Daily Links and Deals: Only 3% of fiction in English is translated, and Amazon is on a mission to change that

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 15, 2016:

Amazon rolls out Home Services in 20 new markets (Zd Net) Amazon’s version of Angie’s List is expanding.

Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds more diverse playlist recommendations (PC World) It’s more than just looks. Improved recommendations are the real news here.

Only 3% of fiction in English is translated, and Amazon is on a mission to change that (Quartz) The Amazon Crossing imprint leads the pack for works in translation.

WhatsApp unveils video calls, Skype pops open guest accounts (Ars Technica) Videos calling seems to be the gold standard at this point.

Amazon launches writing competition to reinvent Twas Night Before Christmas (The Bookseller) Amazon.co.uk is holdng a contest for a new version of an old classic.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 50% off select PC storage and networking products.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a trio of killer thrillers by award-winning author Nichole Christoff. The Romance Daily Find is Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Driving Heat (Nikki Heat Book 7) by Richard Castle. The Extra Daily Deal is Tony and Susan by Austin Wright (This is the novel that inspired the new movie NOCTURNAL ANIMALS).

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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 still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Silent Enemy by Tom Young.

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.