Black Friday and Cyber Monday blues

This year, I didn’t buy a thing on black Friday or cyber Monday. Nothing. Nunca. Nada.

This is actually kind of unheard of for me,  especially given the fact that I’m such a technology buff.  Cyber Monday has actually been my favorite self-gifting holiday of the year.

Why the change this year?

I think a big part of the reason is the so many of the items offered for sale I already have.  I’ve already bought Echos, Echo Shows, Echo Dots, Kindle Paperwhites, a Kindle Oasis, Fire tablets,  Fire TV sticks,  etcetera. The picture in this post is just a few of the items that I already have (yes, there are more that arrived after I took that picture) and am currently testing to review.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the prices that these items have been offered at makes me wish that I hadn’t just recently bought them. But it’s really hard to get excited about bargains for things you already qwn.

How about you? Did this year’s cyber bargains interest you?

Daily Links and Deals: 10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life

daily_links_1Today, a look at reader stereotypes. Also, prediction for Black Friday (yes, already!), new Roku devices and a Plex goes to the cloud. In deals, uninterruptible power supplies and power banks.

Daily Links for Monday, September 26,  2016:

10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life (Bustle) Book readers tend to have certain things in common. Here’s a look at ten stereotypes. Which one are you?

Black Friday 2016 predictions include $90 Chromebooks, $299 Apple iPad Air 2 tablets (ZD Net) Yes, Black Friday will soon be upon us and the tech rumors are starting already.

Roku launches 5 new media streamers, prices range from $30 to $130 (Liliputing) Lots of new choices in the Roku product line.(I ♥ my Roku devices!)

Plex teams up with Amazon to launch a cloud-based version of its Media Server (The Next Web) Some new options for the popular media streaming software (with a few caveats).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life – A Creative and Practical Guide by Margaret Lobenstine.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% on select APC products, including uninterruptible power supplies, power packs and surge outlets.

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 Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Romance Daily Find is Chase Family Series: A Jewels of Historical Romance Duet by Lauren Royal.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Saint Peter’s Soldiers (A James Acton Thriller, Book #14) by J. Robert Kennedy. The Extra Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton.

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 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles, with prices starting at 99 cents.

(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.

E-Ink Kindles on sale now

paperwhite_newAs part of their Black Friday Deals week, Amazon has lowered prices on the basic Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle,

The basic touch Kindle,  normally $79.99, is only $49.99. This is $30 off the regular price.

The Kindle Paperwhite, normally, $119.99, is selling for $99.99. This is $20 off the regular price.

The Kindle for Kids Bundle, normally $99 is selling for $$69.99. The bundle includes the basic Kindle (without ads), a kid-friendly cover and a two year Square Trade warranty.

Special Black Friday pricing on the Kindles is good through November 30, 2015.

While not on sale, the more expensive  Voyage e-reader  is not on sale, but is available in as part of a special Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle. That bundle includes a charger and leather cover for $249.97.

BTW, I am a huge advocate of using cases covers for Kindles to protect your investment. I have three cats and a dog. My Kindles have been dropped, knocked on the floor and pounced upon by my pets and they are all still safe and sound. You can find a cover for the basic Kindle for as little as $8.99. 🙂


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.





A Head Start on Black Friday Deals

kindle_fireIf you like to shop online and are ready to get a head start on your holiday shopping, Amazon has already started their Black Friday deals sales. New lightning deals are now appearing every 10 minutes. You never know what you are going to see in these sales- last year I saw a trolling motor for a boat as a lightning deal! 🙂

There are also some very good deals in electronics, including a Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) for only $219 and a Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers for only $199. (That one is pretty tempting!) The 32 GB version is only $179.

There are also deals on tablets, desktops, musical equipment, audio and fitness gear, so there’s a lot to choose from.

This year, the Brick and Mortar stores will be starting deals as early as Thanksgiving night for the Black Friday sales. What do you think of the idea?


Daily Links: Setting up Profiles and Family Sharing on the Kindle

kindle_voyageFrom The Ebook Reader, How to set up profiles and family library sharing on Kindle and Fire Tablets. 

Scribd welcomes Chronicle book titles, from the Scribd Blog

From The Digital Reader, A hands on look at new and old Washington Post apps.

Indiewire share top film scripts for free download, from Teleread.

The Fire HD 7 is on sale for $119 as part of Amazon’s Black Friday promotions. I have the previous generation of this and it is a nice little tablet. I use mine for movies, games and reading book where color is important (gardening and cooking).

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.

Kindle DX on Sale for Black Friday Week

Amazon has the large Kindle DX on sale from November 24th until the 28th for only $259. The device has a large 9.7 inch display and normally retails for $379. The DX has free 3G included, but does not have wi-fi.

Amazon generally does not put Kindles on sale. If you have been wanting a large Kindle for reading technical manuals and PDFs, this is a great deal and I suspect that these won’t last very long.