Daily Links and Deals: INDIA – Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, November 14, 2016:

Your iPhone’s has a hidden signal strength meter (ZD Net) This hack shows you how to use it.

Signal Downloads Spiked After Election Results (Motherboard) Post-election, encrypted messaging app Signal has a lot of new users.

Federal judge orders Amazon to refund in-app purchases made by children (The Verge) Amazon is paying the price for not warning parents about in-app purchases in children’s games.

Amazon Japan’s manga-centric Kindle is all about storage (Engadget) Alook at a Manga-optimized Kindle sold by Amazon Japan.

INDIA: Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1 (The Hindu Business Line) A 15 percent excise tax is designed to level the playing field for domestic retailers.

AdultFriendFinder network hack exposes 412 million accounts (ZD Net) This adult dating and entertainment company’s poor security practices are supposedly to blame for the breach.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shady Cross by James Hankins.

In Today’s Deals, RAVPower battery power banks.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is NIV, Lifehacks Bible, eBook: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits by Kevin DeYoung. The Romance Daily Find is Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Kobo Presents The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Helfers, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, and many others. The Extra Daily Deal is Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy Book 1) by J.R. Ward.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Careless People by Sarah Churchwell.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.

Free Digital Comics and Graphic Novels

walking_deadLooking for digital comics and graphic novels that you can read in an ebook format or online? There is actually a lot of free content available, particularly if you like older comics. Here’s a look at a few of the options out there:

Your Library

This is the first place to look! Most libraries offer some digital comics as part of the digital collections. The collection will vary from library to library and depend on the delivery service your library uses (Overdrive, Hoopla, etc).

Free

Newer comics:

Dark Horse Comics: Retailer Dark Horse offers a selection of over a hundred digital comics that can be downloaded for free. (App for Web, iOS, Android)

DriveThruComics: Retailer DriveThruComics offers a large selection of free and pay-what-you-want comics along with their regular paid selections.

ComiXology:  ComiXology (owned by Amazon) has a selection of curated free comics that includes Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more.

Amazon: Since Amazon bought out Comixology, they have a whole category of Comics and Graphic novels on the site. You can search by price from low to high and find a large number of free comics.

Older comics:

ComicBookPlus: Comicbookplus has a huge collection of Silver and Golden age comics, as well as comic strips, non-English comics and pulp fiction graphic novels.

Digital Comic Museum:  The Digital Comics Museum offers over 15.000 free comics. All were published before 1959 and are in the public domain.

The Internet Archive:  The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of works in the public domain. Includes manga and Ace comics and so much more. They are always adding new items to their collection.

The Pulp Fiction Archive: The Pulp Fiction Archive has also some comics in its collection.

Included with Books Subscriptions

Kindle Unlimited: Over 6,000 comics are available in the Kindle Unlimited all-you-can read subscription service.

Scribd: Scribd has a number of comic in their catalog, including Marvel, Dynamite and other publishers. How much content is available

Comic Subscriptions

If you are a heavy comics reader, there are several services that do all-comic subscription services.

Marvel Unlimited: Marvel Unlimited is a $9.99 per month subscription service that offers only comics from the Marvel comic universe.

Comicblitz (iOS comaptibilty only) Comicblitz is a comic subscription service that offers an all-you-can-read selection of thousands of comics and graphic novels from various publishers. $9.99 per month. (You get 5 free issues on signup.)

(This is a updated and expanded version of  a previous post, Free Comic Books. )

Daily Links and Deals: Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, March 20, 2016:

Okay Google, now write all my emails  (The Next Web) Self-answering emails sounds wonderful! Wouldn’t you love for Google to answer all your emails?

Downloading MP3s from Spotify is easy but  feels dated (Torrent Freak) A command line prompt? Okay, sure….

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet (Techcrunch) Randome numbers and quantum computers – this could be a total complete game changer.

Farewell, Pagination (Slate) It is about time. Pagination on web pages? That is so yesterday….

Algorithmic feeds force us to compete (Techcrunch) Recent changes to Instagram and Twitter may have unintended consequences.

Japan plans to open national manga museum (Chicago Tribune) A museum for manga and anime? What a great idea!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman and Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily, a retelling of the Peter Pan story. Both books are $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has some interesting Lego sets and tons of toys today. Most of my online friends collect, LOL! And yes, those Kindle Fire 8.9 HDXs are still reduced.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Finn (Blue-Collar Billionaires #2) by M. Malone for $99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is My Kind of Wonderful Cedar Ridge (Book #2) by Jill Shalvis.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Names by Don DeLillio 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.