Daily Links and Deals: Old book, new look: why the classics are flying off the shelves

daily_links_1Today, repackaging classic literature is making money for publishers. Also, the new Audible Channels in a problem for Fire Tablet owners, a look at Creative Commons licenses, a 1909 cookbook for sandwiches and more. In deals, savings on TP networking products.

Daily Links for Monday, September 19. 2016:

Amazon’s new ‘Audible Channels’ Prime benefit is great — but it’s not available on Amazon tablets (Update: They’re working on it) (Geek Wire) This is frustrating and is a problem for people who share Prime benefits.

Old book, new look: why the classics are flying off the shelves (The Guardian) Repackaging old, public domain books makes money for publishers.

Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean? (Ars Technica) Commercial v. noncommercial use of CC licenses. Where’s the line of demarcation?

Has the EU just outlawed fully-loaded Kodi boxes? What’s in store for the box that is very, very popular with pirates?

400 Ways to Make a Sandwich: A 1909 Cookbook Full of Creative Recipes (Open Culture) A free cookbook from 1909 has some interesting sandwich variations.

Who needs cable? Broadcast TV makes a comeback (Talking New Media) Don’t write off over-the-air signals just yet. Live TV is still at play – at least for the time being.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 40% on select TP-Link networking products.

The all-new version of the Fire 8 HD tablet is available for pre-order. The tablet is $89.99 and will be released on September 21, 2016.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Is This Tomorrow: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt. The Romance Daily Find is Undone by Shannon Richard.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. The Extra Daily Deal is Five Quarters of the Orange A Novel by Joanne Harris.

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 out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes AT Dawn by John W. Mefford.

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.

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Daily Links and Deals: It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet

daily_links_1Today, news that the EU has finally (and sensibly) ruled that ebooks are actually books, paving the way to lower VAT prices. Also, a look at how New York City’s public WiFi is serving the poor, a new way for YouTube creators to interact with their followers and how one library is making itself a public space attraction. In deals, savings on Fossil bags and watches and a Panasonic bread machine. Also, new choices for the Amazon Echo and a new generation of the Echo Dot.

Daily Links for day, September 14, 2016:

Is New York City’s Public Wi-Fi Actually Connecting the Poor? (Motherboard) Part of the mission of LinkNYC is to address the digital divide. How’s it actually doing?

YouTube launches ‘Community’ in beta w/ a new tab for posting text, images, GIFs, and more (9 to 5 Google) Now content creators can engage with their followers directly.

It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet (Roger Packer) This opens the door to slash the very high EU VAT on ebooks. (This story was in the Financial Times yesterday, but I won’t link to paywalled content.)

Shhhh…ake it off at the library, the new happening place to be (KUOW) How libraries are re-imagining themselves as public spaces.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1) by Pearl S. Buck.

In Today’s Deals, get 50% off Fossil watches, bags and more. Also, there’s a Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White.

Echo news:  Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99.  Amazon is offering some interesting bundles, like the one pairing a Echo Dot with the Bose Soundlink Mini II. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

Alexa and the Echo and the Echo Dot are also coming to the UK and later, Germany. See http://www.amazon.co.uk/echo for details.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen. The Romance Daily Find is Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Big Thaw by Donald Harstad. The Extra Daily Deal is Mad Tinker Chronicles Collection by J.S. Morin.

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 out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court

daily_links_1Today, an EU court looks at public lending rights for libraries. Also, an opinion piece on the future of pocket computing, a look at where Netflix goes from here in the new binge-watching world it has created and a parody of the New Yorker Magazine to enjoy.

Daily Links for Thursday, June 16, 2016:

Can Netflix survive in the new world it created? (NYT) Binge-watching is the new normal thanks to Netflix. How does the service compete with its own model?

Download a Complete, Cover-to-Cover Parody of The New Yorker: 80 Pages of Fine Satire (Open Culture) Just for fun. 🙂

The future of pocket computing (Recode) Nice opinion piece about what we once thought pocket computing was going to be and what the future may actually hold.

E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court (Ars Technica UK) Public lending and the “exclusive right to authorise or prohibit rentals and loans” is under scrutiny.

The Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes (The Iris, Ghetty) The online library of art history texts has expanded!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Obsidian Temple: A Desert Rising Novel by Kelley Grant for 99 cents. (I love this series! Excellent use of cats in a fantasy setting.)

In Today’s Deals, save up to 60% on Anker products for your home or on the go. Also, you can save on “Justified: The Complete Series” on Blu-ray and DVD.

Looking for an device for a Father’s Day gift? The Amazon device sale is still offering savings.. There’s just a few more days to order in time for delivery by June 19th.  Here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is the first three books of the Invictus Cycle by James LePore for $1.99 each.       The Romance Daily Find is Knight’s Caress by Lynette Vinet for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Lock In (A Novel of the Near Future) by John Scalzi for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Puppets of Washington Box-Set 1 (Books 1,2,3 & 4) by Lavina Giamusso for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta for $2.99.

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: EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates

daily_links_1Today, stories on EU VAT rates, Sling TV adding multiple channels, disturbing news about the Horror Writers Association, email privacy  and more. In deals,Fallout 4 for PC, multi-port chargers and Fire tablet bundles and deals.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 14, 2016:

EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates (RTÉ) I missed this story in all the new Kindle excitement, but it is an important one. High VAT rates on ebooks are a real problem affecting sales in the EU.

Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices (Techcrunch) Sling’s one stream rule at a time was a deal-breaker for many people (including me).  Here’s their alternative.

Are e-books really that important to Amazon? (Teleread) Everyone is scared of Amazon’s domination of the ebook market, but are ebooks that important to Amazon’s bottom line?

Why and When I Will Begin Boycotting the HWA (Brian Keene) Profoundly disturbing story about some of the goings on with the Horror Writers Association.

US House Committee approves bill requiring warrants for e-mail (Ars Technica) Legal provisions to protect our email privacy are wending their way through the system. Will they become a reality.

How Snapchat Killed the Homepage: In an attempt to woo Generation Z, publishers are launching social media-only concepts. (Business of Fashion) It is not your parent’s internet anymore….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Men of the Otherworld: A Collection of Otherworld Tales (The Otherworld Series Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a deal on Fallout 4 for the PCSabrent 60 Watt (12 Amp) 10-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Rapid Charger and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6 and the 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 Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Dark Within by Candice Gilmer for $99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is promoting pre-orders for Bill O’Reilly’s Killing the Rising Sun, the epic true story of America’s fight against World War II Japan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tall, Dark, and Wicked: Wicked Trilogy (Book #2) by Madeline Hunter for $1.99.

Still available until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stweart for $1.99. This book about the plants that humans have turned into alcoholic drinks sounds fascinating!

(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: EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’

daily_links_1Todays stories include news about Apple iOS 9.3, opinions about how to hold a book and the a call for comments on the issue of VAT on ebooks in the EU.  Deals include Pebble Smartwatches and 80% off some of the best-reviewed Kindle books.

Daily Links for Saturday, March 26, 2016:

Apple pulls back iOS 9.3 for older devices (Mashable) As an owner of several “older devices” (a relative term with Apple products), I think this is a great idea. If you have ever had your device get slow as molasses after an update, then you know what I mean!

Why Holding A Book In Your Hands Is A Terrible Way To Read A Text (Medium) I really, really would love a foot pedal I could plug into the Kindle and read hands-free during dinner.

Why iBooks is a better file manager than e-book reader (CNET) If you say so. I still can’t find my books in iBooks, so….

EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’ (Publishing Perspectives)  Yes, we do want to lower the VAT on ebooks  in the EU.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features up to 80% off over 25 of the best reviewed Kindle books. These are today only prices and  feature titles by Neil Gaiman, Carolyn Brown, Mitch Albom and more. How about E.B. White’s classic,  Charlotte’s Web  or Daniel Keyes’ touching Flowers for Algernon? Both are for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals,  Amazon is offering a selection of Pebble Smartwatches priced at from $89.99 to $129.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Fair Juno by Stephanie Laurens for $99 cents.

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 Calendar Girl: Volume One by Audrey Carlan for $2.99.

In other deals, Kobo is having a 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 Where the River Ends by Charles Martin

(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 New York Times, Washington Post, Time Inc and others begin testing micropayments

daily_links_1Today, we have stories about recycling your Apple products, micropayments, alternatives to Wikipedia, the EU digital market, music streaming and more. And in the deals department, a 3D printer and horror book deals.

Daily Links for day, March 23, 2016:

The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Inc and others begin testing micropayments (Digiday) I have been watching Blendle for a while now. It will be interesting if this takes off.

Book lover found himself locked in public library (The Morning Call)Is this your fantasy or your nightmare? And, yeah, they talk about that Twilight Zone episode…

Wharton dropout creates Wikipedia alternative alongside Rap Genius co-founder ( The Daily Pennsylvanian) I am not a fan of Wikipedia and their policies, so I think alternatives are fantastic.

Europe wants an interoperable e-book market (Teleread) I keep asking this question: Do we live in a global economy or not? One Digital Market, right? Why is this so complicated.

Streaming Is Officially the Biggest Part of the Music Business, Which Wants YouTube to Pay Up (ReCode) Streaming is here to stay. You Tube may be the biggest of them all, but it pays artists the least.

How Much Money You’ll Make When You Recycle Through Apple’s Renew Program ((Lifehacker) You can sell some of your old stuff back to Apple for gift cards you can use to buy new stuff! (There is a George Carlin routine buried in here somewhere….)

App updates for publishing platform apps, and more (Talking New Media) Apple’s new IOS update caused a lot of apps to have issues.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Plague of the Undead (Deadlands) by Joe McKinney for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled 3D Printer for $619.99.  This one is  8″ x 9″ x 10″ Maximum Build Dimensions, features 100 Micron Maximum Resolution, 1.75-mm ABS, PLA, T-Glase, Laywood, HIPS, and a Flexible Filament.  First time I have notice one of those as a deal of the day. How long before every home has one of these?

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Too Close To Me: The Middle-Aged Consequences of Revealing A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is How Forever Feels by Laura Drewry for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Enemy Inside (Paul Madriani – Book #13) by Steve Martinifor 99 cents.

In other deals, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Public Domain Day

pdd2015Happy Public Domain Day!

January 1st is the day when new titles whose copyrights have expired enter the public domain. Unless you live in the US, that is. Thanks to laws which have extended the length of the copyright term, no new previously published works are entering the public domain until 2019. I THINK THIS IS A TRAVESTY. To read about the titles  by authors such as Issac Asimov, Ian Fleming,  Rachael Carson, and Martin Luther King that could have been freely available, take a look at the Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Domain website. For Canada and countries in the EU with sensible laws, enjoy!

Apple offers EU customers 14-day money-back returns on e-purchases: “No questions asked” digital refunds for iTunes, iBooks, and apps (but not in US) (Ars Technica)

HarperCollins Wipes Israel Off the Map (Digital Reader)

The Interview earns a stunning $15M from online sales:  Sony got close to the $20 million weekend it was aiming for (Ars Technica)

Today in the Amazon bonus Gold Box deal, there are  Over 40 Books to Jump-Start New Year’s Resolutions  for $2.99 or less. These include books on fitness, diet, goal-setting, inspirational  and more.

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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 links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.