Daily Links and Deals: Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 5,  2016:

Report: Microsoft’s Home Hub will chase Amazon’s Alexa and Echo as a software service (PC World) So now Cortana is getting into the game too?

Hisense A2 leaked: dual-screen phone with AMOLED and E Ink displays (Liliputing) For us e-ink lovers, this is one to watch. Of course, after being disappointed that the Yodaphone never became readily available here in the US, I am not holding my breath.

Why didn’t Google make Chromebooks a priority this holiday season? (Engadget) Love my Chromebook, but they really need to clarify what they are doing. I’m not buying a new one until the market stabilizes.

Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels (The SEM Post)  Buying books may have just gotten easier. This is actually a nice feature. I was surprised that you get a list of vendors instead of just Google Play Books.

Amazon kills the checkout line in new Amazon Go concept store (ZD Net) Wow, would this make shopping easier, although I have a few privacy concerns.

Put one of these Plume pods in each room to blanket your home in Wi-Fi (CNET) Interesting idea. I’d love to see how this works in practice.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye.

In Today’s Deals, a Fire Tablet-Amazon Tap bundle that costs less than the Tap alone!  Includes a Fire Tablet, 7” Display, 16 GB – includes Special Offers plus Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. The Romance Daily Find is Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2) by Jay Crownover.

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 Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel (Book 1) by Kelly Jamieson. The Extra Daily Deal is Independence Day: Crucible (The Official Prequel) by Greg Keyes.

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’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Numero Zero by Umberto Eco.

Google Books has a selection of Big Book Deals.

(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: IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 22,  2016:

Watch out: ɢoogle.com isn’t the same as Google.com (The Next Web) Did you know that you can use unicode symbols in domain names?

Netflix feels like Blockbuster these days (The Verge) A look at whether Netflix’s recommendations become less personal.

Office Depot caught claiming out-of-box PCs showed “symptoms of malware” (Ars Technica) Two words: Lenovo. Superfish.

Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive (Techcrunch) I think I could really use this one, especially for trips to the grocery store.

IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books (Publishing Perspectives) Who would have guessed that high VAT prices would have a negative effect on ebook buying? Hint: almost anyone who purchases ebooks.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor.

Free Audiobook: Invisible Man: A Novel by Ralph Ellison (Audible – Unabridged Edition).

In Today’s Deals, up to 50% Off Calvin Klein clothing.

Black Friday Deals Week is starting! If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a selection of 25 books priced at just $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Book 1) by Agatha Christie. The Extra Daily Deal is Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel by Ilona Andrews.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbø.

Google Books has a selection of Big Deals.

(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: Build 14971 offers a better way to read PDFs, e-books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, November 18,  2016:

Google+ Sign-In method for third-party apps and services finally being replaced (9 to 5 Google) It’s more than just a different logo….

Apple Acknowledges iPhone ‘Touch Disease,’ Wants You to Pay $149 to Fix It (Motherboard) A charge is ridiculous after all the reports of the problem.At some point, there needs to be a fix for companies not coming clean about defects.

Amazon Alexa to send hands-free text messages for AT&T customers (ZD Net) I want this! Your move, T-Mobile.

Dog Parker is a high-tech parking spot… for your dog (The Next Web) I love how technology is making being a pet parent easier. My dog wants to know if it dispenses treats.

Build 14971 offers a better way to read PDFs, e-books, Paint 3D Preview, & more (The Windows Club News) Soon, you’ll be able to read DRM-free epub files in your Edge browser. Not sure that that’s exactly a better way, but…

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes burners by Bob Mayer, Deb Cavanaugh.

In Today’s Deals, a Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet vacuum.

Today onlyAmazon Prime will be available for just $79.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Just Life: A Novel by Neil Abramson. The Romance Daily Find is The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D.M. Smith.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Just Life: A Novel by Neil Abramson.  The Extra Daily Deal is The Orphan Mother A Novel by Robert Hicks.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Gone with the Mind by Mark Leyner.

Google Books has a selection of Big Deals.

(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 Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help

daily_links_1Today, a look at what librarians are doing with their time in the age of Google. Also, Samsung is making the Galaxy Note 7 recall official, Pac-Man is still pretty cool and what the AirPods will do for the future of A.I. In deals, a iRobot Roomba and a deal on a basic Kindle two pack.

Daily Links for Monday, September 12, 2016:

The Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help (Take Part) People using Google to look up things they used to ask librarians. They are doing some amazing things with that “free” time.

Official recall for exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones coming, Samsung and US confirm (PC World) So far, the recall has been voluntary, but that’s about to change.

Pac-Man Is Still Cool (Motherboard) There’s a new Pac-Man in town and he makes us remember why we loved the game in the first place.

When A.I. whispers in your ear all day (Computer World) Is this what Apple’s new AirPods mean for the future?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Pet Friendly by Sue Pethick.

In Today’s Deals, a iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuuming Robot – Robotic Vacuum. Amazon is also featuring a limited-time special for the basic model Kindles. Buy two and use a coupon code “TWOPACK40” at checkout.and get $40 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner. The Romance Daily Find is Tied Score by Elia Winters.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is the Grayson Brothers Series Boxed Set by Wendy Lindstrom for 99 cents. The Extra Daily Deal is Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura Oneand the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Dear Husband: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates.

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: The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8

daily_links_1Today, an article that speculates on the reason the headphone jack is disappearing from the iPhone 7. Also, the war between Facebook and ad blockers is getting interesting, Microsoft backs down on cancelling Windows 7 support, Gooogle+ is no longer a requirement and archivists struggle with now obsolete formats to preserve the past. In deals, save on the Fire HD 6 and the HD 10.

Daily Links for Friday, August 12, 2016:

Ad blockers circumvent Facebook’s unblockable ads (PC World) And, to counter, now Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround (Techcrunch). This promises to be interesting, doesn’t it?

Microsoft relents on shorter Windows 7 support decree (Computer World) The tech giant is backing off ending support for older versions of the OS.

The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8 (Mashable) So maybe the headphone jack goes missing now so we can all vent our anger on this iteration of the iPhone, allowing the next one to prosper.

Archivists Grapple With Problems Of Preserving Recent Culture Held On Tape Cassettes And Floppy Drives (Techdirt) It used to be the case that all our records were on paper, That’s changed over the last 30 years and presents challenges for archivists and historians.

The Google Play Store is stripping away most tie-ins to Google+ (PC World) No, you are not going to need a Google+ account to use most services any more.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet is also on sale for $50 off.

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes  Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level by Ryan Levesque and Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Lost Treasures of R&B by Nelson George. The Romance Daily Find is Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad by Liz Langley.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert. The Extra Daily Deal is Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals’ books for up to 75% off.

(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: Tape recording was introduced 70 years ago today

daily_links_1Today marks the 70th anniversary of tape recording, the antecedent of the state of media today. Also, a look at IVR systems and why we hate “pressing 1 for customer service”, a how-to for erasing hard drives,  the demise of flash on Chrome (mostly) and more. In deals, a rechargeable battery charger kit and a Roku streaming stick for $40.

Daily Links for Monday, May 16, 2016:

How to really erase any drive — even SSDs — in 2016 (ZDNet) How to wipe a computer before disposal has always been an issue. In today’s world where we do everything from shopping to banking online, correctly erasing your data from your hard drive is even more important than ever.

Tape recording was introduced 70 years ago today (Recode) Do you think Bing Crosby when you think about tape recording? You should. This fascinating article about the invention of tape recording  explains the the history of the medium that really kicked off the revolution in home entertainment.

6 ways to put an end to the ‘press 1 for…’ customer experience (The Next Web) If, like me, you consider IVR (Interactive Voice Response) systems part of the bane of modern existence, you may find this interesting.

Google to block Flash by default on most sites for Chrome users (ComputerWorld) Google means it this time: Goodbye Flash! Well…, mostly anyway.

Over-the-Air Antennas Are Making a Comeback (Motherboard) While these are not your grandmother’s rabbit ears, a surprising number of people are opting for cord cutting via over-the-air broadcasts.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success by David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz for

In Today’s DealsPanasonic Eneloop Power Pack for 10AA, 4AAA Colored Cells Advanced Battery Charger and $10 off the Roku Streaming Stick (3600R).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Love, Honor, and Betray (Reverend Curtis Black Series #8) by Kimberla Lawson Roby for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Hush by Karen Robards for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Evidence Series Box Set Volume 1: Books 1-3 by Rachel Grant for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore for $$1.99.

Google Books has a Limited-Time Deals promotion.

(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.

The Friday Echo: Alexa Can Now Track Your Amazon Packages!

echoI recently bought both the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Tap. We’ve actually been having a lot of fun with them around here. 🙂 I will be writing reviews on the products over the next few weeks (I’ve had the Tap longer and wanted to be able to fairly compare it with the Echo before I reviewed.)

One of the things I have discovered is that there is a bit of a learning curve to using Alexa. Not for her, but for the humans trying to learn to use her. Alexa is all about phraseology and keywords, I have found. (It is a bit different than Siri or OK, Google (Google Now) because Alexa does different things.) So, I am currently working on learning how to work with both the Echo and the Tap. As I learn what the two can do, I will be sharing news articles, tips and so on in a new column, The Friday Echo. Bet you can’t guess what day it will be posted on! 🙂

Alexa Can Now Track Your Amazon Packages! (Love My Echo) This is an incredibly nifty new feature for Alexa. She can now tell you when your next Amazon package will arrive. She only seems to be able to handle one package at a time, so I wouldn’t be giving here order numbers just yet, but this is a promising integration with Amazon’s system that personally, I would like to see more of.

This battery makes the Amazon Echo portable (The Verge) Okay. So a company made a battery stand for the Echo so that you can then move it around the house. That’s like basically turning it into an Amazon Tap without the button right? Well, not exactly. The Echo can only connect your home network. The Tap is designed to connect to other networks and hotspots.  While I can see the allure of moving Alexa around the house (sometimes I want her in the kitchen), this is a unusual solution, especially as Amazon already solved the problem with the Tap. Note that the Verge’s article employs humor and a hint of sarcasm.

Report: Google has an Amazon Echo competitor coming named ‘Chirp’ (The Next Web) The Echo has proved to be pretty popular and Amazon has sold out of them several times. Now Google wants one, too. It’s not clear if that desire to create a home device comes from is the number of Echo and Tap units sold or the data that is being collected from the device’s use. But seriously, “Chirp”? It needs a better name than that to compete with the likes of Alexa, Siri and Cortana. Okay, Google?

One year after Alexa: Amazon’s Echo has found a small but smart niche (Ars Technica) This article is an interesting case study in what it is like to like to use the Amazon Echo and Alexa. I found the pros and cons pretty much consistent with my experience of using the Echo and the Tap. And check out the video! It gives you a nice real world run through of the Echo’s features, although it doesn’t give you Alexa’s “I wasn’t able to understand the question I heard” response.

Echo Guides: There are quite a few guides written for the Amazon Echo. Not surprisingly, many of the guides written for the devices are available in Kindle Unlimited. I have started reading through them so I can make some recommendations for good basic beginner’s guides. Stay tuned.

Just for Fun: Ask Alexa what zodiac sign she is.