Book Deals of the Day

Fatal AffairAll those new e-readers and tablets usually mean that people are looking for content to fill them with. While I don’t generally post book sales, some days there are prices and titles that are too good not to mention. Today is one of those days.

Amazon has several in their Daily Deals today. First, they are offering over 80 romance titles from Harlequin and Carina Press.  For today only, these are $1.99 or less. Available titles include authors like Diana Palmer, Lauren Dane, Brenda Novak, Lynne Graham and B.J. Daniels.

For the Inspirational Daily Deal, there are  over 120 books from Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul series. For today only, these are $1.99 or less at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. These books contain inspirational true stories that are intended to inspire, comfort and motivate.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Find of the Day is Nora Roberts A Will and a Way for $1.99. And, for a limited time, there is also a nice selection of Disney books (including Frozen) for $3.99 or less.

Kobo’s holiday sale is offering up to 70% off selected e-books and magazines. The Kobo sale offer is valid until January 5, 2015. 🙂

If you are an iBooks fan, Apple has you covered, too. There is a whole list of Bestsellers for $3.99 or less.

A deal on e-book Westerns

max_brandIf you or someone you know is an avid reader of e-book Westerns, Amazon has a great deal going on you may be interested in. Until October 23, 2014, you can choose from 201 Westerns on sale for only $1.99 each. Authors include some of the greats in the genre: Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Ernest Haycox, Will Henry,  Cotton Smith and many more.



Daily Links: Free Photography e-books

Amazon Fire TVFrom Lifehacker: Over 40 free photography e-books (Note: many of these are in a PDF format and require giving your email address)

Do you know what your rights are if customs wants to search your laptop or smartphone? via MakeUseOf

From the Leftsetz Letter: An interesting article on book availability

The Amazon Fire TV is currently on sale for $84.00. That’s $15 off its regular price of $99.

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.



Daily Links: 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books

From Digital Book World, American Library Association announces 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books.

From a story in Publishers Weekly, Comixolgy to offer  DRM-free backup copies.

And a couple of e-book finds of the day from my TBR list in the Daily Deals: one of John Brunner’s fascinating SF titles, The Shockwave Rider, and, Midsummer Moon, a humoruous romance by Laura Kinsale (one with a hedgehog, no less!).

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.

News of the Day: E-books aren’t books for UK Taxes

From the Goodereader: E-books aren’t books for tax purposes 

From NPR The Two-Way: BookNews – Jesus’ copyright and literature on paper cups 

From MakeUseOf: Five fantastic short stories to read FREE online

From Vacuosminx: A reader manifesto

From Teleread: Indie titles are coming to OverDrive via Smashwords


Print versus e-book: a look at the numbers

e-book infographicThere is a really interesting infographic on E-Books in America on  It gives a useful overview on formats and profiles of those who like to read e-books.

However, the part that I found fascinating was the part at the bottom on which format, print or e-book, is best. It shows the percentages where one format is preferred over another and for which activities. E-books win hands down for traveling and getting a book quickly. Print books dominate for reading with a child and on lending to others.  I was most surprised by the fact that reading in bed was pretty much a tie between the two formats. 🙂

I think the infographic confirms a lot of things those of us who read e-books already know: They make it easy to buy books and easy to carry them around with us. I also think that it is interesting to note that little sharing is done on e-readers – only 25% – mostly because publishers don’t allow us to do it! That number is actually higher than I would have imagined it to be.

Anything in the numbers that surprises you?


Read an E-Book Week 2014

LadyFrom March 2 – 8, once again, we are celebrating Read an E-Book Week!  To promote and encourage the reading of e-books,  there are a plethora of free and discounted books to choose from.

This year, Smashwords is acting as the hub for the week-long promotion. Participating authors are offing discounts that range from 25% to 100% off the usual purchase price of the book. Smashwords offers all of their titles in a variety of formats for the various e-readers and apps, including Epub, mobi, PDF, text and online versions.

The Smashwords pages also has links to other retailers who are having special promotions for the week, including Apple, Barnes and Noble and the Diesel Book store.

If you are aware of any other retailers and online e-book stores celebrating with sales and discounts, please leave a link in the comments!