Cyber Monday Book Deals

cybermondayA few noteworthy Cyber Monday Deals for e-book lovers today:

Amazon has massive savings on over 800 books in what they are calling the Biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the Year. You can save up to 85% of regular prices with titles starting at $1.99. And, yes, there are still Kindles on sale today. The $50 Fire is sold out until December 24, but the Fire 6 HD is still available.

Amazon also is offering up to 40% off on its Kindle Unlimited subscription reading service. The longer you subscribe for, the more you save.

There are hundreds of Open Road Media titles for up to 80% off as part of a holiday promotion. You can find the titles at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Google Books.

Barnes and Noble is offering 500 Nook books for under $5.

At Google Play Books, you can get up to 80% off select titles in their Cyber Weekend Deals.

Kobo is also offering a long list of titles at 80% off. And, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for only $109.99 as part of their Cyber Monday Deals.

Note that iBooks also has many books on sale for Cyber Monday, but they show in the iTunes app, not via the web browser. Sorry, but I can’t link directly to them. ūüė¶

I am seeing a lot of the same titles on the various sites. This is a great “pick the store you like to shop at” sale!

Forget Books, Barnes and Noble has Vinyl

adeleThere has been a lot of discussion about the shrinking shelf space alloted to books in Barnes and Noble stores. ¬†Articles like Sherry D. Ficklin’s ¬†“The (inevitable) death of Barnes & Noble” and The Digital Reader’s “B&N a Bookseller No Longer?”¬†both bemoan the loss of space for books¬†in the retailer’s stores.¬†It seems pretty apparent that music, particularly vinyl, is a big part of the replacement plan.

Yesterday, Barnes and Noble has announced that they will be¬†celebrating “Vinyl Day” on Saturday. November 21, 2015. ¬†There will be special events in stores and online and you can get more information¬†at¬†www.bn.com/VinylDay. According to the retailer’s press release:

An entire day dedicated to vinyl records and music, Vinyl Day will take place at Barnes & Noble‚Äôs nearly 650 stores nationwide just four months after its first vinyl-themed promotion in July as part of the summer program ‚ÄúGet Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble.‚ÄĚ Now, with Thanksgiving around the corner, the bookseller aims to break consumers out of their usual holiday shopping habits and encourage the ‚ÄúArt of Creative Gift-Giving.‚ÄĚ

The chain is offering¬†a selection¬†of vinyl titles exclusive to B & N which includes artist like the Beatles, Tony Bennett, and even an anthology of music from the TV series “Mad Men.”¬†Also featured are color vinyl editions by artists such as Dave Brubeck, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. And for the consummate collector, there will even be a limited number of Signed Edition LPs from artists Bad Company, Brian Wilson and others.

And, yes, they will have have Adele’s new release, “25,” available for Vinyl day, according to the press release.

As some of you may know, I also work in the music industry,¬†¬†and there, the statistics¬†are pretty clear: ¬†Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify COMBINED.¬†Looks like Barnes and Noble decided¬†that this might be an area worth investing in….

Daily Links: Want a $30 credit towards for your old Nook?

WIFI_NOOK_Front_BackFrom the Digital Reader, Barnes and Noble will give you a $30 credit for your old Nook.

Hello 21st Century! Girl Scout cookie sales finally go digital, from Ars Technica.

From ReCode, Jeff Bezos says more Amazon Fire Phones are coming.  (The unlocked GSM version of the  Fire Phone is $199 until 12/3/2014 Рthe price change seems to have been a temporary sale rather than a permanent price reduction.)

Wanna Open your door with a smart phone? Steve Wozniak gives an impromptu product demo, also from ReCode.

Finally, from Ars Technica, the New York Public Library will rent wi-fi hotspots to people who need it most.

My Kindle deal find of the day: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) for $2.00

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.

2014 Black Friday deals at Barnes and Noble

bnsaleBarnes and Noble has put their Black Friday deals up on their website. They are offering a variety of goodies; some are available online, others are in-store only.

The big doorbuster in-store item is the the Nook-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ for $129.99. There are also signed editions from authors such as E.L. James, Donna Tartt, Neil Gaiman and more. These are labeled while supplies last and you can enter a zip code to find a store near you.

Available online, there are a number of 50% off items, including educational toys and games, activity kits, gift books and DVDs. There are also some buy one, get 50% off one items.

Barnes and Noble is also offering a 30% off one item coupon which can be used online or printed and used in-store. Nook books and devices are excluded from the offer.

The Black Friday weekend sale runs from November 28 to November 30, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Daily Links: Germans want reduced taxes on ebooks

file8851243269241From The Digital Reader, Germans call for reduced taxes on ebooks.

Barnes and Nobele has launched their new audiobook app( with free ebooks), via The Ebook Reader.

From Publishing Perspectives, Book Dash uses crowd-sourced publishing to tackle book poverty in Africa.  

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.

 

Barnes and Noble offers print, e-book bundles

bnsyncE-book aficionados have long been asking for for e-books to be bundled with the sale of a paper copy. Barnes and Noble is fulfilling that wish–at least for the holiday season. With the new B & N Sync Up! promotion, customers can purchase a paperback at a B & N store then get the e-book for $4.99. There are over 70 books to choose from, including bestsellers such as Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, ¬†Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees and the¬†Life of Pi by Yann Martel. ¬†Eligible titles will be marked with a “B & N Sync Up!” bookmark.

The program offers a  great value because the purchaser can either keep both copies or give one away as a gift. Details of how the program works are available here at Barnes and Noble.com.

This is a special offer for the holidays, but the web site does not list the begining and end dates for the promotion. It is live on B & N now.

 

 

Scribd, Barnes and Noble add on Audio books

scribdIf you are an audio book fan, today definitely brings exciting news! Scribd has announced that they are adding  30,000 audiobooks to their subscription service. According to their blog:

… That makes us (we‚Äôre extremely pleased to say) the largest unlimited e-book & audiobook subscription service around.

Audiobooks have been one of our most requested features since the day we launched, and today we’re so excited to say they’re here.

The service will include new releases and bestsellers. Scribd has greatly expanded their offings this year with the addition of e-books by Harlequin, HarperCollins  and Simon and Schuster. Juli Monroe from TeleRead has some additional info in an article here.

I wasn’t clear from the announcement exactly when the audiobooks would be available on the ¬†service. (It wasn’t yet on my Android tablet as of 9:30 CST.)

Barnes and Noble is also getting back into the audiobook game. The company has also just released a new Android app for purchasing and listening to audio books. The app is still in beta but seems to have good reviews on Google Play.

In comparison, Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription only has about 2,ooo titles.

Audible, also owned by Amazon, still has the largest selection of audiobooks with over 150,000 titles available.

It is exciting to see so many new options for audiobooks becoming available. ūüôā

Daily Links: KU and Google Play expand overseas, more

From Teleread, the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program finally launches in the UK.

Google Play Books launches in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine, from The Digital Reader.

From Publishers, weekly, Mother of Columbine Shooter sells her memoir to Crown books; the proceeds are going to charity.

You may have heard that Barnes and Noble no longer allows you to download your e-book purchases via the web. The Digital Reader offers a work around here.

And from Recode, This new IOS update is causing problems. Here’s a survival guide.

Worse than Heartbleed? There a bug in the BASH shell that affects Linux, Unix, even  OS X.

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.

 

 

Subscribe and save on a NOOK or get one for free

Two interesting Barnes and Noble press releases hit my inbox this morning.

In the first, Barnes and Noble is offering a free NOOK Simple Touch or a NOOK Color for only $99 if you purchase a one-year NOOK subscription of the New York Times. The cost of the subscription is $19.99 and includes full digital access for both the NOOK and the New York Times website. You can access the bundle directly and see the full terms and conditions  at www.nook.com/nyt.

In the second release, Barnes and Noble is offering the NOOK Tablet for $199 with a one-year NOOK subscription to People. The cost of the digital subscription is $9.99 per month.  You can check the details and purchase at www.nook.com/people.

These special bundles are available at Barnes and Nobles stores and at nook.com until March 9, 2012.