Daily Links and Deals: 10 of our favorite quotes from children’s books that offer great life advice

daily_links_1Happy Star Wars Day! Today,  we have life advice from our childhood books, a Middle-earth map annotated by Tolkien himself, big cord-cutting news and more. In Deals, Lots of Star Wars-themed items for May the 4th and continuing sales on e-readers and tablets for Mother’s Day.

Daily Links for Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

Bodliean Libraries acquires rare map of Middle-earth annotated by Tolkien (Oxford) Here be dragons! There are no words for how cool this is!

10 of our favorite quotes from children’s books that offer great life advice (Overdrive) See, these were our childhood favorites for a reason. 🙂 Inspiring!

Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017 (Techcrunch) Most of the people I know watch TV on Hulu anyway since the no-commercials plan. This would make it very convenient.

Adblock Plus will help users pay publishers and keep a cut for itself (Ars Technica) Is this a solution to the website revenue problem? We will see.

YouTube is reportedly building a streaming cable service called Unplugged (The Verge) Not just Hulu, but YouTubes is also getting into the game.

Vine releases its first ever desktop app for Windows 10 (The Next Web) Not a fan of Windows 10 but seeing Vine available for the desktop is exciting!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government by David Talbot

In Today’s Deals, a Nixplay Edge 8-Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame with Hi-Res Display. There are also lots of StarWars goodies sprinkled in the lightning deals.

Mother’s Day is less than a week away! Amazon has some great deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets:

First, in e-ink Kindles, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle. 

There are several promotions on Fire tablets. The 7″ Fire (normally $49.99) is only still only $39.99. Amazon is also offering savings on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions) and the Fire HD 10 is $50 off for a limited time. There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

And, yes, I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars by Glenn Kenny for $$2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles Series #1) by Juliet Dark for $1.99.

Other Star Wars Day promotions at Barnes and Noble: May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars Day Star Wars Collection sale and  Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack (a B & N exclusive until May 20). You can also pre-order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Soundtrack and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Laser-Etched Edition! See the site for details and release dates.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt for $2.99. An extra daily deal is Afterburn: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller: Next (Book 1) by Scott Nicholson for 99 cents.

And, you can still get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included but I am not sure about a Mother’s Day delivery at this point, although they are still advertising it as a Mother’s Day sale.:)

The Kobo has a monthly special 3 for 2 deal features books by  Grace Burrowes. The special runs the entire month of May.:)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon for $3.99.

(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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Writers, agents help cats in Pens for Paws auctions

pensforpawsI just realized that the annual Pens for Paws auction has already started!

If you are not familiar with Pens for Paws, it is online auction that raises funds for Fat Kitty City. Fat Kitty is a no-kill,cage-free sanctuary for cats (and some dogs too) located in California. Items are donated by writers, artists and agents and publishers to support our four-legged friends.

The auction is managed by author Angelica R. Jackson, who is herself a volunteer at the sanctuary.

The types of items up for auction vary, but include query and manuscript critiques from authors and agents, ARCs, jewelry and hand-crafted items. Just a few things from among this year’s items:

  • Arcs selected by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary Agency
  • A  critique of your query, plus your first ten pages by Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra
  • Signed copies of books by Marie Lu
  • A watercolor portrait of your pet from a photo
  • A hand-crafted quilt

You can also make a donation to help support the sanctuary. Food and litter are an ongoing need!

You can find out more and see all the items up for bid at http://pensforpaws.blogspot.com.