Daily Links and Deals: Free Comic Book Day 2016 is Saturday, May 7th!

daily_links_1Today, a heads up on free comic book Day. Also, free books by Freud,  a look at the digital future of art books, and a text to speech tool that looks helpful. In deals, there’s a tiny computer  and a Yamaha speaker, as well as last call on Kobos, Kindles and some Fire tablets for Mother’s Day. You bought her one, right?

Daily Links for Friday, May 6, 2016:

10 Inventions That The Simpsons Totally Predicted (Sploid) Who knew that Springfield was the center of the tech universe?

Download Great Works by Sigmund Freud as Free eBooks & Free Audio Books: A Digital Celebration on His 160th Birthday (Open Culture) An opportunity to read it from the source. 🙂

HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads (Techcrunch) Sigh. As a consumer, this is not what I want. Why don’t publishers just want to let us buy book from whoever we want to?

Free Comic Book Day 2016 is Saturday, May 7th! (Free Comic Book Day) It’s the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day!

Embracing the Digital Future of Art Books (Getty Iris) As more and more museum collections move online, art is becoming more accessible, especially to scholars doing research.

Men Have Book Clubs, Too (NYT) All I can say is OMG! Just OMG. Totally new perspective here about book clubs….

50,000+ eBooks by Project Gutenberg are Now Available as Free Audiobooks (PR Web) Next text-to-speech? This does books, web pages and more.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes a selection of Civil War graphic novels from the Marvel Universe for just $2.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Desktop Computer and a Yamaha NS-AW570BL Speaker.

Last call for Mother’s Day delivery on Kindles and Fire Tablets:  Almost out of time for delivery by Sunday. Amazon is still offering-ink Kindles at $20 off regular prices on the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle. 

There are several promotions on Fire tablets. The 7″ Fire (normally $49.99) is only still only $39.99. Amazon is also offering savings on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions) and the Fire HD 10 is $50 off for a limited time. There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

And, yes, I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: A Novel by Alan Sillitoe for $3.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Baron Next Door: A Prelude to a Kiss Novel by Erin Knightley for $2.99.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack  is a B & N exclusive until May 20. You can also pre-order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Soundtrack (vinyl) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Laser-Etched Edition!  (also vinyl)  See the site for details and release dates.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo for $1.99. The extra deal is the bundle Mangrove Island Box Set, Books 1-7 by Neve Cottrell for $4.99.

And, you can still get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included.

The Kobo also has a monthly special 3 for 2 deal features books by  Grace Burrowes. The special runs until the end of month of May.:)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan for $1.99.

Google Books has a Binge-Read on Bundles selection.

(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: Public Domain Day

pdd2015Happy Public Domain Day!

January 1st is the day when new titles whose copyrights have expired enter the public domain. Unless you live in the US, that is. Thanks to laws which have extended the length of the copyright term, no new previously published works are entering the public domain until 2019. I THINK THIS IS A TRAVESTY. To read about the titles  by authors such as Issac Asimov, Ian Fleming,  Rachael Carson, and Martin Luther King that could have been freely available, take a look at the Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Domain website. For Canada and countries in the EU with sensible laws, enjoy!

Apple offers EU customers 14-day money-back returns on e-purchases: “No questions asked” digital refunds for iTunes, iBooks, and apps (but not in US) (Ars Technica)

HarperCollins Wipes Israel Off the Map (Digital Reader)

The Interview earns a stunning $15M from online sales:  Sony got close to the $20 million weekend it was aiming for (Ars Technica)

Today in the Amazon bonus Gold Box deal, there are  Over 40 Books to Jump-Start New Year’s Resolutions  for $2.99 or less. These include books on fitness, diet, goal-setting, inspirational  and more.


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 links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.




Daily Links: jet Blue and Harper Collins

jetblueFrom Digital Bookworld, Books take flight: HarperCollins partners with Jet Blue.

Rumors of a Kindle Unlimited launch in Brazil in early 2015, from The Digital Reader.com

From CNN, The new Taiwan nightclub competitor: A bookstore! 

A holiday shopping warning: Sony ebook gift cards still being sold online. from The Ebook Reader.

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.

What’s in your ebook bill of rights?

One of the big issues over this last week has been Harper Collins’ announcement that they were placing limits on how many times a library book may be circulated. The last-minute announcement broadsided librarians and readers alike. (There are roundups of the blog entries and media coverage available and  you can follow the discussion on Twitter under the hashtag #HCOD.) EDIT: Sorry, but that hashtag no longer has the same meaning and that information is no longer available.

Ironically, the new limits went into effect on March 7, 2011, right at the beginning of Read an Ebook Week.

Those discussions have yielded a lot of interesting ideas about accessibility, DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the future of ebooks. One of these ideas is the aggressive promotion of an eBook User’s Bill of Rights, most frequently the one offered by Sarah Houghton-Jan on her blog, Librarian in Black.

Sarah’s bill of rights focuses on:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

Well known tech blogger Mike Cane tackled this subject as well on his own blog last August in his article the Ebook Buyer’s Bill of Rights.   His bill of rights focuses mainly on issues involving appearance and functionality: covers, table of content, bookmarks. Formatting issues are also important in his version:

3) You have the right to proper formatting by default.
a) Formatting should mirror a proper printed book.
b) Paragraphs should have indents without spaces between paragraphs.
c) Only after such proper default formatting should a reader be able to mix things up via a device’s software settings (typesize, spacing, margins — in other words, reflow overrides).

A site called the Reader’s Bill of Rights promotes rights for readers of digital books. Created by librarian Alycia Sellie and technologist Matthew Goins, the site advocates critical looks at the downsides of ereader technology and has an anti-DRM stance. The powerful graphic for Libraians against DRM shown above comes from their site. (Note that this site was registered in April 2010, well before the Harper Collins OverDrive announcement.) Its bill of rights focuses more on DRM and accessibility.

The Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books:
1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials
2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety
3. Digital Books should be in an open format (e.g. you could read on a computer, not just a device)
4. Choice of hardware to access books (e.g. in 3 years when your device has broken, you can still read your book on other hardware)
5. Reader information will remain private (what, when and how we read will not be stored, sold or marketed)

The site also has an interesting blog entry about the ALA president speaking out about this issue on Facebook. The entry links to one of the best arguments I have ever seen for NOT joining the social networking giant.

Each of these rights statements makes it extremely clear that they are meant to be starting points for the conversation about rights. It is also quite obvious that each author has different priorities that are important to them, whether it is the first sale doctrine or DRM.

What I personally find extremely surprising, given all the discussion about eBook prices, is that none of these rights statements even mentions the concept of the price of digital books as an important factor.

How about you?  Is there something that you think should be included in an ebook bill of rights?  Is a fair price something you would like to see as part of the discussion?