Daily Links and Deals: Yes, you really can judge a book by its cover

daily_links_1Today, a look at book covers seen through the lens on Instagram. Also, the issue of ownership in a digital world, how diverse books are disproportionately banned and OK, Google brings voice commands to Google Maps. In deals, a WiFi scale. And for National Coffee Day, a high-end espresso maker.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 29,  2016:

Google Maps adds special ‘Ok Google’ voice searches & navigation commands for drivers (9 to 5 Google) Here’s a list of all the voice commands you can use.

The digital age has destroyed the concept of ownership, and companies are taking advantage of it (Quartz) This is a big part of the reason why many choose paper over ebooks and will not pay publishers’ high prices for something they don’t really own.

Yes, you really can judge a book by its cover (The Conversation) Do you #bookstagram? Looking at the book cover through the lens of this modern phenomenon.

International Industry Notes: PEN America on Banning Books in the USA (Publishing Perspectives) It;s noteworthy that diverse books are usually the first books to be pulled.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut (with a Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut).

In Today’s Deals, a Withings Body Cardio Heart Health and Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale. For National Coffee Day, Amazon is offering the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine.

Amazon has now released the Echo in 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 The Last Pearl by Leah Fleming. The Romance Daily Find is Home on Apple Blossom Road by Sheila Roberts.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Grand Sophy (Regency Romances Book 10) by Georgette Heyer. The Extra Daily Deal is The Complete Joy Series: Remembering Joy and Finding Joy by Jenni Moen.

Also, 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 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Jack and Joe (The Hunt for Jack Reacher series) by Diane Capri.

Google Books has a selection of Red-Hot Romance Sale with books starting at 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: What are phone jammers trying to tell us?

daily_links_1Today, a story that makes us think about our obsessive use of cell phones and why people feel entitled to jam their signals. Also, articles on the stories newspapers publish, using Google maps offline, upcoming changes to Hulu and how your memory may jeopardize your security. In deals, a monochrome laser printer and a deal on an electric shaver (graduation gift time!).

Daily Links for Monday, May 30, 2016:

How to Use Google Maps Without An Internet Connection (Time) I wish I had known about this tip last weekend when I was tooling around an unfamiliar city.

How Many Stories Do Newspapers Publish Per Day? (The Atlantic) All of these are vying for your attention. Maybe this is why we can’t keep up!

Hulu may lose most of its anime catalog come June (update) (Engadget) For years, Hulu has been the go to  service for Anime. This change will be a big change to the landscape.

What are phone jammers trying to tell us? (ComputerWorld) I found this a somewhat provocative piece. How far would you go for some peace and quiet?

Why relying on your memory could compromise your security (The Next Web) Do we overestimate our memories in this department? Or is the sheer volume of passwords and their necessary complexity just too overwhelming?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the first five books in the Stacy Justice mysteries for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8950/90 and a Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find offers a collection of books honoring men at war for Memorial Day. The Romance Daily Find is Ever After by Odessa Gillespie Black for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Midsummer Suspense Tales – Volume I Box Set by Asha King for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes War by Sebastian Junger 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: Demolition company tears down the wrong house based on an error in Google Maps

daily_links_1Today’s stories include news about Google speech recognition software for developers, Victorian attitudes on reading and a Google maps mistakes that is a real whopper! Deals include an UPS power supply and books by Max Allan Collins, Stephen King and more.

Daily Links for day, March 20, 2016:

Now you can power any app with Google’s speech recognition software (The Next Web) Developers, how about the adding voice to all the apps?

Victorian Doctors Thought Reading Novels Made Women “Incurably Insane” (History Buff) I have no words. And the corn flakes issue? Um….

Demolition company tears down the wrong house based on an error in Google Maps (9 to 5 Google) This is from the WTF department.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes several titles by Max Allan Collins. 🙂

Today’s Deals features a CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic 850VA/510-Watts Energy Efficient Desktop LCD UPS. We get brown outs so I use a UPS on each computer setup in my house.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Something Missing by Matthew Dicks for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh for $2.99, A love story, inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Medium Dead: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery for 99 cents.

Google has a selection of Topsellers Under $10 today. Included are titles from Stephen King’s Gunslinger series.

(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.