Daily Links and Deals: Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

daily_links_1Today, The Supreme Court declined to hear the Google Books case, Tidal is getting sued, we are getting 360 video and Amazon is starting to unbundle its Prime subscription. In deals, we have Belkin surge protectors, Cuisinart grills and Fire Tablet  and Kindle deals.

Daily Links for Monday, April 18, 2016:

Android VS iOS: How They Compare (Tab Times) Nice comparison of the two systems.

Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity (Techcrunch) In an age where every service is offering something different and exclusive, we may be seeing more of this kind of story in the tech world.

Amazon has built a subscription launchpad with Amazon Prime (Techcrunch)  Amazon Prime can now be bought by the month and so can Amazon Prime Video.  This article talks about what Amazon may really be trying to accomplish with the move.

Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case (Ars Technica) Agree or disagree – at least it is over!

YouTube introduces live 360 video, the gateway drug to virtual reality (The Verge) Here we go. The beginning of experiencing the world without leaving your house.

Google Play Music officially has podcasts for the Web and Android (The Next Web) Be aware that you probably won’t see all of your favorite podcast. It’s not on iOS yet. Google’s terms say they do not sharing revenue with podcasters, so a lot of people passed on enrolling.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Clockwork Scarab and The Spiritglass Charade, the first two books in the Stoker & Holmes YA series by Colleen Gleason for $1.99 each. There is plenty of vampire hunting and mystery solving for the protagonists who happen to be the sister of Bram Stoker and the neice of Sherlock Holmes.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 60% off select Belkin surge protectors, up to 60% off select Cuisinart Grilling products and a  SINGER 3232 Simple Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, deals on pre-owned Fire tablets and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour by Mitchell Symons for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Rogue’s Proposal (House of Trent Series #2) by Jennifer Haymore for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Killing Game by Toni Anderson for $99 cents.

LAST DAY! Select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store until April 18, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder for $2.99.

Google has a limited time promotion that includes some interesting cookbooks, including BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery by  Erin McKenna for $1.99. (Also at Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

(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 and Deals: Which Generation is Most Distracted by Their Phones?

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 27, 2016:

Which Generation is Most Distracted by Their Phones? (Priceonomics) – No, it’s not who you think!

Read: The full run of If magazine, scanned at the Internet Archive (Boing Boing) – ALL OF THEM! ALL OF THEM! THEY HAVE ALL OF THEM!

National Library of Australia Releases 40,000 Hi-Res Public Domain Maps Online (Infodocket) – This is an amazing collection, especially if you are a map lover.

How to Stream Audiobooks and Podcasts From the Cloud on the iPad and iPhone (The Digital Reader)  – Great tips on how to stream from the cloud on IOS.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals features Oscar tie-ins at up to 80% off. Have a favorite? There are so many good ones: The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, Life of Pi,  Mary Poppins, or maybe The Silence of the Lambs?

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente, Charlie Bowater for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Aching for Always by Gwyn Cready for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Room by Emma Donoghue for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick Mcgillian 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 and Deals: How to “Brick” Any 64-bit iOS Device in 6 Easy Steps!

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, February 12, 2016:

I Still Use Plain Text for Everything, and I Love It (Lifehacker) – Interesting alternative to multiple apps and programs.

Congress passes permanent ban on Internet access taxes (Ars Technica) – No to taxing the Internet…

Time Inc buys what is left of MySpace for its user data (The Guardian) – So, I’m confused. Is MySpace going away now?

Dish to disable DVR ad-skip for 7 days after broadcast to resolve Fox suit (Ars Technica) – Disturbing ruling for those of us who don’t like commercials.

This adblocker-blocker helps you get around sites that ban you for hiding ads ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (The Next Web) – This stuff is starting to make my head hurt….

Apple’s Already Being Sued Over the ‘Error 53’ Issue (Gizmodo) – Did Apple brick your phone because you took it to a 3rd party repair shop? There’s a lawsuit for that!

How to “Brick” Any 64-bit iOS Device in 6 Easy Steps! (Gear Diary) – Do not try this at home, folks!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes he first 10 books in Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mystery series.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25) by M. C. Beaton for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is also Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25) by M. C. Beaton for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Richard Wright’s Black Boy for $1.99.

Google is offering a special promotion on Google Play Music subscriptions for $4.99 a month. You can buy 1, 3 and 6 month gift subscription. It includes YouTube Red, but alas, does not apply to the family plan. The offer is good until Febrary 15, 2016.

(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: A Crazy Little Hack For Getting Large Book Files Into The Kindle App On iOS

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, January 23, 2016:

A Crazy Little Hack For Getting Large Book Files Into The Kindle App On iOS (Lean Pub) – File to big for Send to Kindle or Amazon to transfer? Here’s a workaround.

Ownership and Copyright Law: Legal Fences Between You and Your Purchases (CDT) – Good overview and a link to where the US copyright office wants your feedback.

Just say no to 16 gigabytes of storage in 2015 (Android Central) –  Well, it seems like even 16GBs just don’t cut it anymore.

Guilt And Shame As A UI Design Element (Buzzfeed) – It’s not just ad blockers and subscription. More website using guilt to manipulate readers.

Fun New eBooks Help Kids Discover MyPlate (USDA) – The US govenment offers free ebooks to help children understand the new MY Plate recommendations.

How to Print From the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet (or Any Other Android Tablet) (The Digital Reader) – Need to print from your Kindle or your tablet? Here’s some tips!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes a selection of thrillers by C.G Cooper and romances by Carolyn Brown. The entire list is here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Cereal Murders (Culinary Mystery Series #3) by Diane Mott Davidson for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Divergent by Veronica Roth for $1.99. And, through 2-1-2015, Kobo is having a Buy 2, Get 1 free sale!

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 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: Weekend Edition

daily_links_1This weekend’s interesting article finds:

The Smartphone Lifetime Challenge (ReCode) _ The future of the smartphone market may be driven not by innovation, but by how often we choose to upgrade our devices.

Reservoir Devs: Why apps really hit iOS before Android (The Next Web) – As an Android owner, I always get frustrated by the IOS-first tendency for apps. This is an interesting look at why.

Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to Watch. It’s a New Genre. (NYT) – Fascinating article that looks at the evolution of how we are watching.

Abbott and Costello heirs lose copyright suit against Broadway play over ‘Who’s on First’ bit (USA News) – What? Is it any wonder we are confused about what constitutes fair use?

The Evolution of Autoplay (Nieman Lab) – A look at that feature we all love to hate…

Decode those weird symbols on the back of your phone (CNET) – We see these all the time, but do you know what they mean?

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: Blackberry Classic launches today

Blackberry classicFor die-hard Blackberry fans, the factory unlocked BlackBerry Classic smartphone launched today for just $449. (Amazon)

Bloomsbury joins Oyster (Oysterbooks blog)

Macmillian reaches contract with Amazon, will try subscription services (Publishers Weekly)

Budapest’s beautiful book stations (Teleread)

Several IOS apps were updated:

Comcast will finally let Roku owners stream HBO and Showtime (Recode)

Amazon brings Kindle Unlimited to France and Brazil (Ebook Reader)

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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: KU and Google Play expand overseas, more

From Teleread, the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program finally launches in the UK.

Google Play Books launches in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine, from The Digital Reader.

From Publishers, weekly, Mother of Columbine Shooter sells her memoir to Crown books; the proceeds are going to charity.

You may have heard that Barnes and Noble no longer allows you to download your e-book purchases via the web. The Digital Reader offers a work around here.

And from Recode, This new IOS update is causing problems. Here’s a survival guide.

Worse than Heartbleed? There a bug in the BASH shell that affects Linux, Unix, even  OS X.

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.