Daily Links and Deals: Colouring Books and the Future of E Ink Devices

daily_links_1Today. adult coloring books are huge right now. But what do you do with them on an e-reader? Also, a look at the upcoming presidential race in terms of the digital divide, new Dropbox features, the best and worst of encrypted messaging apps and more. In deals, Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner and sales on Bose car audio products.

Daily Links for Wednesday, June 22, 2016:

Will the Next President Fix the Digital Divide? (Pacific Standard) How are the current candidates proposing to help solve our digital problems?

The Online Community That’s Turning Old Video Games Into an Archaeological Dig (Motherboard) This one of the exciting sides of gaming culture.

Dropbox rolls out new collaboration features across mobile, desktop (ZD Net) There are a lot of new features, including some changes to the free tier. Some people are not going to be happy with the changes.

The Best and Worst Encrypted Messaging Apps (Gizmodo) As encryption is rapidly becoming an essential element of our digital lifestyle, we are all going to be looking at these more carefully in the future.

Colouring Books and the Future of E Ink Devices (Tech Meets Books) Does the idea of coloring books on an e-reader sound like an oxymoron to you?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Healer’s War: A Fantasy Novel of Vietnam by Elizabeth A Scarborough and The Promised One (Cherokee Mists Book 1) by Win and Meredith Blevins, each $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, a Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner and sales on Bose car audio products.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is No Room for Error: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Seven by Julie Moffett for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Life Among Giants A Novel by Bill Roorbach for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The King of Pain A novel with stories by Seth Kaufman for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt for $1.99.

Google is having a Paranormal Romance 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: A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it’s perfect

daily_links_1In today’s stories,there’s news on Rembrandt going digital, chat bots, lifelogging and chat app encryption. In the deals department, There are deals on smart sprinkler systems, incredible savings on both e-ink Kindles and Fire Tablets.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 6, 2016:

Kik Messenger launched a bot store one week before Facebook is expected to launch a bot store (ReCode) This may go a long way towards making information readily accessible. Interesting to see where this one goes.

Lifelogging is dead (for now) (Computer World) This was an interesting experiment. Are there any lessons learned here?

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service, just turned on encryption for all its data (Quartz) Yes, it is now fully encrypted. And, it looks like your tax dollars paid for the software.

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it’s perfect (The Next Web) Is technology taking on the art world now? This opens some interesting doors for artists of the future.

Adobe to issue emergency Flash patch (ComputerWorld) Again? *sigh* We really need to get rid of Flash – for good.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White for $1.99.

Today’s Deals include a BISSELL 1940 Powerfresh Steam Mop, up to 50% off Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller and 15% off Fire TV models. There are still Kindle deals as well: Savings on the Fire HD 6, pre-owned Fire tablets, and the great  Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime.

If you are not happy with the on-board storage on your 7″ $49.99 Fire, Amazon recently started offering a 16 GB version for $69.99. Personally, I like the resolution on the Fire HD6 better, and the 16GB HD 6 version is on sale right now for only $89.99. IMHO,  that’s the better value. 🙂

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Choice (Lancaster County Secrets Series #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Long Gone by Alafair Burke for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick 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: There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift’s Terms of Service

daily_links_1In today’s stories, includes news about how we capitalize the word internet, how to encrypt your your iOS or Android device and some really scary clauses in Oculus Rift’s TOS. In the deals for today, how about a deal on a 4K TV?

Daily Links for Sunday, April 3, 2016:

The death of ‘Internet’ (Techcrunch) They mean the capitalization of the word, not the internet itself.

This may be the funniest ‘don’t text and drive’ ad you’ve ever seen (CNET) This is not your usual PSA.

There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift’s Terms of Service (Gizmodo) Whoa! And this is why we should *ALWAYS* read the TOS.

How to encrypt your iOS or Android device (CNET) Here’s a primer on keeping your personal data protected.

Freebie Alert! SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to All of Their 940+ Journals This Month (Infodocket) These encompass the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine. Offer ends April 30, 2016.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is offering a Samsung UN55JU6500 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model) for $719.99. They also still have deals on Fire tablets: You can get 30% off the Fire HD (it’s $69.99). This is my favorite fire and you can read my review here. Amazon is also offering pre-owned Fire tablets starting at $29.98. 🙂

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is an interesting sounding alternate history story: The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley 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: If You’re Reading This, You Didn’t Observe National Unplugging Day

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, March 1, 2016:

If You’re Reading This, You Didn’t Observe National Unplugging Day (ReCode) – Um …. Looks like I missed that memo….

Amazon decides its users deserve encryption after all (The Next Web) – It is not coming until spring, but until then, you can still roll back to the previous version of the OS.

Google is letting celebrities and businesses post directly to search results (The Verge) –  Is this going to create a two-tiered SEO system?

Bumble enters the friend zone with new BFF mode (The Next Web) – Changing from a dating app to a friend finder – this is an interesting experiment.

11 tips and tricks to make yourself read more (Mashable) – How many of these do you already use? 🙂

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by John Wooden for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  The Cold Cold Ground (Sean Duffy Series #1) by Adrian McKinty for $2.99.  The Romance Daily Find is Black Rose by Jenna Ryan for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Super Cleanse by Adina Niemerow 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.

Daily Links and Deals: Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, January 28, 2016:

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted (MotherBoard) Is losing a site’s Google rank the solution the web’s security problems?

The FCC wants to totally overhaul how cable boxes work (The Verge) I would definitely want a combination ROKU and cable box if I could get one!

Google brings comments to its entire mobile office suite (The Verge) – Is this a feature you have been waiting for?

Rest in Hell, Java Plug-in (Gizmodo) – At long last, Java bites the dust.

Aereo’s ex-CEO wants to bring wireless gigabit internet to everyone (The Next Web) – The Starry wireless internet that works in an urban setting is an interesting idea, but can they pull it off?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Sarah Woodbury’s Of Men and Dragons (The Lion of Wales Book 3) for 99 cents. Who doesn’t love King Arthur? Books 1 and 2 of the series are also 99 cents and book 4 is $2.99.

And, as part of Today’s Deal, you can get a Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Previous Generation – 3rd) for $149.99. That is $65 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is What I Tell You In the Dark: A Novel by John Samuel for $2.99 (interesting angel storyline in this one…). The Romance Daily Find is Honor Reclaimed (HORNET Series #2) by Tonya Burrows for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cold Betrayal (An Ali Reynolds Novel) by J.A. Jance for $1.99. And, Kobo’s  Buy 2, Get 1 free sale still continues through February 1st.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Gold Shimmer by P.T. Michelle 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Netflix starts blocking Australian customers from US catalogue

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, January 22, 2016:

Netflix starts blocking Australian customers from US catalogue (Stuff) – Sorry, Australia! Netflix is already making good on its promise to start blocking VPNs.

California wants to ban encrypted phones (CNET) – Um…. that means no Apple sales in their own backyard. And no Android?

Penguin Random House Ebooks Now Licensed for Perpetual Access (American Library) – Yes, the books now have a perpetual license, but wait til you see the price tag!

Google launches free high-speed Wi-Fi network in Mumbai Central station (9 to 5 Google) – We’ve been hearing a lot about New York’s new wi-fi stations, but Google’s roll-out in Mumbai could be a game changer.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes The Diamond Self Secret: Say Goodbye to Your Inner Critic and Hello to Self-Acceptance, Serenity, and Lasting Love (The Love Mentor’s Guide) by Diana Kirshner for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find features eight books in Joane Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series, priced from $1.99 to $3.99.  The Romance Daily Find is On the Scent (Psychic Detectives Series #1) by Angela Campbell for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Wicked Ride ( Book 1 in the Realm Enforcers series) by Rebecca Zanetti for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle 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.

Library Corner 10-28-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

Media: Rovi Donates Nearly One Million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and Video Games to Michigan State University Libraries (Infodocket)

Ohio: KnowItNow24x7 Service Ends December 31 (State Library of Ohio)

Grant to Develop the Next Generation Wayback Machine (Internet Archive)

Seattle: Survey: Thumbs down on proposed Seattle Public Library name change (Seattle Times)

Gabriel García Márquez Archive Opens for Research on October 21 (University of Texas at Austin)

International Library News:

New Zealand: National library duped by $75k forgery (TVNZ)

Spain: National Library of Spain Announces 5 Million Euros ($5.6 Million) Digital Preservation Partnership (Infodocket)

Policy and Privacy:

Reinventing the Library (NYT)

The Ebook Pricing Wars: A former publisher’s perspective (American Libraries)

The future of encryption (National Science Foundation)

Copyright:

What the Google Books Victory Means for Readers: Is a universal library finally within reach? (The Atlantic)

Reference and Statistics:

Data: Statistics on U.S. Driver Electronic Device Use 2014 (Texting While Driving, Etc.) (Infodocket)

New African mining law database promotes transparency and investment (Mining Review)

Digital Collections:

Science: New NASA Website Provides Daily Views of Earth Taken From One Million Miles Away (Infodocket)

New Primary Source Sets for Education (DPLA)

NASA: Access Near Real Time Satellite Imagery using The Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET), Version 2 of API Released (Infodocket)

Library of Congress Places Lomax Kentucky Recordings at Berea College (Berea College)

ANS Launches Online Catalog with Egyptian National Library (Coinweek)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.