Daily Links and Deals: London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’

daily_links_1Today, a story about a new initiative to bring books to prisoners in London jails. Also, Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund, citizens are asked to open their WiFi to help with the earthquake rescue in Italy and more. Today’s deals include a Lenovo laptop and deals on Daredevil comics.

Daily Links for day, August 25, 2016:

Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world (Techcrunch) Amazon’s initiative allows schools and 501(c)(3) organizations to make donation requests.

Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords (Engadget) To facilitate rescue efforts, people are being asked to open up their WiFi networks for allow aid workers and people needing help to use online services to communicate.

A book purge has reawakened a love of books (The Lima News) A book purge using the “spark joy” method from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up had a surprising result.

Smashwords Alerts Notifies Readers of New Releases from Favorite Authors (Smashwords) This new feature makes it easier to keep track of new works by your faves.

London prisoners to get free ‘Books in Nicks’ (The Bookseller) Last year, there as a plan floated to deny prisoners books. Now they plan to give them away instead.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes several Daredevil Comics collections.

In Today’s Deals, a Lenovo Thinkpad T460 14″ Laptop, a Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum (Certified Refurbished), and a Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. The Romance Daily Find is Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy Series #1) by Stephanie Tyler.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dream Man by Linda Howard. The Extra Daily Deal is Game Theory: A Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller by Colleen Cross.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Isn’t this a great title? 🙂

Google Books has a selection of Hot 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.

Library Corner: 1-20-2016

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

Penn Libraries’ OPenn Manuscript Portal to Host the Country’s Largest Regional Collections of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts (Penn Libraries)

Wisconsin: Bill: Overdue library book? Police notified. (Fon du Lac Reporter/USA Network)

A playful turn for libraries (Harvard Gazette)

International Library News:

UK: Access to Research given green light to continue (Publishers Licensing Society)

Canada:Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada working together on new central branch (CBC News)

UK: Snooper’s charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users’ data (The Guardian)

Italy: 4.5 Million Italians Have Read an eBook in the Past Three Months (The Digital Reader)

Russian minister vows investigation after ‘book burning’ at college libraries (The Telegraph UK)

Policy and Privacy:

Aspen Institute Launches Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library (Aspen Institute)


Flickr Commons – Going Strong! (LOC)

How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain (Priceonomics)

Reference and Statistics:

Economics: FRASER Database Adds Browse by Subject Feature, 1000+ Subjects Available (Infodocket)

Launch and Learn: Our New History Hub Pilot Project (National Archives AOTUS)

A New U.S. House Oversight and Gov Reform Committee Staff Report Says FOIA is “Broken” (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

U.S. Homophile Internationalism: Archive and Exhibit (Out History)

29 Sketchbooks by Renowned Artist Richard Diebenkorn, Containing 1,045 Drawings, Now Freely Viewable Online (Open Culture)

Camden, Maine Public Library Joins the Flickr Commons (Infodocket)

815 Free Art Books from World Class Museums: The Met, the Guggenheim, the Getty & LACMA (Open Culture)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.