Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is almost here

hP_cursedThe wait is almost over for the latest Harry Potter book. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) will be released at midnight on July 31, 2016.

The book has caused quite a stir and excited fans even formed a “Muggle Mob”. Previous books in the series has special midnight releases at bookstores and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is no exception. You can look on publisher Scholastic Book’s website for locations of midnight parties. There is even a Harry Potter activity kit and party planner on the site.

Barnes and Noble has been heavily promoting the new book for months. There is a special event page on the website and select stores are hosting Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight parties. Prizes include a chance to win a set of Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints.

The still time to order Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two online. You can pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. Amazon is also featuring a special 8 book e-bundle that includes the first seven books plus Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The first seven Harry Potter books are also available to read for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Daily Links and Deals: 10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Kindle Master

daily_links_1Today, some tips to take using your Kindle to the next level. Also, SMS as a tool for two factor authentication may soon be a thing of the past, a look at the digital coupon divide and Nexus phones get spam caller notifications.

Daily Links for Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

Google & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication (9 to 5 Google) Mixed feelings on this one: Yes, 2FA has been hacked, but it also enables an immediate response to security threats.

Shoppers Using More Paper Coupons Than Digital Because It’s Simpler: No, Really (The Consumerist) I don’t get this. But then, I had to practically threaten a FTC complaint to stop them from delivering Red Plum so-called “magazine” to my house…

Google updates Nexus phones with spam call protection (Engadget) Want to know if that incoming call is spam? Google has you covered if you are running the right phone.

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Kindle Master (Gizmodo) Here are some tips for getting a bit more out of your Kindle.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Texas Tough (The Tylers of Texas) by Janet Dailey.

In Today’s Deals, savings on Whynter Portable Air Conditioners, 35% off athletic socks, Paint Shop Pro X8ECR4Kids furniture and Purell hand sanitizer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #18) by Joanne Fluke. The Romance Daily Find is The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Ice Twins A Novel by S.K. Tremayne. The Extra Daily Deal is Secrets of a Summer Night – Wallflowers (Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Barefoot in White by Roxanne St. Claire.

Google Books has a Hot Book Deals promotion.

(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.