You can now pre-order the Kobo Aura One and Aura

Kobo_aura_oneTwo weeks ago, I wrote about the details on Kobo’s two upcoming  e-readers, the Kobo Aura One and the Aura Edition 2. Both e-readers are now available for pre-order at the Kobo store.

The Kobo Aura One features a 300 ppi 7.8″ Carta E Ink screen with 8GB of memory. It has an enhanced IPX8 rating making it waterproof for up to 60 minutes in two meters of water. It also features a lighting system called ComfortLight PRO which allows for adjustment of the front-lighting and includes an orange nighttime reading light to cut down on blue light emissions which can interfere with sleep. It also directly integrates OverDrive library software with the Kobo store.

The Aura One retails for $229.99 and includes free shipping for pre-orders.

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 has a 212 ppi 6″ Carta E Ink screen, 4GB of memory and ComfortLight adjustable front-lighting (without the orange nighttime reading light). The e-reader seems to be a newer version of the Aura HD.

The Aura Edition 2 will retail for $119.99 and includes free shipping for pre-orders.

I am very interested in the Aura One because of the Overdrive library integration, although I really don’t want a bigger e-reader. I am going to watch this one to see what the reviews are like once the Overdrive component goes live.

What about you? Are you interested in either of new Kob e-readers? If you get one, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Daily Links and Deals: Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

daily_links_1Today, an article that asks if consumer tech products are meeting the needs of baby boomers. Also, some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are exploding and it looks like the end of the line for Google’s Nexus. In deals, a Samsung Virtual Reality headset.

Daily Links for day, August 31, 2016:

The end of Nexus: This year’s Google phones to forge new path (Android Central) It seems that this is the end of the line for the Nexus branding.

Sling used to say it wasn’t promoting cord cutting. Now it’s running cord-cutting ads. (Recode) This showcases both a change in strategy for the company and the always delightful Danny Trejo.

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers? (Recode) An interesting look at the particular tech needs of this age group.

Samsung halting some Galaxy Note 7 shipments following multiple user device explosions (9 to 5 Google) Um, you might want to hold off on upgrading for a bit…. Especially as there are stories about the phones mysteriously cracking inside bags.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Epic: Legends of Fantasy (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) edited by John Joseph Adams. With contributions from George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

In Today’s Deals, the Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is your choice of three history books for $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins. The Extra Daily Deal is Friends With Benefits Box Set (Books 1-3) (Friends With Benefits Series) by Luke Young.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Show Dog by Josh Dean.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online

daily_links_1Today, a collection of free children’s books online. Also, what happens when you lend someone your phone and they break it? You can get free books and WiFi on the NY subway and the FCC decides not to appeal the municipal broadband ruling.

Daily Links for Tuesday, August 30, 2016:

The etiquette of breaking someone’s phone, and having your phone broken (The Next Web) Food for thought here. How do you deal with this?

Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online (Open Culture) Many of the free books we find are not appropriate for children. Most of these are read online, not downloadable.

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute (Tech Crunch) I say “meh.” While the short reads might be nice, extended excerpts are just samples under another name.

FCC admits defeat in municipal broadband, won’t appeal court loss (Ars Technica) It is over for now, although the FCC is not ruling out other options. This is disappointing.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Fallen: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller (Cassidy & Spenser Thrillers Book 2) by Carey Baldwin.

In Today’s Deals, a Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (I have these; they are great!).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris. The Romance Daily Find is One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles Book 1) by Jeffrey Archer. The Extra Daily Deal is Summer Island by Kristin Hannah. There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Passage by Justin Cronin.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers

daily_links_1Today, an article that expresses the view that using an ad blocker is like using sunblock–it’s an act of self protection. Also, an app that will cancel subscriptions for you, a look a online streaming(again), upcoming changes to the Apple ecosystem and more. In deals, a 55 inch OLED TV by LG.

Daily Links for day, August 29, 2016:

It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers (Project VRM) Publishers are missing the point, People do not want to be targeted and stalked across websites. This is a privacy issue.

These Apps Can Help You Finally Cancel That Subscription You Keep Forgetting (Motherboard) Let’s be honest: we’ve probably all done this at one time or another.

On-demand music streaming has won (Recode) Labels may complain in public about streaming, but others says that they are making more than enough money to make up for the losses.

Don’t buy anything Apple-related right now (everything is changing) (The Next Web) Apples upcoming change to USB-C may change everything. September and the actual announcements are just around the corner.

Library of Congress might become a piracy hub, RIAA says (Torrent Freak) If the proposed change proceeds, “the RIAA urges it to consult the record labels to make sure that state of the art technological protection measures are deployed to secure their work.” So the RIAA want the government to consult them first? Can you say entitlement?

9 Stages Of Being Obsessed With A Romance Novel Series (Bustle) LOL! This is so true (and also happens with mysteries, sci-fi series, etc.).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi.

In Today’s Deals, a LG Electronics 55-Inch 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV.   Also, you can get a the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Thin Black Line: A Mike Walton Thriller by Simon Gervais. The Romance Daily Find is Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3) by Jennifer Ryan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sam Prichard Series – Books 1-4 by David Archer.  The Extra Daily Deal is Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels Book 2) by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Kill Order by James Dashner.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(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.

Sunday Daily Deals: Top Kindle Deals of 2016 sale

last_coyoteDeals of the Day for Sunday, August 28, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features the Top Kindle deals of 2016.  There are 49 books with prices starting at $1.99. Titles include works by Neil Gaiman, Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, I Am Malala, Andy Weir’s The Martian, a selection of Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly and more….

In Today’s DealsGaiam Balance Ball Chairs and save up to 30% off Graco products, including strollers, car seats and more.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle. The Romance Daily Find is The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. The Extra Daily Deal is Running with Scissors A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.

Saturday Daily Deals: A Desperate Fortune

desparate_fortuneDeals of the Day for Saturday, August 27, 2016: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley.

In Today’s Deals, a Kwikset 99130-002 SmartCode 913 UL Electronic Deadbolt lock. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. The Romance Daily Find is Girls’ Poker Night: A Novel of High Stakes by Jill A. Davis.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Firm A Novel by John Grisham. The Extra Daily Deal is 300 Days of Sun A Novel by Deborah Lawrenson.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene.

Google Books has a selection of Science Fiction & Fantasy reads.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel?

daily_links_1Today, a look at using Google Translate on something as complex as a novel. Also, some Kindle users are having an issue with Windows 10, Scribd has made some changes to address discovery issues and we’re still talking about that monkey selfie. In deals, Amazon is offering significant savings on household products.

Daily Links for day, August 26, 2016:

Some Kindle users reporting Windows 10 Anniversary compatibility issues (ZD Net) Windows 10 has managed to break yet something else.

Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to talk about and lust after cars (The Next Web) But Amazon’s not selling cars – just an awful lot of of parts and accessories.

Google now lets you play ‘Solitaire’ in search results (Mashable) And you can play Tic-Tac-Toe… Forget getting any work done.

If a monkey snaps a selfie, does it own the rights to its own photograph? (Quartz) Yes, we are still talking about that picture.

Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel? (Publisher’s Weekly) We probably have a lot of misconceptions about how Google Translate works, a fact that highlighted when you try to translate a novel.

Scribd Introduces New Discovery Experience (Scribd.Literally) Since these changes are mostly about curated content, I’m underwhelmed, but YMMV.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a large assortment of household products and cleaning supplies. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) by John W. Mefford. The Romance Daily Find is Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Extra Daily Deal is Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Time for School, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’

daily_links_1Today, a story about a new initiative to bring books to prisoners in London jails. Also, Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund, citizens are asked to open their WiFi to help with the earthquake rescue in Italy and more. Today’s deals include a Lenovo laptop and deals on Daredevil comics.

Daily Links for day, August 25, 2016:

Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world (Techcrunch) Amazon’s initiative allows schools and 501(c)(3) organizations to make donation requests.

Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords (Engadget) To facilitate rescue efforts, people are being asked to open up their WiFi networks for allow aid workers and people needing help to use online services to communicate.

A book purge has reawakened a love of books (The Lima News) A book purge using the “spark joy” method from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up had a surprising result.

Smashwords Alerts Notifies Readers of New Releases from Favorite Authors (Smashwords) This new feature makes it easier to keep track of new works by your faves.

London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’ (The Bookseller) Last year, there as a plan floated to deny prisoners books. Now they plan to give them away instead.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes several Daredevil Comics collections.

In Today’s Deals, a Lenovo Thinkpad T460 14″ Laptop, a Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum (Certified Refurbished), and a Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. The Romance Daily Find is Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy Series #1) by Stephanie Tyler.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dream Man by Linda Howard. The Extra Daily Deal is Game Theory: A Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller by Colleen Cross.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Isn’t this a great title? 🙂

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(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.

Joan Hess cozy mysteries

caveatemptorThere’s a special sale today on mysteries by Joan Hess. She is know for writing cozy mysteries with a twist of humor. Select Open Road Media titles are available today for $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes. Most of the titles on sale are either from the Maggody, Arkansas (Arly Hanks) series or are books written under the name Joan Hadley.

Titles available:

Have you read these?

 

Daily Links and Deals: The Unacknowledged Obstacle of Literary Sleepiness

daily_links_1Today, a writer looks at the problem of sleepiness when reading. Also a new update will make the Prisma photo app faster to use, the touch problem with the Apple iPhone 6 models, and why Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is so hard to sign up for. In deals, a VOIP phone system by Ooma.

Daily Links for day, August 24, 2016:

The Unacknowledged Obstacle of Literary Sleepiness (Read it Forward) Interesting thought piece on reading: why we make excuses for not doing it, especially the problem of staying awake long enough to actually get reading done.

Prisma adds offline image processing to iOS app (The Verge) The only thing I disliked about Prisma was the way processing would stall if the cloud was busy. This will be a welcome change.

Apple still isn’t acknowledging its growing ‘touch disease’ problem (The Next Web) It seems that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have a problem with their devices and Apple’s not helping.

Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is shockingly difficult to sign up for (Ars Technica) You can get a better deal from Comcast in cities where it completes with Google Fiber. But what do you do when customer services says they know nothing about the offer?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

In Today’s Deals, an Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service with HD2 Handset.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl in the Ice by Lotte Hammer, Søren Hammer.  The Romance Daily Find is Illusions of Love: A Novel by Cynthia Freeman.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is This Calder Sky by Janet Dailey. The Extra Daily Deal is The Sweet Taste of Sin (The Fontaines Book 1) by Ember Casey.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes In the Land of Second Chances by George Shaffner.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.