Cases and Covers for the new Fire HD 8

fire_hd8_coverMy new Fire HD 8 is due to arrive on Wednesday and I haven’t bought a case for it yet. I prefer not to buy the Amazon cases, partly because of the cost (I like to change out cases). I had been checking the measurements of the 2015 devices and covers and comparing them to the new ones. The new Fire HD 8 is ever so slightly narrower and thinner, so I wasn’t sure the old cases would fit the new tablets.

Today, when I was looking at cases, Amazon flashed a warning on the product page that said “We want you to know: This product is not compatible with the All-New Fire HD 8 (2016 release). Explore compatible products.

Since we now know definitively that these 2015 model covers will NOT fit the new devices, for right now at least, the only covers available are by Amazon. The available Amazon cases are:

The Amazon covers will be available upon the Fire HD 8’s  release on September 21, 2016.

The good news is, there are other third party cases and covers on their way. Covers will soon be available from manufacturers like Fintie and MOKO. I have bought cases from both companies and been satisfied with them. Both offer decent quality budget cases that include Vegan leather options. Amazon currently has these cases available for pre-order, however, NONE OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR PRIME SHIPPING. The cases are showing availability dates starting September 22 and prices start at $4.99 plus shipping. In the past, Amazon has add these covers to its inventory (and Prime shipping) fairly quickly. All cases that will fit the new Fire HD 8 are marked “All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release)”.

If you happen to need a case for the older Fire HD 8, you must search for accessories marked “Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (Fire 8″ HD Display 5th Generation – 2015 release)” to make sure you get the right sized item.

Pictured case is the Fintie Folio Case for All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016 release), Slim Fit Premium Vegan Leather Standing Cover for Fire HD 8 Tablet (2016 6th Gen Only), Starry Night.

Daily Links and Deals: Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, February 22, 2016:

Google will start linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages on Feb 24, Buzzfeed, WSJ readying sites (9 to 5 Google) – Will faster pages make you want to use the mobile web more?

Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway (Infodocket) – Yes, an entire week of events dedicated to fair use.

How Germany’s Gruner + Jahr is winning the fight against ad blocking (Digiday) – Why is it always desktop content that get’s blocked?

The Ad Blocking Wars (NYT) – This is definitely heating up….

Eleven Wants to Bring Back Adverts in Books (The Digital Reader) – *Shudders* Let’s just not even go there….

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel Book 1) by Jeaniene Frost for 99 cents and The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro for $1.99.

Once again, Amazon is offering the Fire HD 8 in an unannounced sale. You can get the 8GB version for $79.99 or the 16GB version for $99.99. This is been offered several times this week for only a few hours at a time, so I recommend getting it now if interested.  The 7′ Fire Kids Edition is also only $99.99 and you can $50 off if buy two with the code KIDS2PACK. You can see all the Fire tablets here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Blood and Steel: Throne of the Caesars: Book II by Harry Sidebottom for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Accelerate: A Hotwired Novel by Tracy Wolff for $3.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mangrove Island box set (books 1-3) by Neve Cottrell for $2.99.

Today is also the last day of Kobo’s Super Sale. You can get up to  70% off select titles hat are also eligible for Kobo’s Super Points program.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Finds and Deals: Fire HDX sale and special bundles

fire HDXAmazon is having a sale on some of its Fire Tablets and bundles:

First, you can save $50 on the Fire HDX 8.9 64GB (that’s 10% off. It is priced at $429.99. There seems to be an 4G LTE version of this still available. You can also find an Origami Case that fits this HDX model available for a reduced price.

There is also special pricing available on several Fire Bundles:

You can save $30 on the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition in a green, kid-proof case.

You can save $10 on the Fire Essentials Bundle which includes the latest Fire 7″ Tablet with Special Offers ($49.99), Nupro Slim Cover ($19.99), and Nupro Screen Protector ($12.99).

You can save $30 on the Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle which includes the latest Fire 10″ Tablet with Special Offers ($229.99), Amazon Keyboard case ($99.99), Amazon Stylus ($14.99) and Nupro Screen Protector ($14.99).

You can save $10 on the Fire HD 8 Essentials Bundle which includes the latest Fire 8″ Tablet with Special Offers ($149.99), Incipio Clarion Folio Cover ($24.99) and Nupro Screen Protector ($12.99).

These are limited time offers, good only while supplies last.

Finds and Deals: Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition

Amazon hkindle hd 8 bundleas announced the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition. This is an exclusive bundle, priced at $249.99 with free shipping. The bundle includes:

  • The new Fire HD 8 tablet, normally retailing for $149.99.
  • One year of Kindle Unlimited, normally retailing for $9.99 per month (a $120 value)
  • An exclusive Reader’s Edition brown leather cover for the tablet. According to Amazon, the cover is designed to give the look and feel of a real book cover as well as protecting the tablet.

The bundle is available for pre-order and will begin shipping on December 9, 2015.

Note: There is no specified end date for this promotion. Generally, Amazon only makes these bundles available for a limited time.