Daily Links and Deals: Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next

daily_links_1In today’s stories, there is a new Goolge Books recommendation engine. Also, Sainsbury’s is exiting the UK ebook market, HP is nixing third party refills on its printer cartridges and several stories on cable and the battle for Google Fiber In deals, a Hoover WindTunnel vacuum.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 20, 2016:

Nashville Council Member Admits AT&T & Comcast Wrote The Anti-Google Fiber Bill She Submitted (Techdirt) So who exactly do this lawmakers represent?

Cable lobby tries to make you forget that it represents cable companies (Ars Technica) NCTA no longer a “cable” group, now it’s the Internet & Television Association.

Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next (Techcrunch) Google Books is trying to be better than Amazon’s algorithm.

HP detonates its timebomb: printers stop accepting third party ink en masse (Boing Boing) This isn’t the first time that printing cartridge makers have gone after third party ink companies. But with copyright appearing on things like K-cups and tractors, this is getting a little scary.

Sainsbury’s exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo (Techcrunch) I am not sure where this leaves the former Barnes and Noble customers in the UK….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Gone to Soldiers: A Novel by Marge Piercy and Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time by Mark Schaefer and Stanford Smith.

In Today’s Deals, a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless Lightweight Corded Upright vacuum.

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 How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman. The Romance Daily Find is Rebel Princess by Evelyn Anthony.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Is This Tomorrow A Novel by Caroline Leavitt.  The Extra Daily Deal is Children of Fire (The Chaos Born Book 1) by Drew Karpyshyn.

Also, find select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

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 Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.

Google Books has a selection of 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.

Daily Links and Deals: Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

daily_links_1Today, The Supreme Court declined to hear the Google Books case, Tidal is getting sued, we are getting 360 video and Amazon is starting to unbundle its Prime subscription. In deals, we have Belkin surge protectors, Cuisinart grills and Fire Tablet  and Kindle deals.

Daily Links for Monday, April 18, 2016:

Android VS iOS: How They Compare (Tab Times) Nice comparison of the two systems.

Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity (Techcrunch) In an age where every service is offering something different and exclusive, we may be seeing more of this kind of story in the tech world.

Amazon has built a subscription launchpad with Amazon Prime (Techcrunch)  Amazon Prime can now be bought by the month and so can Amazon Prime Video.  This article talks about what Amazon may really be trying to accomplish with the move.

Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case (Ars Technica) Agree or disagree – at least it is over!

YouTube introduces live 360 video, the gateway drug to virtual reality (The Verge) Here we go. The beginning of experiencing the world without leaving your house.

Google Play Music officially has podcasts for the Web and Android (The Next Web) Be aware that you probably won’t see all of your favorite podcast. It’s not on iOS yet. Google’s terms say they do not sharing revenue with podcasters, so a lot of people passed on enrolling.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Clockwork Scarab and The Spiritglass Charade, the first two books in the Stoker & Holmes YA series by Colleen Gleason for $1.99 each. There is plenty of vampire hunting and mystery solving for the protagonists who happen to be the sister of Bram Stoker and the neice of Sherlock Holmes.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 60% off select Belkin surge protectors, up to 60% off select Cuisinart Grilling products and a  SINGER 3232 Simple Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, deals on pre-owned Fire tablets and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle. 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 The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour by Mitchell Symons for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Rogue’s Proposal (House of Trent Series #2) by Jennifer Haymore for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Killing Game by Toni Anderson for $99 cents.

LAST DAY! Select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store until April 18, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder for $2.99.

Google has a limited time promotion that includes some interesting cookbooks, including BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery by  Erin McKenna for $1.99. (Also at Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

(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.

Library Corner: 1-5-2015

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

North Carolina: State program helps public libraries share books (The News & Observer)

Tennessee: For Internet To Go, Check The Library (NPR)

International Library News:

UK: British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings (AdWeek)

New Zealand: ‘Born-digital’ records a minefield for archivists (ZD Net)

Policy and Privacy:

New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities (ALA News)

Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging (OCLC)

191 million voters’ personal info exposed by misconfigured database (Databreaches)

Copyright:

Authors challenge Google’s book copying project (SCOTUS Blog)

Anne Frank’s diary can be copied for scientific research: court (Dutch News.NL)

US Copyright Office Wants Your Input on the DMCA Rule-Making Process (The Digital Reader)

Reference and Statistics:

Lists: Top Book Check Outs of 2015 at the New York Public Library (Systemwide, by Borough, by Branch) (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

Archives: Fascinating finds in National Library of Israel Jewish newspaper archive (Jewish Heritage Europe)

Bronx Black History Archives Open to Public (Fordham News)

New Manuscripts From the National Library of Greece (Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts)

Researchers building digital archive on WWI poetry by American immigrants (KU)

FILLING IN DIGITAL BLANKS OF HISTORIC TEXTS: Engineering students fix common glitch in digitization of books published before 1700 (Northwestern)

Osher Map Library at University of Southern Maine digitizes its rare globe collection (Portland Press Herald)

Literary Journal: Complete, Searchable Digital Archive of the “Jewish Book Annual” Now Available Online (Infodocket)

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.

Daily Deals: Elin Hilderbrand and David Foster Wallace

wallaceDaily Deals for Monday, December 28, 2015:

Today’s Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal features a selection of Kindle best sellers by Elin Hilderbrand and David Foster Wallace for $2.99 each.

Barnes and Noble is also featuring titles by the above two authors for their daily specials. The Nook Daily Find is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand at $2.99.

Over at Kobo, today’s Daily Deal is the Callaways Boxed Set – Books 1-3 by Barbara Freethy for $2.99.

Google Books is also offering a large selection of books for up to 80% off. (I can’t find an end date for this promotion.)

(Note: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.)

Daily Links: Why Twitter is Dying

daily_links_1A few links worthy of sharing:

Why Twitter is Dying and What You Can Learn From It (Medium) – Thought-provoking piece about online abuse and its effects.

Appeals Court Rules That Google Book Scanning is Fair Use (Ars Technica) – This case filed by the Authors’ Guild may finally be running out of steam….

Chrome dumps “OK Google” eavesdropping extension because nobody actually uses it (Ars Technica) – The “always on” extension is removed from laptops and desktops.

Here’s Warner/Chappell’s Plan to Save the “Happy Birthday” Copyright (Hollywood Reporter) – With so much money on the table, this story seems determined not to go away anytime soon.

Kindle Daily Deals (Amazon) – Nine books for $2.99 or less that include several of Robert Goldsborough’s re-boot of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries.

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 12/7/2014

Library corner imageThis week’s links in library news:

What’s going on in the Library, Part 1: Librarian publishers may be more important than you think (Scholarly Kitchen)

3M  adds audiobooks to the cloud library (Digital Reader)

The top 10 Library stories of 2014 (Publishers Weekly)

Collected Papers of Albert Einstein debut online (Infodocket)

Second Circuit hears Google Books case (Publishers Weekly)

New York Libraries to lend hotspots  (Digital Reader)

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