Daily Links and Deals: Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone

daily_links_1Today, a look at your actual legal rights regarding rooting and jailbreaking your phone (as opposed to what manufacturers may tell you). Also, Barnes and Noble fires its CEO, there are new Hogwarts stories coming from J.K. Rowling, and author Philippa Gregory wants accuracy in films made from her books. In deals, savings on Vizio TVs, laptops and back to school bargains on Kindle and Fire device.

Daily Links for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward (Ars Technica) Although it is being allowed to continue, this case has a lot of hurdles to clear in order to succeed.

Barnes & Noble drops its CEO after deeming him ‘not a good fit’ (Techcrunch) Sigh. They might try looking for someone who has actually sold books or worked in the industry….

J.K. Rowling to publish new ‘Stories from Hogwarts’ in 3 eBooks this September (Hypable) Wasn’t the play supposed to be the final bit in the series?

Philippa Gregory insists on ‘fact clause’ in film contracts (The Bookseller) Given filmmakers’ tendencies to put drama over actual facts, this should be interesting.

Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone (Motherboard) Do you know what your legal rights are concerning your phone. This suggests that a lot of people don’t.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel by Robert Crais.

In Today’s DealsVIZIO 1080p Smart LED TV (various sizes), an ASUS ZenBook Pro Signature Edition Laptop (Certified Refurbished) and a Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished) – Corded.

In other deals, back to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and$20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore. The Romance Daily Find is The Asset
by Anna del Mar.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Whites A Novel by Richard Price, Harry Brandt. The Extra Daily Deal is Something in the House
A Supernatural Mystery by D. L. Lewis.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes With or Without You by Domenica Ruta.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals ebooks at 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.

J.K. Rowling and the incredibly expensive unreadable ebook

Well, I have to ask: Is this the future of ebooks?

Today, probably the biggest book of the fall season, J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy, was released today. Folks have already been outraged by the unbelievable price of $17.99. (Remember, that is the price simply for the privilege of a license to download and read it –  you don’t actually own it or anything.)

And it that wasn’t hard enough to swallow, that ebook you paid all that money to pre-order was basically unreadable. You can see pictures of the formatting at PaidContent.

The price and formatting issues, as well as actual criticism and feedback on Rowling’s first adult novel add a surreal element. The varying points of view on this can be seen in the flurry of reviews on the book’s Amazon page which seem to break down into the following categories:

    1. Reviews based on the book’s price.
    2. Reviews based on the book’s formatting.
    3. Reviews based on the fact that people liked Harry Potter.
    4. Reviews from people who actually claim that they have read the book.

While this was said to be an unusual situation and the problem has supposedly been fixed, those of us who have been buying ebooks for a while now have a somewhat more cynical opinion. The truth is, typos, scanning artifacts and formatting issues are all too common in ebooks that publishers want to charge top dollar for. If major publishers can’t get it right on a release this big, I truly fear for the future of traditional publishing.