Daily Links and Deals: Amazon’s Launching Pickup Locations, but Where Are Its Consumer Bookstores?

daily_links_1Not so long ago, we heard that Amazon was going to be opening all these new bookstores. While we are hearing about the pickup locations, where are all the new stores for consumers? Also, a look at the restrictions in Sprint and T-Mobile’s new unlimited plans, how Netflix is forcing users to search for content on its own apps, a changing of the guard (sort of) for the internet’s nameservers and a fun site that lets you search for photos by drawing bad pictures. In deals, a Vizio soundbar and continued deals on Kindles, Fires and Alexa enabled devices.

Daily Links for Friday, August 19, 2016:

Netflix moved cord cutting forward; it’s also holding it back (TechHive) Is Netflix shooting itself in the foot by keeping its content out of cross-platform streaming searches?

In 44 days the US will no longer oversee the internet’s naming system (Quartz) The US will no longer have control over this key piece of internet infrastucture.

T-Mobile and Sprint’s new unlimited plans have some nasty fine print (The Verge) Don’t jump for joy just yet… there are restrictions with those new plans. If you watch video or tether your phone, these may impact you.

This site lets you search for photos by drawing bad pictures – and it’s really fun (The Next Web) Yes, this is kind of fun!

Amazon’s Launching Pickup Locations, but Where Are Its Consumer Bookstores? (Publishers Weekly) Why aren’t we seeing all those new bookstores from Amazon yet?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The New Neighbor: A Novel by Leah Stewart.

In Today’s Deals, a VIZIO SB2920-C6 29-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar (Certified Refurbished).

Continuing for a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and theCertified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150. You can also get $20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan. The Romance Daily Find is The Prophet by Amanda Stevens.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is One with You A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day. The Extra Daily Deal is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan.

Also at the Kobo store, get 50% off select titles with a coupon code.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Supergods by Grant Morrison.

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: Who will get your iTunes when you die?

daily_links_1Most of us invest a lot of money in our digital music and book collections, but what happens to them when we die? Also, a look at what we read in preparation for going back to school, a deal that will bring Netflix to your hotel room and ideas for reusing an old tablet. In deals, an unlocked phone from Nextbit, savings on PC accessories and deals on Kindles, Fires and Alexa-enabled devices.

Daily Links for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

What the US is reading in nervous preparation for the first day of school (Quartz) An interesting look at back to school prep through the eyes of Amazon’s bestseller list.

Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its service in hotels (Engadget) Providing this is secure, this would be absolutely fantastic for travelers!

How to reuse an old tablet (PC Advisor) Here are some great ideas to get more use of some of your old tech.

Who will get your iTunes when you die? (Market Watch) This is an issue that we will see coming up more and more. Now we have to think of “Digital Estate Planning” for the hereafter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby.

In Today’s Deals, a Nextbit Robin Factory Unlocked Phone – Midnight (U.S. Warranty). Also, savings on select PC components and accessories.

For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150. You can also get $20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find has three books by paranormal expert Teresa Cheung. The Romance Daily Find is Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel by Chrissie Manby.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta. The Extra Daily Deal is The Elfrida Goto Trilogy (Sol System Renegades Books 1-3) by Felix R. Savage.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

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

Kobo announces Kobo Aura One and revamped Aura Edition 2

Kobo_aura_oneA couple of weeks ago, we got the confirmation that Kobo planned to be releasing a new e-reader in mid-August. Today, Kobo announce not only one, but two new e-readers for their line up.

The big news is the announcement of the Kobo Aura One. The device has 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.

One of the most interesting features promised for the new device is the direct integration of OverDrive library software with the Kobo store. OverDrive is owned by Rakuten, Kobo’s parent company and will be available for use in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The simplification of of library borrowing is a big, big plus in favor of this device.

There are already a few early reviews on the tech sites:

The Kobo Aura One will be available for pre-order on August 30, 2016 for $229.99. It will be available in the US on September 6, 2016.Specs and more info on the product page here.

Also announced today was the Kobo Aura Edition 2  The device has a 212 ppi 6″ Carta E Ink screen and seems to be a newer version of the Aura HD. You can see the specs here. The Aura Edition 2 will retail for $119.99 and will also be available for pre-order on August 30, 2016.

Anybody else excited to see how the OverDrive integration works and if it is coming to the other Kobo devices? That’s the feature I’m the most interested in. How about you?

Daily Links and Deals: Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone

daily_links_1Today, a look at your actual legal rights regarding rooting and jailbreaking your phone (as opposed to what manufacturers may tell you). Also, Barnes and Noble fires its CEO, there are new Hogwarts stories coming from J.K. Rowling, and author Philippa Gregory wants accuracy in films made from her books. In deals, savings on Vizio TVs, laptops and back to school bargains on Kindle and Fire device.

Daily Links for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward (Ars Technica) Although it is being allowed to continue, this case has a lot of hurdles to clear in order to succeed.

Barnes & Noble drops its CEO after deeming him ‘not a good fit’ (Techcrunch) Sigh. They might try looking for someone who has actually sold books or worked in the industry….

J.K. Rowling to publish new ‘Stories from Hogwarts’ in 3 eBooks this September (Hypable) Wasn’t the play supposed to be the final bit in the series?

Philippa Gregory insists on ‘fact clause’ in film contracts (The Bookseller) Given filmmakers’ tendencies to put drama over actual facts, this should be interesting.

Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone (Motherboard) Do you know what your legal rights are concerning your phone. This suggests that a lot of people don’t.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel by Robert Crais.

In Today’s DealsVIZIO 1080p Smart LED TV (various sizes), an ASUS ZenBook Pro Signature Edition Laptop (Certified Refurbished) and a Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished) – Corded.

In other deals, back to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and$20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore. The Romance Daily Find is The Asset
by Anna del Mar.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Whites A Novel by Richard Price, Harry Brandt. The Extra Daily Deal is Something in the House
A Supernatural Mystery by D. L. Lewis.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes With or Without You by Domenica Ruta.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals ebooks at up to 75% off.

(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.

Scottish mystery titles on sale

rebusThere are a number of Scottish mystery series titles on sale today with prices starting at 99 cents. This are great for fans of Ian Rankin’s Rebus and Val McDermid’s books.

You can get a bundle of the first 18 Rebus books for $59.99. (That’s an average of $3.33 per book. Most of the Rebus books are priced at $9.99 or more each.)

From the Hamish Macbeth Mysteries by M.C. Beaton:

From Quintin Jardine’s Bob Skinner Mysteries:

I bet none of you could tell that I am a huge fan  of mysteries, right? 🙂

Daily Links and Deals: Lots Of Newspapers Discovering That Paywalls Don’t Work

daily_links_1Today, a look why paywalls aren’t working for newspapers. Also, Google is ditching Hangouts in favor of You Tube Live and launching a Facetime alternative and two articles on how the numbers for cable subscribers and library users in the UK are falling. In deals, luggage and backpack deals and continued back to school deals on Kindles and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

Lots Of Newspapers Discovering That Paywalls Don’t Work (Techdirt) Any more, people read articles, they don’t read magazines and newspapers in the same way they used to….

Google is ditching ‘Hangouts On Air’ in favor of YouTube Live (The Next Web) The end is coming fast.

Every major cable TV company lost subscribers last quarter (Ars Technica) ISPs, however, are doing just fine. Cord-cutters still need the internet.

Google launches Duo, its cross-platform answer to FaceTime, for Android and iOS (PC World) Let’s see if this app can take on Facetime and Skype.

Adult library usage falls ‘significantly’ across all groups (The Bookseller) It is very likely that the catastrophic number of library closings in the UK is affecting this number.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Tidewater Inn (The Hope Beach Series Book 1) by Colleen Coble.

In Today’s Deals, up to 60% off luggage and backpacks and deals on iOttie car mount phone holders.

Back to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and $20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE),  the Fire HD 6 Tablet and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by Theresa Brown.       The Romance Daily Find is Unleashed by Rachel Lacey.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. The Extra Daily Deal is Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight The Negative Calorie Effect by Neal Barnard, M.D.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Marley & Me by John Grogan.

Google Books has a Sensational Sci-Fi Sale, a selection of SF books under $4.

(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.

Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries on sale

caterstFirst six books in Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series are on sale for $1.99 each today at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Google Play Books.

The titles on sale are:

The bestselling series is set in Victorian London. There are currently thirty-one books in the series.