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‚Äôs 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 Secret Libraries of History

daily_links_1Today, an article on secret libraries through the centuries. Also, a look at things¬†book lovers do that others may consider weird, ¬†a crowdfunding project that brings e-readers to kids who can’t touch real books and a primer on SD cards. In deals, a Swingline laminator and savings on Alexa enable products. And finally, the price is reduced on The Girl On TheTrain.

Daily Links for Monday, August 22, 2016:

The Secret Libraries of History (BBC) Fascinating article on libraries and collections that have been hidden for centuries.

7 Weird Things I Do With Books (Read It Forward) I actually met my husband in a bookstore, so none of this seems weird to me at all….

Best SD cards (Tab Times) If SD cards are confusing to you, here’s an article that may help. It explains the basics and¬†explains available options.

This NYC Hospital Teacher Is Crowdfunding E-Readers for Sick Students Who Can’t Risk Handling Books (The 74) This is heartwarming and highlights a circumstance where digital is better than print.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon‚Äôs selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes¬†I”d Tell You I Love You, But Then I”d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls Book 1)¬†by Ally Carter.

In Today’s Deals, a¬†Swingline Laminator. You can also still¬†get $15 off the regular price of the¬†Amazon Tap¬†and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Firm by John Grisham. The Romance Daily Find is Stirring Attraction: A Second Shot Novel by Sara Jane Stone.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is Over You (A Romance Novel)¬†by H.M. Ward, L.G. Castillo. The Extra Daily Deal is¬†Pardonable Lies
A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. 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 No Limits by Michael Phelps.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

Price Reduction: For those of you that¬†boycott books priced over $9.99, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On¬†The Train has been reduced from $11.99 to $9.99. And FYI, that’s more expensive than the paperback, which is $9.60 on Amazon.

(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 Internet Really Has Changed Everything: Here’s the Proof

daily_links_1Today, a case study in how the internet has changed our lives, an opinion piece on whether the e-reader is about to make a comeback and news about how a deal with DC Comics means more digital availability. In deals, you can find watches, anime DVDs and a deal on an Anker portable charger.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 20, 2016:

5 Gmail hacks that help you master your messages (PC World) Tips to help you get a lot more out of your inbox.

9 settings every new iPhone owner should change (CNET) These tweaks will improve the performance and battery life of your phone.

The Internet Really Has Changed Everything: Here’s the Proof (Backchannel)¬†This is a long, fascinating introspective read. A journalist reflects on how technology has¬†changed things¬†his tiny, rural hometown.

Is the e-book reader about to stage a comeback? (The Bookseller) Interesting opinion piece on whether e-readers are really in their death throes.

DC COMICS Reaches New Deal For eBook Distribution Worldwide (Newsarama) There are a lot of comics coming! Overdrive also announces the comics are now available for libraries to purchase.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, ¬†¬†we have men’s and women’s Stuhrling Original watches. ¬†Anime lovers, you can also get up to 61% off “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” and “Steins Gate: The Complete Series” DVD sets and an¬†Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Fiesta of Smoke by Suzan Still for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bradens (Books 1-3 Boxed Sets) by Melissa Foster for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is¬†Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy, Book #1) by Nora Roberts for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Exiles in the Garden by Ward Just 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 and Deals: The Celestial Math Behind Leap Year

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, February 29, 2016:

The Celestial Math Behind Leap Year  (Motherboard) РA Leap Day look to explain the science behind February 29th.

In UK, Ereaders Hold Steady Within the Tablet Market (eMarketer) – See, people still like their ereaders….

Student Sold Drugs to Pay for College Textbooks, Police Say (The Digital Reader) – Yes, books are that expensive.

Alaska: UAF archivists work to preserve obsolete recordings (UAF) Р There is so much old technology that needs to be preserved.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon‚Äôs Kindle Daily Deals includes How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain¬†by Gregory Berns for $1.99. And for cat lovers who also like¬†fantasy, Desert Rising, the first book in Kelley Grant’s series of the same name, is on sale for $1.99. (I love this series!)

Also included among the Today’s Deals on Amazon are savings on¬†¬†PC Components and Accessories. Great for GEEks and DIY fans, there are routers, monitors, memory, PCI wireless cards, processors and computer memory at reduced prices.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Falling for You (Pearl Island Series, #1) by Julie Ortolon for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is also¬†Keep Quiet¬†by Lisa Scottoline for $1.99. Kobo is also offing some 80% off deals for Leap Day, including¬†Prime Suspect: ¬†Prime Suspect Series (Book #1)¬†by Lynda La Plante for 99 cents. This series is the basis for the Prime Suspect TV series with Helen Mirren.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Hostile Witness by William Lashner for $3.99.

(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.

Is a phone an e-reading device?

There was a post on Digital Book World today that caught my attention. The headline read: “Apple Pumps Another 60 Million E-Reading Devices Into Market.”

Whoa. Sixty million. Pretty impressive. The problem is, Apple doesn’t actually make a dedicated e-reading device. And, sure enough, buried in the middle of the short piece are the words:

… publishers should be more interested in the 16 million iPads and nearly 44 million iPhones the company sold last quarter. Each one is a potential ebook reading device.

Yes, note those words. “A potential ebook reading device.” While you can arguably read on a tablet sized device, thinking of a cell phone as an reader is a totally different story.

Personally, as someone who defines an e-book reading device as a device designed or purchased primarily for reading e-books, I find the article’s title rather misleading. Few of us actually purchase our phones for reading. I will certainly argue that there is a huge difference between reading on your phone while standing in line at the grocery store and using your phone for your primary e-reader, particularly if you are a heavy reader of e-books. And I say this as someone who owns a large-screen Galaxy Note II that has almost every e-reading app you can think of installed on her phone! While you certainly can read on your cell phone, using it as your primary e-reader for any length of time is a less than satisfying experience.

I would be interested in seeing current statistics on this as the reading landscape is changing.

So, how about you? Do you use your phone as a primary e-reader?