Daily Links and Deals: Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 5,  2016:

Report: Microsoft’s Home Hub will chase Amazon’s Alexa and Echo as a software service (PC World) So now Cortana is getting into the game too?

Hisense A2 leaked: dual-screen phone with AMOLED and E Ink displays (Liliputing) For us e-ink lovers, this is one to watch. Of course, after being disappointed that the Yodaphone never became readily available here in the US, I am not holding my breath.

Why didn’t Google make Chromebooks a priority this holiday season? (Engadget) Love my Chromebook, but they really need to clarify what they are doing. I’m not buying a new one until the market stabilizes.

Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels (The SEM Post)  Buying books may have just gotten easier. This is actually a nice feature. I was surprised that you get a list of vendors instead of just Google Play Books.

Amazon kills the checkout line in new Amazon Go concept store (ZD Net) Wow, would this make shopping easier, although I have a few privacy concerns.

Put one of these Plume pods in each room to blanket your home in Wi-Fi (CNET) Interesting idea. I’d love to see how this works in practice.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye.

In Today’s Deals, a Fire Tablet-Amazon Tap bundle that costs less than the Tap alone!  Includes a Fire Tablet, 7” Display, 16 GB – includes Special Offers plus Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. The Romance Daily Find is Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2) by Jay Crownover.

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

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel (Book 1) by Kelly Jamieson. The Extra Daily Deal is Independence Day: Crucible (The Official Prequel) by Greg Keyes.

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’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Numero Zero by Umberto Eco.

Google Books has a selection of Big 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.

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Daily Links and Deals: A Literary look at the last time the Cubs won the World Series

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, November 4,  2016:

A Literary look at the last time the Cubs won the World Series (Literary Hub) I live just outside of Chicago, so the Cubs win is a big topic of conversation around here. 🙂 This piece takes an interesting approach.

Another 40 million people bolt from Microsoft’s browsers as mass exodus continues (PC World) Does anyone still use Microsoft browsers?

Android apps will soon be able to offer cheaper, introductory subscription prices (The Verge) How many apps would do better in terms of sales if they could offer cheap trials? I know I would try more apps that way….

Adobe’s Project VoCo lets you edit speech as easily as text (Techcrunch) Wow, this is interesting, but it is also very scary in terms of potential harm.

The mobile library: can literature conquer the smartphone? (Financial Times) Print, e-reader or app? Where’s the future of reading?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich.

In Today’s Deals, select Mega Blocks Construction Sets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a trio of books from bestselling author William W. Johnstone. The Romance Daily Find is Stranger by the Lake by Jennifer Wilde.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936 by Jeffery Deaver. The Extra Daily Deal is Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams.

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.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin.

Google Books has a selection of Big Book Deals (books start at 99 cents).

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8

daily_links_1Today, an article that speculates on the reason the headphone jack is disappearing from the iPhone 7. Also, the war between Facebook and ad blockers is getting interesting, Microsoft backs down on cancelling Windows 7 support, Gooogle+ is no longer a requirement and archivists struggle with now obsolete formats to preserve the past. In deals, save on the Fire HD 6 and the HD 10.

Daily Links for Friday, August 12, 2016:

Ad blockers circumvent Facebook’s unblockable ads (PC World) And, to counter, now Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround (Techcrunch). This promises to be interesting, doesn’t it?

Microsoft relents on shorter Windows 7 support decree (Computer World) The tech giant is backing off ending support for older versions of the OS.

The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8 (Mashable) So maybe the headphone jack goes missing now so we can all vent our anger on this iteration of the iPhone, allowing the next one to prosper.

Archivists Grapple With Problems Of Preserving Recent Culture Held On Tape Cassettes And Floppy Drives (Techdirt) It used to be the case that all our records were on paper, That’s changed over the last 30 years and presents challenges for archivists and historians.

The Google Play Store is stripping away most tie-ins to Google+ (PC World) No, you are not going to need a Google+ account to use most services any more.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet is also on sale for $50 off.

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes  Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level by Ryan Levesque and Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Lost Treasures of R&B by Nelson George. The Romance Daily Find is Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad by Liz Langley.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert. The Extra Daily Deal is Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals’ books for 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.

Free Microsoft Ebooks (2016 Edition)

ms_booksIt is that time of year again. Every year, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman, Director of Sales Excellence, offers free Microsoft ebooks on his blog. The books offered come from various authors and publishers and consist of tech books, how to resources and reference guides for Microsoft productls.

Titles are mostly PDFs with some EPUB, MOBI, Zip, and DOCX formats as well. Formats vary according to title. Topics include:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Power BI
  • Azure
  • Windows 8.1
  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Dynamics CRM
  • PowerShell
  • Exchange Server
  • System Center
  • Cloud
  • SQL Server
  • and many more….

The giveaway started on July 10 and doesn’t list an end date, so I don’t know how long these will remain free. There is more info on Ligman’s blog here.

Daily Links and Deals: Twitter Can’t Figure Out Its Censorship Policy

daily_links_1Today, Twitter has a problem with its censorship policy and they need to sort it out.  Also, Microsoft buys LinkedIn, there’s a big security flaw in Facebook Messenger and there’s a new app that wants to be the Instagram of books. In Deals, $150 off a Roomba and get $ off Amazon devices included the Alexa-enabled Tap and Fire TV.

Daily Links for Monday, June 13, 2016:

Security researcher: Anyone can see links you share using Facebook Messenger (PC World) Private links publicly viewable… What’s wrong with this picture?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (ZD Net) This should be interesting….

Twitter Can’t Figure Out Its Censorship Policy (Motherboard) In the light of hate crimes like Orlando, Twitter needs to figure this out pretty quickly.

Citigroup is suing AT&T for using one of the most common words in the English language (Quartz) And this is why we really need trademark law reform.

New App, Litsy, Aims To Be the Instagram of Books (Publishers Weekly) It will be interesting to see if this can actually be a real book discussion destination, rather than just a place to pitch books.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the excellent Multiple Wounds by Alan Russell for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, a sale on the iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuum Cleaning Robot.

Amazon is having a huge sale on devices! For a limited time, here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The New Age of Adventure: Ten Years of Great Writing by John Rasmus for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The American Heiress by Dorothy Eden for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Windfallen by Jojo Moyes for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Frost Maiden’s Kiss: The True Love Brides (Book 3) by Claire Delacroix for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes two Inspector Devlin mysteries by Brian McGilloway, The Rising and The Nameless Dead. (99 cents each.)

Google has a selection of Epic Sci-Fi & Fantasy that includes some Star Trek Voyager novelizations. 🙂

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

daily_links_1Today’s stories include an opinion piece on Barnes and Noble’s refusal to carry indie books in their stores, stories about data caps, low income access and more. In today’s deals, savings on board games for Table Top day! Also, Amazon is having a limited time sale ($20 off!) on e-ink Kindles, just in time for Mother’s Day.. You can also get a Fire HD 10 for $50 off if mom prefers a tablet.

Daily Links for Monday, April 25, 2016:

Comcast customers hate data caps, but making customers hurt is all part of the plan (The Verge) Ouch! That’s just plain mean!

AT&T ‘Access’ connects low income homes to the internet for $5 a month (The Next Web) This program has a lot of fine print, but it is a good start in attacking the digital dived.

Why Electric Cars Ruled The Roads 100 Years Ago (Jalopnik) What’s old is new again, right? This is a fascinating look at the history of electric cars.

Roku CEO opposes FCC plan to open up cable boxes (The Verge) I have several Roku players that are still working, even thought they are older.I can see how Roku would not want cable competing in its niche.

Microsoft gives OneDrive users until July to shrink their storage (Computer World) The reduction in storage space promised last November will be a reality this summer.

Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books (Digital Book World) Sadly, all writers are not perceived as equal. While B & N carries indie ebooks, shelf space is a different matter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Blessing Way (Navajo Mysteries Book 1) by Tony Hillerman for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, includes up to 40% off strategy board games for TableTop day!

Just in time 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. Yes, it is still not too late to order one, especially with the basic black cover.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Fight for Freedom by Marcus Ferrar for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Selection (Selection Series #1) by Kiera Cass for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson for $1.99.

Kobo is having a 30% OFF SALE on select ebooks with a coupon. Sale ends Monday, April 25, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Three Truths and a Lie: A Detective D.D, Warren Story by Lisa Gardener for $1.99.

Google 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.

Daily Links and Deals: Honoring my daughter’s ‘last’ request in the age of digital media

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, February 26, 2016:

Just Announced: The Rosa Parks Collection Digitized and Now Available Online (Infodocket) – The Library of Congress collection showcases 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs from this collection honoring the Civil Rights pioneer.

Disney CEO asks employees to chip in to pay copyright lobbyists (Ars Technica) – I think I have no nice words to say here….

Microsoft’s plan to port Android apps to Windows is dead (The Verge) – Project Astoria is officially dead.

Adblock Plus opens up about how ‘acceptable ads’ work (The Guardian)  – And just exactly how is any of this in the reader’s interest. Sounds anything but….

Honoring my daughter’s ‘last’ request in the age of digital media (Washington Post) – Incredibly poignant piece on the role of digital in our lives

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel for $2.99.

As part of Today’s Deals, Amazon is featuring a sale on Kindle Accessories at 30% off. Items include covers, chargers and device cables. 🙂

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is your choice of three classic works from  Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) for just $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is The Letters (Inn at Eagle Hill Series #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd for $2.99.

The Kobo store is also having a 30% Off Sale through February 29 is you use coupon code 30FEB .

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage  for $2.99.

(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.