Daily Links and Deals: Goodreads Debuts Kindle E-book Giveaways

daily_links_1In today’s links, Goodreads allows Kindle e-book giveaways – at a price. Also, a reported Gmail hack, a way to learn to code in bite-sized lessons and more. In deals, an Instant Pot a refurbed Dyson and and a last call for Mother’s Day e-readers and tablets.

Daily Links for Thursday, May 5, 2016:

The rise of a new era in the monetization of digital content (Techcrunch) An opinion piece looking towards the future of making money on the web.

SoloLearn Teaches Coding Basics In Bite-Sized Lessons Every Day (LifeHacker) Want to learn code but short on time? This may help.

Millions of Gmail accounts said to be impacted by data breach (Android Central) The comments seem to indicate that this  is not a new hack, but hackers checking for previously compromised passwords.

Google feeds its AI machines steamy romance novels to improve natural language processing (9 to 5 Google) So, “the romance novels were picked because they all tell essentially the same story, but with different words.”  *shakes head*

Goodreads Debuts Kindle E-book Giveaways (Publishers Weekly) As an e-only reader, this is good news. But the price aspect really discriminates against indie authors and small publishers. They need a better way to deal with this.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Shark Whisperer by Ellen Prager and Antonio Javier Caparo from the Tristan Hunt And The Sea Guardians series.

In Today’s Deals, an Instant Pot IP-LUX50 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 5Qt/900W, a Dyson V6 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum (Certified Refurbished) and the Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection on DVD.

Last call for Mother’s Day delivery on Kindles and Fire Tablets:  Almost out of time for delivery by Sunday. Amazon is still offering-ink Kindles at $20 off regular prices on 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 Nuns with Guns by Seth Kaufman for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Carolina Mist by Mariah Stewart for $1.99.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack  is a B & N exclusive until May 20. You can also pre-order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Soundtrack (vinyl) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Laser-Etched Edition!  (also vinyl)  See the site for details and release dates.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Raven Boys (Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater for $1.99. The extra Daily Deal is A Merry Wedding (Little Merry Mystery) by Audrey Claire for $1.99.

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 The Chill of the Night: A McCabe and Savage Thriller by James Hayman for $1.99.

Google has a Short Story Month collection at great prices. (This includes short stories and novellas)

(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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