Daily Links and Deals: A Guide to Binging Digital Comics

daily_links_1In today’s stories, tips on your digital comic reading choices, Amazon is on the hook for kid’s in-app purchased, implications of the Google and Android limitations and more. In deals, savings on anSD card, Mother’s day Kindles, Fires and a new , later, ship date for Oasis orders.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

A Guide to Binging Digital Comics (Inverse) An article on navigating the choices when it comes to reading digital comics.

The Cover of George Orwell’s 1984 Becomes Less Censored with Wear and Tear (Open Culture)  This is a delightful story about how the physical copy of this book changes with time.

Federal Judge Rules Amazon Must Refund Parents Duped By In-App Purchases (Gizmodo) No surprises here after the same thing happened to Google and Apple.

What everyone’s missing about Google Play and Chrome OS (Computer World) Cross platform integration and how that ties into Google’s long-term plans.

Len Riggio, Barnes & Noble Founder, Announces Retirement (Publisher’s Weekly) It is truly the end of an era.

Text-to-Speech Voice Found on the Kindle Oasis (The Digital Reader) This could make the Oasis a whole new e-reader with the right update.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Lie In Wait by Eric Rickstad for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, there’s savings on a SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and theKindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. The Oasis is now scheduled for a June 1, 2016 delivery date.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Understanding Stocks 2E by Michael Sincere for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom Series #1) by Sarah Sundin for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Broken Window:  A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sing It To Her Bones by Marcia Talley 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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3rd Party cover for Kindle Oasis coming in May – without a battery

fintie_oasisWell, that answers at least a part of the question about whether or not Amazon would allow third-party covers for the Kindle Oasis. A non-Amazon cover, the Fintie Kindle Oasis Case, is going to be available in May. Spotted on Amazon, the cover is made by Fintie, a company that makes quite a few covers for Amazon Kindles and Fire tablets. 

Going by the description and the pictures, it seems that the cover does not have the battery and charging capabilities of the OEM Amazon Kindle Oasis cover. While this cover certainly provides more color choices and variety as well as an alternative cover design, especially for vegans who don’t want leather, it will not extend the battery life of the device like the Amazon cover.

From the description:

Protect your New Kindle Oasis with this Fintie Smartshell Case at all times! The Fintie Smartshell Case sports a simple and classy design. The back shell is made from durable polycarbonate material so you do not need to worry about any damages. It offers an easy clip-on application. The cover is designed to fold back, so you can read comfortably with just one hand. Our innovative cover was designed to specifically fit your Kindle Oasis and secures your device without any hinges or straps. Thin, lightweight, and durable, this cover is perfect for taking Kindle Oasis wherever you go.

The cover comes in a variety of colors and designs and has a wake to sleep magnetic clasp built into the cover. The cover is sold and shipped directly from Fintie and will be available May 18, 2016. Cover prices start at $5.99 plus shipping (It’s not Prime Eligible).

What do you think? Are we going to see battery cases from other vendors?