Cyber Monday Book Deals

cybermondayA few noteworthy Cyber Monday Deals for e-book lovers today:

Amazon has massive savings on over 800 books in what they are calling the Biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the Year. You can save up to 85% of regular prices with titles starting at $1.99. And, yes, there are still Kindles on sale today. The $50 Fire is sold out until December 24, but the Fire 6 HD is still available.

Amazon also is offering up to 40% off on its Kindle Unlimited subscription reading service. The longer you subscribe for, the more you save.

There are hundreds of Open Road Media titles for up to 80% off as part of a holiday promotion. You can find the titles at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Google Books.

Barnes and Noble is offering 500 Nook books for under $5.

At Google Play Books, you can get up to 80% off select titles in their Cyber Weekend Deals.

Kobo is also offering a long list of titles at 80% off. And, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for only $109.99 as part of their Cyber Monday Deals.

Note that iBooks also has many books on sale for Cyber Monday, but they show in the iTunes app, not via the web browser. Sorry, but I can’t link directly to them. ūüė¶

I am seeing a lot of the same titles on the various sites. This is a great “pick the store you like to shop at” sale!

Amazon Black Friday Sale updates for $35 Fire, more

blackfridayHere are some availability¬†updates on some of Amazon’s Black Friday deals:

-The $35 7″ Fire¬†is now showing as out of stock until December 15. ¬†If you want one of these, order soon so you can still get it delivered in time for the holidays! On sale until November 29.

РMy favorite, the Fire HD 6 is still available for $69.99 through December 1. (You can read my review here.)

РThe Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 10  are both still in stock.

РThe Fire Kids Edition is also showing as out of stock until December 16. On sale until December 1.

РThe Amazon Fire TV Stick (standard remote) is sold out and will be back in stock December 10. It is on sale until November 29.The Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is also sold out and will be back in stock on November 29. It is on sale until November 29.

РThe Amazon Fire TV  and Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition are both still available. They are on sale until December 1.

РThe Amazon Echo is still available, but may require extra processing time. It is on sale until December 1.

РAll of the e-ink Kindles (including the Paperwhite and the basic Kindle for $49.99) are still available and on sale until December 1.

Note: Shipping updates were accurate as of 3 pm CST on November 2, 2015 and are certain to change as more orders accrue. 

Daily Links: Why people stick with outdated technology

daily_links_1Why People Stick With Outdated Technology (Scientific American) РYep. There are a lot of good points here (says the lady who still uses her old  iPod Classic alongside the newer tech).

This app is changing the way Tanzania reads the news (Quartz) – Interesting look at the newspaper/paywall problem.

Frustrated publishers to Twitter: Give us our share counts back (Digiday) – I don’t think this article gives enough validity to social proof on the reader’s end of things. What do you think?

8 Tips to Help You Get More Reading Done (Time Management Ninja) – It is interesting how e-readers fit into the equation.

Amazon has some very competitive prices on Samsung tablets.¬†The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4¬†(the non-Nook version) is only a few dollars more new than the price for refurbs. And the just-released, giant 18.4″ Samsung Galaxy View¬†is already reduced to¬†$499.

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: Are there Critters and Germs in My Library Books?

daily_links_1Are there Critters and Germs in My Library Books – (WSJ) – Oh, dear!E-books sound really attractive right now…

A new word for the e-publishing lexicon: Bookenfreude (Teleread) – Maybe this should be e-bookenfreude?

Stick a Fork in It, This Rumor is Done: No More New Kindles in 2015 (The Digital Reader) – See, you can go ahead and safely buy a new Paperwhite now. ūüôā

AT&T, Verizon try to prevent ban on text message blocking (Ars Technica) – Are they blocking spam or a legitimate use?

My Kindle Find of the Day is Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas of  Last time I checked, the Kindle version was $14.99; today it is 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. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 11-24-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks (NYT)

Beinecke Library acquires ‚Äėtreasure trove‚Äô of medieval manuscripts from a famed ‚Äėbook breaker‚Äô (Yale)

New York Public Library Acquires Archive of The New York Review of Books (NYT)

In city elementary schools, a campaign for libraries (

DPLA and Pop Up Archive partner to make audiovisual collections across the U.S. searchable (DPLA)

Interesting Library Facts: A Vermont Board of Libraries Subcommittee is in Charge of Geographic Naming Decisions in the State (Infodocket)

Brooklyn Public Library deal reportedly falls short of market value, leaves NYC shortchanged (NY Daily News)

A Legacy of Librarians (LOC)

International Library News:

Will Libraries Outlive Books?: A Future Tense Event Recap (Slate)

Ireland: ‚ā¨10m investment for National Library of Ireland (RTE)

Poland: New Copyright Law in Poland Heralds New Era for Libraries (EIFL)

Policy and Privacy:

Price on Privacy | Charleston Conference 2015 (Infodocket)

Citing Right To Privacy, New Hampshire Library Offers Untraceable Web Browsing (Vermont Public Radio)


Creative Commons Toolkit for Business (Creative Commons)


Law librarians come through to archive NY’s regulatory history (Buffalo Law Journal)

Reference and Statistics:

Suicide Attack Database (CPOST)

Reference: Lists and Rankings: Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress Index 2015 (Richest and Poorest Members) (Infodocket)

Looking for Open Data from a different country? Try the European Data portal (Europa)

2014 Hate Crime Statistics Summary (FBI)

Transportation and Health Tool (DOT)

Digital Collections:

Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts (Digital Commonwealth)

Australia: State Library makes public up to 70,000 never-seen photos of Melbourne and country Victoria (

UK: Royal College of Music Digitizes Musical Instruments (RCM)

Beautiful, Color Photographs of Paris Taken 100 Years Ago‚ÄĒat the Beginning of World War I & the End of La Belle √Čpoque (Open Culture)

Women’s Liberation Movement Print Culture (Duke)


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: More than half of Americans now watch Netflix

daily_links_1A few interesting links for today:

More than half of Americans now watch Netflix (Quartz) РDoes any one find this surprising?

Following The Launch Of Its Ad-Free Tier, Hulu Breaks Into The Top 10 Apps By Revenue (Techcrunch) РComing from someone who has tried it, I can tell you this is no surprise. Ad-free Hulu is addictive.

Why ‚ÄėCool‚Äô Is Still Cool (NYT) – The popularity and longevity of slang….

Privacy Not Included: Federal Law Lags Behind New Tech (ProPublica) – From a privacy perspective, this is a really disturbing read. If you thought that HIPPA covered it all, this is a big surprise!

Readbug Wants To Be Spotify For Indie Magazines (Techcrunch) – Not so sure about this one….

Looking for a tablet for the kiddies? As part of Black Friday Deals Week, you can get $15 off the 7″ Fire Kids Edition.¬†It is priced at #84.99 until November 30, 2015 and includes the 7″ Fire, a kid-proof case and 1 year of Kindle Free Time.

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.

E-Ink Kindles on sale now

paperwhite_newAs part of their Black Friday Deals week, Amazon has lowered prices on the basic Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle,

The basic touch Kindle,  normally $79.99, is only $49.99. This is $30 off the regular price.

The Kindle Paperwhite, normally, $119.99, is selling for $99.99. This is $20 off the regular price.

The Kindle for Kids Bundle, normally $99 is selling for $$69.99. The bundle includes the basic Kindle (without ads), a kid-friendly cover and a two year Square Trade warranty.

Special Black Friday pricing on the Kindles is good through November 30, 2015.

While not on sale, the more expensive  Voyage e-reader  is not on sale, but is available in as part of a special Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle. That bundle includes a charger and leather cover for $249.97.

BTW, I am a huge advocate of using cases covers for Kindles to protect your investment. I have three cats and a dog. My Kindles have been dropped, knocked on the floor and pounced upon by my pets and they are all still safe and sound. You can find a cover¬†for the basic Kindle for as little as $8.99. ūüôā


More 2015 Fire 7 Covers and Cases

fire_7_casesWhen the new Fire 7 came out, I did this post on the available covers. These are for the 2015, 5th generation model. There were only a few styles available when the device first came out. We are now starting to see more cases and covers on the market. Since Amazon has announced that they will be selling the $50 device for only $35 as one of its Black Friday deals, I thought I would do another round-up post on some more of the new covers.

Swees¬ģ Ultra Slim PU Leather Case Cover¬†– Magnetic case cover, flip stand, precise cut-outs. Prices start at $4.99.

MoKo Fire 7 2015 Case Р Has built in flip stand,  magnetic closure and stylus loop and interior hand strap. Prices start at $9.99 for black; other colors and designs available at various pricing.

Fintie Fire 7 2015 Slim Shell Case¬†¬†–¬†This is a one piece clip-on¬†case with flip capability. Prices start at¬†$9.99 for black; other colors and designs available at various pricing.

i-UniK Fire 7″ case¬†–¬†Custom fit, magnetic closure, dual angles servce as kickstand, bonus¬†stylus pen, hand strap. Multiple colors and designs. Prices start at $9.99.

ACdream (TM) Ultra Slim Premium PU Leather Cover Case РClip on, standing case. Multiple colors and designs. Prices start at $10.99.

Fire 7 Case, SUPCASE [Heavy Duty] Case¬†¬†–¬†Snap-On design. Polycarbonate hard shell with built in screen protector. Multiple colors. Prices start at $22.99

MoKo Fire 7 2015 Case РKids Shock Proof Convertible Handle  РImpact-resistant polycarbonate with a handle that converts to a stand. Multiple colors. Priced at $19.99.

We are also starting to see more covers on third-party sites such as eBay. I personally like 360 degree cases for tablets and there are some wild design on there!¬†And for fellow Roocase¬†lovers, there’s nothing directly from Amazon right now…. Stay tuned for more. ūüôā

Morgue Drawer Four mystery series on sale

morgueIf you like to read mysteries and crime novels in general and translated titles in particular, you may enjoy today’s Kindle Daily Deal. Amazon is offer all five English translations of German author Jutta Profjit’s¬†Morgue Drawer Series ¬†for just $1.99 each. ¬†In the opener, Pasha, the ghost of a small time car thief, inhabits Morgue Drawer Four with his body. Rather than move on into the afterlife, he is determined to solve his own murder. To do so, he¬†joins forces with the only human who can hear him, Cologne’s¬†uptight coroner, Dr. Martin G√§nsewein.

The¬†book was shortlisted for the Friedrich Glauser Prize, the highest crime novel prize in Germany.¬†The series is part of the AmazonCrossing imprint which specializes in translated titles. That means this one is an Amazon exclusive.. All five books are translated by the same translator, ¬†Erik J. Macki, who, I thought, does a great job with this series. It is very readable, but still retains it sense of German identity. ūüôā

One of my goals over the last two years has been to read more translated works. This series is one of my personal favorites. What about you? Do you like to read translated works?

Daily Links: Newsonomics – Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news?

daily_links_1Newsonomics: Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news? (Nieman Lab) – Paywalls in general and paying for local news in particular are thorny issues. Is this approach a bit of a shakedown?

Mattel View Master is a blast from the past (Gear Diary) – Okay, who can resist this one? Probably not the nostalgic grownups….

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History (ReCode) – Has it really been that long?

Could the Hunger Games turn your teen into a revolutionary? (The Conversation) – Isn’t it interesting the reaction that dystopian lit gets from many parents?

And my Kindle book find of the day is the unusual vampire novel ¬†Let the Right One In¬†by¬†John Ajvide Lindqvist. Lindqvist has been referred to as “the Swedish Stephen King” and¬†this one is a gem! The original Swedish film is highly recommended as well.

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.