Cases and Covers for the new Fire HD 8

fire_hd8_coverMy new Fire HD 8 is due to arrive on Wednesday and I haven’t bought a case for it yet. I prefer not to buy the Amazon cases, partly because of the cost (I like to change out cases). I had been checking the measurements of the 2015 devices and covers and comparing them to the new ones. The new Fire HD 8 is ever so slightly narrower and thinner, so I wasn’t sure the old cases would fit the new tablets.

Today, when I was looking at cases, Amazon flashed a warning on the product page that said “We want you to know: This product is not compatible with the All-New Fire HD 8 (2016 release). Explore compatible products.

Since we now know definitively that these 2015 model covers will NOT fit the new devices, for right now at least, the only covers available are by Amazon. The available Amazon cases are:

The Amazon covers will be available upon the Fire HD 8’s  release on September 21, 2016.

The good news is, there are other third party cases and covers on their way. Covers will soon be available from manufacturers like Fintie and MOKO. I have bought cases from both companies and been satisfied with them. Both offer decent quality budget cases that include Vegan leather options. Amazon currently has these cases available for pre-order, however, NONE OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR PRIME SHIPPING. The cases are showing availability dates starting September 22 and prices start at $4.99 plus shipping. In the past, Amazon has add these covers to its inventory (and Prime shipping) fairly quickly. All cases that will fit the new Fire HD 8 are marked “All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release)”.

If you happen to need a case for the older Fire HD 8, you must search for accessories marked “Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (Fire 8″ HD Display 5th Generation – 2015 release)” to make sure you get the right sized item.

Pictured case is the Fintie Folio Case for All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release), Slim Fit Premium Vegan Leather Standing Cover for Fire HD 8 Tablet (2016 6th Gen Only), Starry Night.

Daily Links and Deals: Old book, new look: why the classics are flying off the shelves

daily_links_1Today, repackaging classic literature is making money for publishers. Also, the new Audible Channels in a problem for Fire Tablet owners, a look at Creative Commons licenses, a 1909 cookbook for sandwiches and more. In deals, savings on TP networking products.

Daily Links for Monday, September 19. 2016:

Amazon’s new ‘Audible Channels’ Prime benefit is great — but it’s not available on Amazon tablets (Update: They’re working on it) (Geek Wire) This is frustrating and is a problem for people who share Prime benefits.

Old book, new look: why the classics are flying off the shelves (The Guardian) Repackaging old, public domain books makes money for publishers.

Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean? (Ars Technica) Commercial v. noncommercial use of CC licenses. Where’s the line of demarcation?

Has the EU just outlawed fully-loaded Kodi boxes? What’s in store for the box that is very, very popular with pirates?

400 Ways to Make a Sandwich: A 1909 Cookbook Full of Creative Recipes (Open Culture) A free cookbook from 1909 has some interesting sandwich variations.

Who needs cable? Broadcast TV makes a comeback (Talking New Media) Don’t write off over-the-air signals just yet. Live TV is still at play – at least for the time being.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 40% on select TP-Link networking products.

The all-new version of the Fire 8 HD tablet is available for pre-order. The tablet is $89.99 and will be released on September 21, 2016.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Is This Tomorrow: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt. The Romance Daily Find is Undone by Shannon Richard.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. The Extra Daily Deal is Five Quarters of the Orange A Novel by Joanne Harris.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes AT Dawn by John W. Mefford.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals, up to 75% off great 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.