Daily Links and Deals – RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store

daily_links_1Today, the Nexus 9 is no more, an interesting piece on how old family photos find a new purpose in art, a look at the excitement that we used to find in gadgets. In Deals, Amazon is having device sales for Mother’s Day and Kobo is having a Buy One, Get One sale.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 28, 2016:

RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store (9 to 5 Google) The Nexus 9 never seemed to be as popular a device as its 7 inch brother…. And, yeah, it was overpriced.

The Digital Afterlife of Lost Family Photos (NYT) An interesting and poignant piece. How do we label this? Is it art, history or intrusion?

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector (Computer World) That story about Apple getting rid of the headphone jack in new devices is starting to sound more plausible.

Mossberg: When gadgets were king (The Verge) This story took me back. Leave a comment if you ever struggled to connect a 2400-baud modem.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, a Cinderella re-telling, for $2.99.

There’s still time for gifts for Mother’s Day! Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. 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.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France by Richard Goodman for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Uninvited by Cat Winters for $1.99.

Kobo is also having a Buy One Get One free sale, ends May 2, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel by Glenn Erik Hamilton for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Limited-Time 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.

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Daily Links: Newsonomics – Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news?

daily_links_1Newsonomics: Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news? (Nieman Lab) – Paywalls in general and paying for local news in particular are thorny issues. Is this approach a bit of a shakedown?

Mattel View Master is a blast from the past (Gear Diary) – Okay, who can resist this one? Probably not the nostalgic grownups….

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History (ReCode) – Has it really been that long?

Could the Hunger Games turn your teen into a revolutionary? (The Conversation) – Isn’t it interesting the reaction that dystopian lit gets from many parents?

And my Kindle book find of the day is the unusual vampire novel  Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Lindqvist has been referred to as “the Swedish Stephen King” and this one is a gem! The original Swedish film is highly recommended as well.

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.

Modern Library e-book sale

romanModern Library is currently having a sale on e-books on Amazon. There are over 350 titles on sale for only $2.99 each. I am not sure how long the lasts, so you may want to act quickly on these. There are lots of history, philosophy and literature titles. You can see the list here.

I am going in to start going through the list. If you don’t hear from me again, send help! This is the kind of sale a Liberal Arts major like me just can’t resist. 🙂

Back to the Future of eReading: Kindle Beginnings

With all the recent Kindle news, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the very first Kindle and the eBook climate at that point in time.  Here’s Jeff Bezos on the Charlie Rose Show in 2007 talking about the first Kindle and what Amazon was trying to accomplish.  So much has changed since then, it is unbelievable!