adults as well as children. Normally $99, the bundle is on sale for $79.

This is a good time to buy for Holiday gifts.

Daily Links: Why Twitter is Dying

daily_links_1A few links worthy of sharing:

Why Twitter is Dying and What You Can Learn From It (Medium) – Thought-provoking piece about online abuse and its effects.

Appeals Court Rules That Google Book Scanning is Fair Use (Ars Technica) – This case filed by the Authors’ Guild may finally be running out of steam….

Chrome dumps “OK Google” eavesdropping extension because nobody actually uses it (Ars Technica) – The “always on” extension is removed from laptops and desktops.

Here’s Warner/Chappell’s Plan to Save the “Happy Birthday” Copyright (Hollywood Reporter) – With so much money on the table, this story seems determined not to go away anytime soon.

Kindle Daily Deals (Amazon) – Nine books for $2.99 or less that include several of Robert Goldsborough’s re-boot of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries.

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.