Daily Links and Deals: Yes, audiobooks are real books

daily_links_1Today, a look at the stigma surrounding audiobooks and whether or not they are “real books”. Also, don’t try to fly with that Samsung Galaxy Note 7, driveway-plowing robots and how publishers plan to re-train consumers to pay for digital content. In deals, savings on SanDisk memory products and Sony Xperia phones.

Daily Links for Monday, October 17,  2016:

Yes, audiobooks are real books (Overdrive) Is it really “reading a book” if you listen to the audio version? Why is it that audiobooks have this stigma?

It is now a federal crime to bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane (The Verge) Offenders are subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation. And, for some of the consequences of that ban, here are some of the horror stories.

You can buy a robot to plow your driveway this winter (Recode) Here in the Midwest, there would definitely be a market for something like this….

Premium or Bust: Will customers pay for digital content? (Talking New Media) Warning: you are about to have your expectations “re-trained”.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 40% on select SanDisk memory products. Also, save up to 25% on select Sony Xperia unlocked smartphones.

The Echo inow available in white. 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 Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles Series #11) by Anne Rice. The Romance Daily Find is The Next Best Bride by Kelly Mcclymer.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tempting Dusty by Helen Hardt. The Extra Daily Deal is Skyborn by David Dalglish.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

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 October 19, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti.

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.

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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.

Daily Links and Deals: The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8

daily_links_1Today, an article that speculates on the reason the headphone jack is disappearing from the iPhone 7. Also, the war between Facebook and ad blockers is getting interesting, Microsoft backs down on cancelling Windows 7 support, Gooogle+ is no longer a requirement and archivists struggle with now obsolete formats to preserve the past. In deals, save on the Fire HD 6 and the HD 10.

Daily Links for Friday, August 12, 2016:

Ad blockers circumvent Facebook’s unblockable ads (PC World) And, to counter, now Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround (Techcrunch). This promises to be interesting, doesn’t it?

Microsoft relents on shorter Windows 7 support decree (Computer World) The tech giant is backing off ending support for older versions of the OS.

The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8 (Mashable) So maybe the headphone jack goes missing now so we can all vent our anger on this iteration of the iPhone, allowing the next one to prosper.

Archivists Grapple With Problems Of Preserving Recent Culture Held On Tape Cassettes And Floppy Drives (Techdirt) It used to be the case that all our records were on paper, That’s changed over the last 30 years and presents challenges for archivists and historians.

The Google Play Store is stripping away most tie-ins to Google+ (PC World) No, you are not going to need a Google+ account to use most services any more.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet is also on sale for $50 off.

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes  Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level by Ryan Levesque and Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Lost Treasures of R&B by Nelson George. The Romance Daily Find is Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad by Liz Langley.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert. The Extra Daily Deal is Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals’ books for 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.

Daily Links and Deals: Your checking account is probably easier to hack into than your email

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, March 1, 2016:

Hound Is a Digital Assistant That’s Smarter Than Siri, Google Now and Cortana (ReCode) – The new kid on the block sounds interesting.

Women Are Taking to the Streets to Save London’s Beloved Feminist Library (Broadly) – Women from the community are protesting the astronomical rent increases threatening the library.

Why you probably shouldn’t be doing work on that in-flight Wi-Fi  (Ars) – In-flight services are worse than public wi-fi? That’s scary!

Study: More than half of all ad blocker users would disable them to read content (Digiday) – What do you think? Would you disable your ad block in to read a site?

Your checking account is probably easier to hack into than your email (Quartz) – Wow, does this make you think….

It took Verizon seven months to fix Internet outage in NYC building (Ars Technica) This is an outrage….

Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free (Techcrunch) – This sounds like a service that could really fill a need….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty for $2.99.

In the market for a new cell phone? Amazon has the ALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked 4G LTE Smartphone for $179.99. The phone is 16GB, GSM and has a US warranty.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan for $1.99. Kobo is also having a Fabulous Fiction at $4.99 and Under sale until March 31, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley for $3.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, February 22, 2016:

Google will start linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages on Feb 24, Buzzfeed, WSJ readying sites (9 to 5 Google) – Will faster pages make you want to use the mobile web more?

Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway (Infodocket) – Yes, an entire week of events dedicated to fair use.

How Germany’s Gruner + Jahr is winning the fight against ad blocking (Digiday) – Why is it always desktop content that get’s blocked?

The Ad Blocking Wars (NYT) – This is definitely heating up….

Eleven Wants to Bring Back Adverts in Books (The Digital Reader) – *Shudders* Let’s just not even go there….

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel Book 1) by Jeaniene Frost for 99 cents and The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro for $1.99.

Once again, Amazon is offering the Fire HD 8 in an unannounced sale. You can get the 8GB version for $79.99 or the 16GB version for $99.99. This is been offered several times this week for only a few hours at a time, so I recommend getting it now if interested.  The 7′ Fire Kids Edition is also only $99.99 and you can $50 off if buy two with the code KIDS2PACK. You can see all the Fire tablets here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Blood and Steel: Throne of the Caesars: Book II by Harry Sidebottom for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Accelerate: A Hotwired Novel by Tracy Wolff for $3.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mangrove Island box set (books 1-3) by Neve Cottrell for $2.99.

Today is also the last day of Kobo’s Super Sale. You can get up to  70% off select titles hat are also eligible for Kobo’s Super Points program.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig for $2.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Bookstores, libraries offer ‘blind dates’ to match readers with romantic novels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

Bookstores, libraries offer ‘blind dates’ to match readers with romantic novels (Chicago Tribune) – Would you try a book, sight unseen, based on only a few words?

66% of Aussie downloaders also pay for Netflix like services (Torrent Freak) – Yes, maybe it is an issue of the poor availability of content.

Google seemingly kicking standalone ad-blockers from the Play Store (9 to 5 Google) – Turns out, this actually a unique situation and not a statement against ad blockers in general.

Google experiments with e-books designed for your phone (Engadget) – Oh, look! More “evolving” ebooks.

Freeloaders, beware: The Wall Street Journal isn’t letting you read for free in Instapaper now, either (Digiday) – The WSJ is getting really serious about its paywall.

Deals of the Day:

On Amazon UK there is a Romance Sale with ebooks from 99p.

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Cat’s Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut for $1.99.

As one of Today’s Deals, Amazon has a Lenovo ThinkPad 11E 11.6″ Ultraportable Business Notebook, Intel N2940 Quad-Core, 128GB Solid State Drive, 4GB DDR3, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Win10Pro via Woot for $199.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life by Cindi Leive, The Editors of Glamour  for $1.99.  The Romance Daily Find is Bearing It All: A Highlander’s Beloved Novel by Vonnie Davis for 99 cents.

Have an old Nook you want to replace? B & N is offering $50 towards a new Samsung Nook when you trade-in your old device. Offer is good until March 5, 2016 and terms and conditions apply. You can find more details here.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela (with a foreward by Barack Obama) for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner for $1.99.

Google is featuring a selection of Red Hot Romance Deals as well as a Get Ready for Deadpool sale, featuring up to 78% off Deadpool comics.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.