Daily Links and Deals: Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, February 23, 2016:

Plagiarism Comes to a Tech Blog… (Plagiarism Today) – Disturbing. Especially when it is a blog you read every day and depend on for industry news in your field.

American Sniper is the next Big Library Read (Overdrive) – Unlimited copies, coming to libraries that use Overdrive.

Facebook extends the Like button to offer five new ways to respond to a post (9 to 5 Google) –  You get 5 more responses, but dislike isn’t one of them.

Inside Axel Springer’s answer to Facebook’s Instant Articles (Digiday) – And here I am, still trying to get Flipboard off my phone….

Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop (CNET) – Now we have to worry about mousejacking, too!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Immortal Guardians (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 1) by Eliot Schrefer for $2.99. The panda on the cover is cute!

Also, in Today’s Deals, Amazon has a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 2-in-1 Convertible offered through Woot. The device has an 11.6-inch IPS Touchscreen Laptop(Tablet), Intel Quad Core Processor, 4GB DDR3L, 128GB SSD, HDMI, Bluetooth, Webcam, AC Wifi,  and Windows 10 Professional for $269.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is ‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Captive by Brighton Walsh for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mariana by Susanna Kearsley for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes An Appetite for Murder (A Key West Food Critic Mystery)   by Lucy Burdette for $1.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: The Unruly Pleasures of the Mid-Manhattan Library

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 23, 2016:

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies (Pew Research Center) – Interesting distinction between mobile devices and smartphones.

Here’s what the ‘i’ in iPhone means (Mashable) – I always thought it was for interactive…. 🙂

UCLA Library releases audio of rare Harper Lee radio interview (UCLA) –  A rare 1964 interview from the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Remix OS enters beta, adds support for 32-bit processors, OTA updates, dual-booting, more (9 to 5 Google) –  Another OS designed to support older computers.

The Unruly Pleasures of the Mid-Manhattan Library (The New Yorker) – Delightfully ambient piece on New York Library branches.

And two stories from the NYT that showcase the digital divide: Bridging a Digital Divide That Keeps Schoolchildren Behind and Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (The Scarpetta Series Book 23) by Patricia Cornwell for $3.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Deadly Stakes (Ali Reynolds Series #8) by J. A. Jance for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, February 22, 2016:

Google will start linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages on Feb 24, Buzzfeed, WSJ readying sites (9 to 5 Google) – Will faster pages make you want to use the mobile web more?

Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway (Infodocket) – Yes, an entire week of events dedicated to fair use.

How Germany’s Gruner + Jahr is winning the fight against ad blocking (Digiday) – Why is it always desktop content that get’s blocked?

The Ad Blocking Wars (NYT) – This is definitely heating up….

Eleven Wants to Bring Back Adverts in Books (The Digital Reader) – *Shudders* Let’s just not even go there….

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel Book 1) by Jeaniene Frost for 99 cents and The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro for $1.99.

Once again, Amazon is offering the Fire HD 8 in an unannounced sale. You can get the 8GB version for $79.99 or the 16GB version for $99.99. This is been offered several times this week for only a few hours at a time, so I recommend getting it now if interested.  The 7′ Fire Kids Edition is also only $99.99 and you can $50 off if buy two with the code KIDS2PACK. You can see all the Fire tablets here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Blood and Steel: Throne of the Caesars: Book II by Harry Sidebottom for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Accelerate: A Hotwired Novel by Tracy Wolff for $3.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mangrove Island box set (books 1-3) by Neve Cottrell for $2.99.

Today is also the last day of Kobo’s Super Sale. You can get up to  70% off select titles hat are also eligible for Kobo’s Super Points program.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Why Zelda Was so Revolutionary When It Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, February 21, 2016:

13 Free Things on the Internet You Should Be Using (Time) – Free ebooks, audiobooks, courses, cloud storage and more.You probably know most of these, but it is a great list. 🙂

Reading sacred texts on screens, not paper: Does it matter? (Baptist News) –  This is an E versus P conversation that I don’t think I’ve ever heard discussed before….

Which VPN Services take your Anonymity Seriously? 2016 Edition (Torrent Freak) – Nice round up of the privacy practices of VPNs.

Endless Mini review: A low-cost desktop that’s useful even without the Internet (CNET) –  The usefulness of this device without the Internet is its real strength.

Why Zelda Was so Revolutionary When It Came Out 30 Years Ago Today (Motherboard) – Happy Birthday, Zelda!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva  by Rosemary Sullivan for $1.99.

Amazon also has the Fire HD 8 for only $99.99.  (This is an unannounced sale with no end date/time listed, so it may disappear quickly.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Series #4) by David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson for $4.99. This is the controversial series sequel that triggered a Viking curse by Larrson’s longtime partner. The Romance Daily Find is Lovers and Liars: A Novel by Sally Beauman for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes White Tiger: Dark Heavens Book One by Kylie Chan for 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Amazon Raises Free Shipping Threshold

amazon_pkg_smOnce again, Amazon.com has raised the amount of merchandise  you have to order to be eligible for free shipping. Formerly $35, you now have to purchase $49 worth of items to get the free shipping. For book orders  you only need $25 to get you order shipped for free. Once you hit the $25 mark for books, you can add other merchandise without worrying about the $49 threshold. When Amazon started offering free shipping, formerly called Super Saver Shipping, the purchase threshold was only $25.

There have been a lot of articles talking about future options for Amazon’s delivery woes, whether that is using delivery drones or hiring Uber-like drivers to deliver product. Pundits have clearly emphasized that logistics and delivery are problems Amazon needs to solve in order to move forward. It is difficult to say whether this latest change is meant to offset the damage shipping costs cause to the company’s bottom line or is designed to make Amazon Prime more attracted to customers who still haven’t tried it.

There’s no doubt this makes Amazon Prime a more attractive proposition. Prime members get free two day shipping and a host of other benefits such as vidoes, music, ebook loans for Kindle owners and free cloud photo storage.

I posted the link to this a few days ago, but it is probably even more relevant now. Here’s an article from CNET giving you 5 shipping tricks you can use to reach the threshold even if you don’t have Prime.

You can find more information about the new free shipping requirements here.

Note: Amazon UK raised its threshold last May to £10 for books and £20 for other items. Those requirements remain unchanged.

 

 

Daily Links and Deals: The Coolest Place in Jerusalem? It’s the Library

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 18, 2016:

NLA Makes Digital History Today (National Library of Australia) The NLA now collects copies of ebooks and websites to preserve Australia’s cultural history.

Museums Push to Get ‘Dark Data’ Into Light Through Digitization (Voice of America) – How *do* you digitize a fossil?

Revamped Google Contributor now starts at $6.99 to see fewer ads on the web (9 to 5 Google) – Who does this really help websites? Read this before you answer….

Chicago library housing historic collection of black literature in jeopardy (CLTV) – This has been neglected for way too long.

The Coolest Place in Jerusalem? It’s the Library (Tablet Magazine) This sounds like a wonderful spot to visit. Amazing.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals include TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 1) by Paul Levine for 99 cents.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Secret Laws of Attraction: The Effortless Way to Get the Relationship You Want  by Talane Miedaner for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Wedding Hoax by Heather Thurmeier 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Lover At Last, A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward for $1.99

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes City of Savages by Lee Kelly 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.