Daily Links and Deals: Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 5,  2016:

Report: Microsoft’s Home Hub will chase Amazon’s Alexa and Echo as a software service (PC World) So now Cortana is getting into the game too?

Hisense A2 leaked: dual-screen phone with AMOLED and E Ink displays (Liliputing) For us e-ink lovers, this is one to watch. Of course, after being disappointed that the Yodaphone never became readily available here in the US, I am not holding my breath.

Why didn’t Google make Chromebooks a priority this holiday season? (Engadget) Love my Chromebook, but they really need to clarify what they are doing. I’m not buying a new one until the market stabilizes.

Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels (The SEM Post)  Buying books may have just gotten easier. This is actually a nice feature. I was surprised that you get a list of vendors instead of just Google Play Books.

Amazon kills the checkout line in new Amazon Go concept store (ZD Net) Wow, would this make shopping easier, although I have a few privacy concerns.

Put one of these Plume pods in each room to blanket your home in Wi-Fi (CNET) Interesting idea. I’d love to see how this works in practice.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye.

In Today’s Deals, a Fire Tablet-Amazon Tap bundle that costs less than the Tap alone!  Includes a Fire Tablet, 7” Display, 16 GB – includes Special Offers plus Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. The Romance Daily Find is Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2) by Jay Crownover.

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

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel (Book 1) by Kelly Jamieson. The Extra Daily Deal is Independence Day: Crucible (The Official Prequel) by Greg Keyes.

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’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Numero Zero by Umberto Eco.

Google Books has a selection of Big Book Deals.

(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: I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story

daily_links_1Today, an opinion piece on must-have elements in romance novels. Also, Netflix weighs in on data caps, a critical view of the five-year limit on Chromebooks’ usleful life, a retro Nintendo deck and more. In deals, Norton Security Deluxe software.

Daily Links for day, September 13, 2016:

Twitter finally sets date to grow beyond its 140 character limit (The Next Web) Names and links won’t count against your limit soon.

Netflix wants annoying data caps to be illegal (The Verge) Netflix is lobbying really hard to ditch the data caps.

The RetroUSB AVS just replaced my childhood Nintendo (Engadget) Okay. I still have a huge box of original games in the basement that I have held onto for years. #hoarderwins

I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story (Bustle) Romance novels are very popular. Here’s a look look at one person’s must have elements list.

Why my older Chromebook has a right to live, even if Google says it’s over (PC World) Google has decided that Chromebooks have a five year life cycle. But what if your machine still functions fine?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett.

In Today’s DealsNorton Security Deluxe for 5 Devices.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mystery Series #1) by Max Wirestone. The Romance Daily Find is The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Wednesday Sisters A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton. The Extra Daily Deal is Crysis: Legion by Peter Watts.

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 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes This Time Together by Carol Burnett.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals (up to 75% off great reads).

(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: Digitising public domain images creates a new copyright, rules German court

daily_links_1Today, a story on a ruling for about scans and copyright that sets a disturbing precedent.Also, a think piece on the last driver license holder, watching local broadcast TV on the internet and a look at who can make the most out of Chromebooks. In deals, pet fountains and feeders.Also big savings on DVDs, Bluerays and digital downloads of the first two seasons of Game of Thrones.

Daily Links for Monday, June 27, 2016:

Digitising public domain images creates a new copyright, rules German court [Updated] (Ars Technica UK) This is a deeply disturbing decision. It means that public domain works can be basically “held hostage” by who does the scanning of the work in question.

Chromebooks are the new “it just works” platform (ZD Net) While they are not for everyone, there is something to be said for not having to worry abut bloated OEM programs, viruses and updates.

The last driver license holder (Techcrunch) Autonomous cars are getting closer and closer to becoming a mainstream reality.

You May Soon Be Able to Watch Local Broadcast TV on the Internet (Motherboard) Not exactly Aereo V2, but this non-profit want to make live, local internet a reality.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Sophie’s Choice (Open Road) by William Clark Styron for $1.99, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel (Open Road) by Muriel Spark for $2.99 and Words that Sell, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Thesaurus to Help You Promote Your Products, Services, and Ideas by Richard Bayan for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, “Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2″ on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital. (Digital downloads of the first two seasons are $9.99 each. Also, up to 62% Off PetSafe Fountains and Feeders.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Hot For The Scot by Janice Maynard for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Murder in the Marais An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Vol. 1 by Cara Black for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Joe Tesla Box Set: Books 1-3 by Rebecca Cantrell for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes

Google Books has a Topsellers Under $10 promotion.

(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: 13 Types Of Readers Everyone Knows

daily_links_1Today, a  fun article on the different types of readers. Also, a Chrome extension that outlines the salient points of articles and look at what Android apps look like on a Chromebook. In deals, a telescope, a drone and last call for Amazon devices for Father’s Day delivery.

Daily Links for Friday, June 17, 2016:

This Chrome extension will give you the gist of online articles (PC World) As someone who reads a lot of articles and RSS feeds, I can certainly see the appeal with this one….

Android apps are now available on Chrome OS (Engadget) This in an exciting thing! Remember, not all Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps. Here’s a list of the ones that can.

13 Types Of Readers Everyone Knows, Because We Aren’t All Alike (Bustle) Can you be more than one of these at the same time? Asking for a friend….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women by Glynnis MacNicol and Rachel Sklar.

In Today’s Deals, the Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope and a Veho Muvi Drone UAV Quadcopter with 1080p HD built in camera, Satellite Navigation and Live view APP. Sure, Dad would love a drone, right?

It’s last call for Kindles, Fires and Alexa devices for a Father’s Day gifts! The Amazon device sale is still offering savings, but you are almost out of time for delivery by June 19th.  Here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  A Perfect Heritage: A Novel by Penny Vincenzi for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Status Update by Annabeth Albert for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is #Erinyes Is Now Following You. Forever (God Complex Universe – Book 1) by George Saoulidis for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes cyberpunk classic Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan 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: Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked

daily_links_1Today, Twitter is notifying users who may be affected by this latest password leak. (They are still saying it is not a hack.) Also, Google will stop updating older Chromebooks, why robocallers can still call you on your cell and a scary UK startup that reads private conversations to see if you are likely to pay your rent. In deals, a huge set of tools and a Bruaun shaver.

Daily Links for day, June 10, 2016:

Why robocallers can stalk you on your cell phone (PC World) Outdated laws make it easy for telemarketers and scammers to have their way.

Google Will Stop Updating Older Chromebooks From This Month (OMG Google) Important information to read if you have an older Chromebook.

Startup lets landlords scan tenants’ Facebook to check if they can pay rent (The Verge) Scanning social media is bad enough, but “private conversations” are included as well!

Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked (PC World) I have This isn’t stopping anytime soon, so it’s time to buckle down and get secure.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs and speculative thriller Three Days in April by Edward Ashton.

In Today’s Deals, a Crescent CTK170CMP2 Mechanics Tool Set, 170-Piece. Also, the Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver. Also, the Fire HD 10 tablet is still $50 off. The 16GB version is only $179.99. The tablet is also available in both 32GB and 64GB models.

At Barnes and Noble Nook. today marks the start of B-Fest, a three-day event in Barnes & Noble stores celebrating the best books for teens. Today’s Daily Find offers up to 70% off teen and young adult novels. The Romance Daily Find is Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels Book 3) by Loretta Chase 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: What are phone jammers trying to tell us?

daily_links_1Today, a story that makes us think about our obsessive use of cell phones and why people feel entitled to jam their signals. Also, articles on the stories newspapers publish, using Google maps offline, upcoming changes to Hulu and how your memory may jeopardize your security. In deals, a monochrome laser printer and a deal on an electric shaver (graduation gift time!).

Daily Links for Monday, May 30, 2016:

How to Use Google Maps Without An Internet Connection (Time) I wish I had known about this tip last weekend when I was tooling around an unfamiliar city.

How Many Stories Do Newspapers Publish Per Day? (The Atlantic) All of these are vying for your attention. Maybe this is why we can’t keep up!

Hulu may lose most of its anime catalog come June (update) (Engadget) For years, Hulu has been the go to  service for Anime. This change will be a big change to the landscape.

What are phone jammers trying to tell us? (ComputerWorld) I found this a somewhat provocative piece. How far would you go for some peace and quiet?

Why relying on your memory could compromise your security (The Next Web) Do we overestimate our memories in this department? Or is the sheer volume of passwords and their necessary complexity just too overwhelming?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the first five books in the Stacy Justice mysteries for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8950/90 and a Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find offers a collection of books honoring men at war for Memorial Day. The Romance Daily Find is Ever After by Odessa Gillespie Black for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Midsummer Suspense Tales – Volume I Box Set by Asha King for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes War by Sebastian Junger 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.

CES Roundup for 1-4-2016

CES_Logo_smCES 2016 starts on January 6, 2016. Here is roundup of some of the interesting early stories about CES 2016:

If you are going to the event, thanks to the crazy world we live in, there are all kinds of fun new security measures.

LG made an 18-inch display you can roll up like a newspaper (The Verge) – Forget e-ink, this looks interesting…

The Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet is made for families and priced at just $100 (Android Central) – With an 8 inch form factor and lots of parental controls, depending on its performance, this could be a winner.

This company wants to unclog your Wi-Fi (The Verge) – We have a ways to go on this, but it is going to be great!

New Chromebooks From Acer, Lenovo Debut at CES 2016 (OMG Chrome) – New model Chromebooks on the horizon. And they are going to be pretty!

No, I am not going to CES, but I love reading about the gadgets. I will be doing these roundup posts intermittently during the week. The official CES website is here.

Did you know that Amazon has a page for products from CES2016? You can find it here.