Daily Links and Deals: Why I like my e-reader better than my smartphone

daily_links_1Can a dedicated e-reader provide a better reading experience than a smartphone? Also, a look at the descriptions of food in literature, questions about Comcast’s data meter and YouTube accused of censorship by using ad revenue as leverage. In deals, Wemo smart plugs, voice recognition software and the Amazon Tap for $99.99.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 6, 2016:

Literary Meals that Leap off the Page (Read it Forward) Think about the food described in books! Could you imagine reading Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe without descriptions of food?

Why I like my e-reader better than my smartphone (TechGig) How using an e-reader gives a better, distraction-free experience.

Tales from Comcast’s data cap nation: Can the meter be trusted? (Ars Technica) Gee, they claim their meter is perfect….

YouTubers call out ad guidelines as a form of censorship (Engadget) If you lose your income because you talked about a particular subject, is that censorship? YouTube’s new notifications have a lot of people asking that question.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald and the iconic Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.

In Today’s Deals, up to 40% off the Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi (it works with the Amazon Echo). Also, special pricing on Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. Amazon also still has the Amazon Tap for $30 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. The Romance Daily Find is One Reckless Summer (Destiny, Ohio Series #1) by Toni Blake.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner. The Extra Daily Deal is The Quick A Novel by Lauren Owen. 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 Poison Tree by Erin Kelly.

Google Books has a selection of craft and cooking books in a Self-Improvement Sale.

(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 life-changing magic of tidying your tech: The KonTechie Method

daily_links_1Today, a look at tidying your tech that’s based on Marie Kondo’s best-selling book. Also, A Skype update for your tablet, a scary lesson about the internet from China and live content may be coming to the Amazon Fire TV. In deals, 80% off some great children’s books, deals on home electronics and a Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger for $19.

Daily Links for Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Skype 7.0 for Android rolls out a tablet-friendly redesign (PC World) This update for Skypes supports tablets, material design and multipane window.

Amazon Fire TV update lays groundwork for more live TV streaming (Liliputing) Recent updates for the Fire TV add support for live streaming and live stations. Does this mean that Amazon is going to be offing live content soon?

The life-changing magic of tidying your tech: The KonTechie Method (CNET) If you have read Marie Kondo’s  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, this article helps you apply those principles to the tech in your life.

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works (Washington Post) Internet use in China is high, while at at the same time, censorship is flourishing….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features 80% off children’s books, including books by R.L. Stine, books by Rick Riordan. You can find books in both The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series as well as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for just $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, the Ecosmart ECO 27 Electric Tankless Water Heater and  the SimpliSafe SSCS2 Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security Deluxe Pack. Also, the Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger for just $19!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a selection of 12 Manga series starters for just $2.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Denial by Lisa Renee Jones for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Misery by Stephen King for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is LUCY: The Complete Lucy Kendall Series with Bonus Content by Stacy Green for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Women in the Middle Ages by Frances and Joseph Gies for 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.

Daily Links and Deals: As Libraries and Archives Digitize, Implications for Maintaining Individual Privacy

daily_links_1Today, several interesting pieces on the shift to digital with a spotlight on both libraries and museums. What do these changes mean for the future? Also, stories about copyright and a new search results page for Google. In deals, running shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses for $60 and deals on Seiko men’s watches.

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet (The Guardian) Yesterday, I posted a link to a story on how people are misusing fair use as an excuse to commit piracy. This is a post on how copyright is being misused for censorship.

Chicago will have a film archive of live performance (Chicago Tribune) Chicago has a vibrant life theater and performance scene. This archive is an exciting development for the city.

Museums in the Age of Social (And how to support them)  (NEH) More and more museums are putting digital collections online. What does this mean for the relationship between institutions and their audiences?

Desktop Google Search redesign places Knowledge Graph results inline, displays links in cards (9 to 5 Google) That search page is going to look a little bit different!

As Libraries and Archives Digitize, Implications for Maintaining Individual Privacy (Mediashift) From a series about how libraries are changing, a look at what happens to privacy when analog goes digital.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Prince: A John Shakespeare Mystery by Rory Clements for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, Mizuno running shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses for $60, an Oreck Upright Vacuum and Seiko men’s watches starting at $49.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find has two Bob Dylan biographies in honor of his birthday. The Romance Daily Find is Grave Vengeance by Lori Sjoberg for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Bone Collector (The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel) by Jeffery Deaver for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Realities by Marian D. Schwartz for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Abandoned Prayers: An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession and Amish Secrets by Gregg Olsen for $1.99.

(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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: #BOOKNERDPROBLEMS: Wanting to read books that don’t exist

daily_links_1In today’s stories, we talk about #booknerdproblems, mysterious library returns , aspect ratios, copyright and more. In today’s deals, we have Anker and Microsoft computer and electronic accessories.

Daily Links for Monday, March 28, 2016:

A lost 120-year-old newspaper collection is mysteriously returned to a D.C. library (Washington Post)  A piece of history is anonymously returned to the library.

It is illegal to screenshot and share Snapchat snaps without permission, Government minister says (The Independent) Um…Why copyright and not privacy?

Widescreen, letterbox and black bars: How to wrangle TV aspect ratios (CNET) Understand the various TV aspect ratios and how to deal with them.

People are paying to remove sex, violence, and Jar Jar Binks from movies (Quartz) Yet another censorship service crops up. Is this copyright versus the right to sanitize.

#BOOKNERDPROBLEMS: Wanting to read books that don’t exist (Overdrive) I can so relate. I have bought books written by fictional characters like the Nikki Heat series written by TV character Richard Castle….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, savings on Anker devices and accessories, including chargers, bluetooth speakers and cables. You can also save up to 70% off select Microsoft computer accessories, including headsets, keyboard/mouse bundles and web cams.

Have an old Kindle to trade in? Amazon is having another trade-in promotion for both working and non-working Kindles. You can get between $5 and $50 for your old device plus a $20 bonus coupon good towards the purchase of a new Kindle. The details are here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Apartment 3B: A Novel by Patricia Scanlan for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Roses by Leila Meacham for $1.99.

Barnes and Noble is still running several promotions” First, you can take 50% or more off teen bestseller Nook books. They are also running a special where you can get a NOOK Bundle Offer: 10″ NOOK Device, Free Screen Film and Free Cover of Your Choice- a $330+ Value for Just $199.99. And finally, you can take 25% off all Nook Accessories.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam for $2.99.

Kobo has a Great Reads For $1.99 or Less promotion going on right now. Also ongoing is is the Supersale, offering up to 80% off and  5X Super Points on all purchases. And, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring  bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: The Triumph of Email

daily_links_1Daily Links for the day, January 7, 2016:

The Triumph of Email (The Atlantic) – An interesting look at why we keep coming back to email.

Why libraries should loan WiFi hotspots, not just books (Teleread) – An argument that the internet is just as important as books to the mission of libraries.

Netflix won’t commit to leaving its content uncensored around the world (The Verge) – While I can see the dilemma, I am not a fan of censorship. It will be interesting to see what happens here….

It’s the birthday of a pronoun: heer, himer, hiser, born OTD in 1912 (The Web of Language) –  Um… I don’t recall hearing these lately.

Amazon Expands Access To Prime Video To U.S. Military Members Overseas (Techcrunch) – Offering those serving overseas a taste of TV from home.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes a nice selection of American Best of 2015 anthologies (mainstream short stories science fiction, mysteries, non-fiction essays, etc.).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Pryce Family (Books 1-3) by Nadia Lee for $2.99.

Kobo Daily find is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for $4.99.

iTunes Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Augusten Burroughs’ Running with Scissors for $1.99.

(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.