Daily Links and Deals: Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, September 21,  2016:

Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix (Phoenix New Times) These sound like fun….

Disconnect is free for Samsung and iOS devices for the next seven days (The Next Web) This app blocks the trackers that slow your browser down and spy on you.

Netflix plans to make half of its content original programming (Ars Technica) I have mixed feeling about this because I enjoy the network series and movies that are on the service, but I have enjoyed most of the Netflix Originals I have watched. You can’t beat Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell.

In Today’s Deals, up to 30% off select computer products.

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 Still Life with Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #1) by P.B. Ryan. The Romance Daily Find is On the Scent (Psychic Detectives Series #1) by Angela Campbell (This was a fun read!)

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A Novel by Deborah Moggach. The Extra Daily Deal is His Diamond Queen by Lena Hart.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

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 Americana by Don DeLillo.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next

daily_links_1In today’s stories, there is a new Goolge Books recommendation engine. Also, Sainsbury’s is exiting the UK ebook market, HP is nixing third party refills on its printer cartridges and several stories on cable and the battle for Google Fiber In deals, a Hoover WindTunnel vacuum.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 20, 2016:

Nashville Council Member Admits AT&T & Comcast Wrote The Anti-Google Fiber Bill She Submitted (Techdirt) So who exactly do this lawmakers represent?

Cable lobby tries to make you forget that it represents cable companies (Ars Technica) NCTA no longer a “cable” group, now it’s the Internet & Television Association.

Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next (Techcrunch) Google Books is trying to be better than Amazon’s algorithm.

HP detonates its timebomb: printers stop accepting third party ink en masse (Boing Boing) This isn’t the first time that printing cartridge makers have gone after third party ink companies. But with copyright appearing on things like K-cups and tractors, this is getting a little scary.

Sainsbury’s exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo (Techcrunch) I am not sure where this leaves the former Barnes and Noble customers in the UK….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Gone to Soldiers: A Novel by Marge Piercy and Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time by Mark Schaefer and Stanford Smith.

In Today’s Deals, a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless Lightweight Corded Upright vacuum.

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 How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman. The Romance Daily Find is Rebel Princess by Evelyn Anthony.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Is This Tomorrow A Novel by Caroline Leavitt.  The Extra Daily Deal is Children of Fire (The Chaos Born Book 1) by Drew Karpyshyn.

Also, find select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

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 The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.

Google Books has a selection of 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.

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.

Sunday Daily Deals: Books made into TV and film, $1.99 and up

girl_giftsDeals of the Day for Sunday, September 18, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes books made into movies & TV shows for $1.99 and up. Titles by Nicholas Sparks, Phillip K. Dick, Michael Connelly and more…

In Today’s Deals, save up to 45% on select Mountain House Foods. Also, up to 70% off men’s and women’s fall jackets.

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 The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane. The Romance Daily Find is The Promise of an Angel (Heaven On Earth Series #1) by Ruth Reid.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The Extra Daily Deal is The Walking Dead: Rise of the (Governor The Walking Dead Series Book 1) by Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga.

Until September 26th, get select Nonfiction titles for 99 cents. 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 The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly.

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.

Saturday Daily Deals: Batman Day 2016! Comics and graphic novels

batman_endgameToday is Batman Day 2016! Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online retailers are offing deals on Batman Comics and graphic novels at discounted prices. Includes titles from the 1930s to the present. 🙂

Deals of the Day for Saturday, September 17 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes a large selection of Batman comics and graphic novels priced at up to 64% off.

In Today’s Deals, up to 30% off top hunting and survival 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 a selection of over a hundred Batman Comics. The Romance Daily Find is Stop at Nothing by Kate SeRine.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell. The Extra Daily Deal is All I Want by Jill Shalvis.

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 Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, September 16, 2016:

Two important stories on the Galaxy Note 7: The CPSC has finally made the device recall official and a how-to on finding out if your Galaxy Note 7 is safe using your phone’s IMEI.

Today Is International Read an Ebook Day (Digital Book World) You can share your #eBookLove today and get a chance to win a tablet from Overdrive!

7 finger-friendly keyboards for tablets and phones (Computer World) These are so helpful! I use the Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim and it makes life so much easier.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton.

In Today’s Deals, up to 55% off select Play-Doh toys.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin. The Romance Daily Find is Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Last Dickens A Novel by Matthew Pearl. The Extra Daily Deal is Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton.

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 The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan.

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.