Mother’s Day Sale: Amazon Kindles, tablets and devices

Sunday, May 13th is Mother’r Day here in the US. To celebrate Mom’s big day, Amazon is having a big device sale with deals on e-readers, tablets, Fire TV and Echo devices. (May is also graduation month and these also make great gifts for a graduate!)

On offer are the following items:

E-ink e-readers:

Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Built-In Audible – Includes Special Offers – $59.99 ($20 off)

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers – $99.99 ($20 off)

Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle E-reader, 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee, choice of color cover – $79.99

Tablets:

Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Black – with Special Offers – $39.99 ($10 off)

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB, Black – with Special Offers – $59.99 ($20 off)

Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1″ 1080p Full HD Display, 32 GB, Black – with Special Offers – $119.99 ($30 off)

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7″ Display, 16 GB, choice of color Kid-Proof Case – $79.99 ($20 off)

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8″ HD Display, 32 GB, choice of color Kid-Proof Case – $99.99 ($30 off)

Fire TV

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player – $29.99 ($10 off)

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player – $49.99 ($20 off)

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD (2017 Edition, Pendant) + HD Antenna Bundle – $69.98 ($20 off)

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot (Black) – $64.98 ($25 off)

Echo family of devices:

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Black – $39.99 ($10 off)

Echo (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexa – choice of finish – $84.99 ($15 off)

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $99.99 ($30 off)

Echo Spot – Choice of Black or White – $109.99 ($20 off)

Echo Show – Choice of Black or White – $159.99 ($70 off)

Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera, Works with Alexa – $99.99 ($20 off)

You can see all of the available device deals on one page here.

 (Note to my kids: I have most of these, LOL!)

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Daily Deals for Sunday, May 8, 2016

happy-mothers-day_640Deals of the Day for Sunday, May 8, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most by Elizabeth Benedict for  $1.99 ( just in time for Mother’s Day!)

In Today’s Deals, a Silicon Power 32GB MicroSDHC Class10, Elite Flash Memory Card with Adaptor.

There is still a promotion on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions). There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Shipping News by Annie Proulx for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber for $1.99.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack  is a B & N exclusive until May 20. You can also pre-order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Soundtrack (vinyl) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Laser-Etched Edition!  (also vinyl)  See the site for details and release dates.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Heist – Fox and O’Hare (Book 1) by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg for $1.99.

And, you can still get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included.

The Kobo also has a monthly special 3 for 2 deal features books by  Grace Burrowes. The special runs until the end of month of May.:)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Sunday Daily Deals: Fire tablet for $40

Fire_50Today’s deals include $2 book deals, and Mother’s Day savings on Kindles, the Kobo Glo HD e-reader and deals on Fire tablets, including the 7″ Fire for $40.

Deals of the Day for Sunday, May 1:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals is showing the same deals as yesterday, so here are 50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each to peruse.

Today’s Deals include a Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM Electric Pressure Washer, 14.5-Amp and a Mr. Coffee BVMC-DMX85 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.

Mother’s Day is only a week away! Amazon has some great deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets:

First, in e-ink Kindles, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle. 

There are several promotions on Fire tablets. Today, the 7″ Fire (normally $49.99) is only $39.99. Amazon is also offering savings on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions) and the Fire HD 10 is $50 off for a limited time. There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

And, yes, I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Forgetting August by J.L. Berg for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker for $1.99.

And for Mother’s Day, you can get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Limited-Time 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.

Daily Links and Deals: YouTube’s Content ID program finally provides for ad revenue during disputes

daily_links_1Today, a breakthrough in the YouTube Content ID advertising money issue, news on how platforms are affecting digital publishers, Google podcasts and more. In deals, there a $50 Blue smartphone and e-reader and tablet sales from both Kobo and Amazon for Mother’s Day.

Daily Links for Friday, April 29, 2016:

YouTube’s Content ID program finally provides for ad revenue during disputes (PC World) It;s not nearly enough, but it is a first step in fixing a flawed system.

Why We Should Be Worried About Ancient Viruses Infecting Power Plants (Motherboard) A nuclear power plant infected by a virus sounds like something from a movie. Unfortunately, this really happened. Do we need to worry about more incidences like this?

The haves and have-nots: Small publishers are left adrift by shift to platforms (Digiday) Changes in the digital publishing landscape are making it harder for the small publisher.

This E Ink tablet is a cute way to manage meetings (The Verge) Way too expensive, but it is cute. 🙂

Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana (The Verge) Is it just me, or is Cortana getting a little pushy? Back off, girl!

History of the Library of Congress (LOC) Fascinating piece on this institution and its importance to our history and as a world resource.

Google Play Music’s podcasts are convenient but lack features (Engadget) Don’t give up your favorite podcast app just yet.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shame by the incredibly talented Alan Russell for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a white BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Cellphone, 4GB. for $50.

There’s still time for gifts 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. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Beautiful, Dirty, Rich: A Novel by J. D. Mason for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Owning Violet: A Novel by Monica Murphy for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan for $1.99.

And for Mother’s Day, you can get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Incarnations by Susan Barker 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, 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.

The Mother’s Day that changed my life

Kindle 1Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Now, you may be asking, “What does Mother’s Day have to do with a blog about e-books and the digital life?” Actually, it turns out, quite a bit.

In 2008,  at my request,  my husband and children bought me one of the first generation Kindles as an early Mother’s Day present. I am not exaggerating when I say that that gift changed my life. Back in 2011, I started an e-book blog. Obviously, I wasn’t ready to be serious about blogging. It only lasted for two blog entries, LOL! But in the first entry on that blog, I shared my feelings about my first Kindle.

Here is an excerpt from that first e-book blog entry:

At the end of April, 2008, I got my first Kindle. It cost $400.00 and it totally changed my life.

I had been a avid reader since childhood, but my vision was starting to deteriorate. I had seriously minimized my reading due to the headaches and discomfort that it caused.

People who hear me talk about eReaders now would be very surprised to learn how I struggled with the decision to buy that first device. Like many avid readers, I too loved the physicality of the reading experience, the touch and the feel of a book. But, at the end of the day, it all boiled down to the fact that I was just tired of not being able to read.

I was also worried about the technology quickly becoming obsolete. I have been an early adopter of various tech devices before and know how quickly that it can change. I lived on Amazon’s Kindle forums for a while, and listened to the experiences and the stories that users told. (As I recall, at that time, the first wave of Kindles had sold out and the second wave was ready for shipping.)

I really was like a kid in a candy store in the first days with my new Kindle. It only took a few minutes to get the operations down. I then started loading up the device with many of my favorite books. I bought digital versions of all of Anne McCaffrey’s books.  I re-read Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Artur’s Court and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan. I discovered horror writer Scott Sigler. In short, I was in heaven because I could read again! And I haven’t really looked back.

Even though I have now had surgery on both my eyes, my vision is still somewhat impaired and I no longer read print books.  I have gone on  to own almost every Kindle model available as well as many other e-readers. I own several Nooks and other brands, but I always come back to the Kindle because of the ease of use. These days I use a Kindle Paperwhite for my everyday reader.  My husband even has one of his own now.

But I still have that first, original Kindle. And, yes, it still works, although some of the newer e-books don’t display correctly on the device. The original came with a removable battery and seven years later, I am on battery number two. The first one lasted for almost six years!

What has also lasted is the passion for e-reading that that first Kindle ignited in me. It has been nearly eight years since the first Kindle came on the market and went brought the concept of e-reading to the mainstream. It saddens me that there are still so many books not available in an e-book format.

Every time a well-known digital hold-out like Charlotte’s Web or To Kill a Mockingbird comes out as an ebook, someone says “All the important books are now available digitally.” Yet everyday, I find titles that are still not available as e-books. And some of the prices? YIKES! So no matter what anyone says, there are a lot of books that need to be digitized. Backlist digital pricing is still not reasonable. We still have more work to do….

So how about you? Ever have a tech gift that changed your life?