Daily Links and Deals: Are paper books better for children or e-books? The answer is more complex than you think

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 19,  2016:

Google Drive subscriptions will be processed & managed in Google Play starting in January (9 to 5 Google) Hopefully, this change will make it easier to purchase and manage Drive storage.

Are paper books better for children or e-books? The answer is more complex than you think (Scroll.IN) Is shared reading a factor in the E versus P equation for children?

Here are the last dates you can order presents from major retailers for guaranteed Christmas delivery (Quartz) Hint: Today is one of them.

Good news: Vine will survive, but it wont be the same (The Next Web) It is definitely Vine light, but the company is adding some features to help people migrate their followers to Twitter.

Evernote apologizes for its new privacy policy (Ars Technica)  So many people were upset about the way Evernote handled this, the company did a complete 360. Having an employee read your notes is now opt-in.

How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display (Engadget)  Netflix for fine arts? What a fun idea!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1) by Veronica Roth and Ticker by Lisa Mantchev.

In Today’s Deals, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate All in One Remote with Customizable Touch Screen and Closed Cabinet RF Control, works with Alexa.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90.  There’s an All-New Fire HD 8 Variety Pack, 32GB with two devices (choice of colors) for $200.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.)

You can still get 12 months of Kindle Unlimited for the special price of $88.99 – that’s $30 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is If I Run by Terri Blackstock. The Romance Daily Find is The Bailey Flanigan Collection: Leaving, Learning, Longing, Loving by Karen Kingsbury.

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

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Holiday Wishes by Nora Roberts  The Extra Daily Deal is Matt Helm – Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton.

Until December 25th, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O e-reader is on sale for $159.99 (with free shipping).

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 still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Ebook Gifts

mom_tattooHappy Mother’s Day!

If you still need an last minute e-book gift for your mom, here’s a few ideas:

Send an ebook as a gift

Has mom been talking about a new book she just can’t wait to read? Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks all let you buy a specific ebook as a gift. Look for the “Buy as a Gift” button on the book detail page.

Give a subscription

You can give an all-you-can-read subscription to Kindle Unlimited as a gift. It costs $9.99 and is available for gifting in 6,12,and 24 month membership terms.

The Scribd service also offers a gift subscription option.  You can select from three terms: 3 months for $25, 6 months for $50, or 1 year for $99. Scribd lets you an print out the e-card and hand-deliver it yourself.

For audiobook fans, what about a subscription to Audible?  The service features over 180,000 audio titles. Gifts are available in 3,6 and 12 month memberships. And, if there is a specific book you have in mind that you’d like to give, you can also choose to gift an individual book.

Give a gift card

If you are not sure what mom really wants, gift cards make an awesome choice. I always ask for these so I can buy books! 🙂 These are great because they work for buying both print and ebooks. So where does your mom like to shop?

If Mom has a Kindle, how about an Amazon gift card? You can send them via email or print it out an home and present to mom in person. You can even put your baby picture on it – she’ll love it.

If mom loves her Nook, a Barnes and Noble  gift card is a great gift. The cards can be redeemed online for ebooks and web order in the store.

Itunes Gift Cards make a fantastic gift if you are centered in the Apple Universe. You can get them in a range of denominations, they are available at retailers  almost everywhere or you can buy them online. And, they work for everything: apps, music, books, TV and movies or Apple music.

For Android lovers, Google Play Gift Certificates are a very versatile gift. They can be used for apps, music, books and movies from the Play store. They are available in denominations from $10. Plus, you can buy them online or pick them up a local store when you are on your way to take mom to brunch. 🙂

(Sorry Kobo fans! Kobo US does not seem to be offering the option to send a book or buy a gift card on their website.)

Daily Links – Why you can’t have everything: The Netflix licensing dilemma

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, January 15, 2016:

Why you can’t have everything: The Netflix licensing dilemma (CNET) – Unfortunately, it is all about the money…

Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases (Techcrunch) – Apple has had this feature for a long time nwo.

FCC had “productive” net neutrality talks with Comcast, AT&T, T-Mobile (Ars Technica) – Still a contention issue, but at least everyone is talking.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Long, Tall Christmas (A Cowboy Christmas)  by Janet Dailey for $1.99 and The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson for 99 cents.

And just a reminder: Amazon is offering free streaming ofMozart in the Jungle Season  from tonight from 9:00 p.m. PT to 11:59 p.m. local time on Sunday,  January 17th. You can buy Amazon Prime for the reduced price of just $73 until then, too.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  The Finish: The Progress of a Murder Uncovered by Angela Elliott for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Forever Year: The Hearts of Men Book 1 by Lou Aronica for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable for $1.99.

The iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama 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: Google Play Books rife with Malware?

daily linksDigital Life:

Google Play Books is Rife With Malware, Phishing Scams (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

Consumers Want It Both Ways: Free Content With No Tracking (PBS)

Do You Pick Gadgets Based on the Accessories? (Gear Diary)

Google caves to porn lovers, rescinds Blogger ban on adult content (Ars Technica)

In A World Where Email No Longer Exists (Techcrunch)

Broadband and Telephone:

FTC to award $25,000 for the best honeypot design to trap robocalls (Ars Technica)

Gaming and Streaming:

‘HBO Now’ Standalone Streaming Service Could Launch in Time for Game of Thrones (Mediaite)

Theaters dig in heels, refuse to show Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation (Ars Technica)

Sling TV’s Web-TV Service Attracts at Least 100,000 Sign-Ups in Its First Month (Recode)

Comcast is not saying when it will make HBO Go available on the PS4 (Ars Technica)

Rock Band 4 will thrash in 2015—and so will its old guitars, drums, DLC (Ars Technica)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

6 easy ways to control your Android phone from your tablet (Tab Times)

Five Sites to Help You Find Your Next Read (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

iPad screen protectors – Do you need one? (Tab Times)
 
 Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals include history, romance and childrens titles.

The Nook Find of the Day is What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Zom-B by Darren Shan for $2.99.

E-Ink E-readers:  Amazon is still offering the basic Kindle  for $59. Kobo’s website says that is offering its Aura e-reader for $99.99. However, I can only get it to show up in my cart for its regular price of $129.99 when I try to checkout. I am not sure if the sale is over or the sale price is not yet in effect. I’d advise checking prices before you purchase.

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.

 

Daily Links: Google Play Sends Refund Emails

googleGoogle starts sending refund emails for unauthorized app purchases (Android Central)

When great ideas arrive before their time, (Digital Reader)

Kindle Android app 4.8 adds new features (Ebook Reader)

Brasil and Asia are key emerging books rights territories (Publishing Perspectives)

Ebooks can tell which novels you didn’t finish (The Guardian)

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.