Daily Links and Deals: There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 30,  2016:

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone From Anywhere In The World (Vanity Fair) This may be a bit TL;DR for some, but it is fascinating case study on malware and cyber security issues.

Netflix for Android now lets you download videos to watch offline (9 to 5 Google) This is huge!  Related: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services offline with PlayOn Cloud (from PC World).

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits (The Next Web) Funny? Yes. But the privacy concern outweigh that. And it skates dangerously close to shaming people for their music choices.

There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets (The Verge) Um… I am kind of scratching my head at this one. I get the premise, but black and white e-ink? Seriously?

Twitter now ranks your conversations based on who replies (Engadget) Why won’t they just leave Twitter alone?

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption (Techcrunch) This Investigatory Powers law is pretty scary, especially because of how many people can access the information without a warrant.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features popular reads on Kindle for $2.99, including Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King.

In Today’s Deals, Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (only the Charcoal Black ones are on sale).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry. The Romance Daily Find is The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal Series #1) by Elle Wright.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth. The Extra Daily Deal is Come Home to Sweetgrass Boxed Set: Books 1-3 Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs (plus bonus Christmas novella) by Jean Brashear.

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’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 22,  2016:

Watch out: ɢoogle.com isn’t the same as Google.com (The Next Web) Did you know that you can use unicode symbols in domain names?

Netflix feels like Blockbuster these days (The Verge) A look at whether Netflix’s recommendations become less personal.

Office Depot caught claiming out-of-box PCs showed “symptoms of malware” (Ars Technica) Two words: Lenovo. Superfish.

Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive (Techcrunch) I think I could really use this one, especially for trips to the grocery store.

IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books (Publishing Perspectives) Who would have guessed that high VAT prices would have a negative effect on ebook buying? Hint: almost anyone who purchases ebooks.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor.

Free Audiobook: Invisible Man: A Novel by Ralph Ellison (Audible – Unabridged Edition).

In Today’s Deals, up to 50% Off Calvin Klein clothing.

Black Friday Deals Week is starting! If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

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 a selection of 25 books priced at just $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Book 1) by Agatha Christie. The Extra Daily Deal is Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel by Ilona Andrews.

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 Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbø.

Google Books has a selection of Big 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: Bookish fools

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, October 21,  2016:

Microsoft rescues disheveled lady Skypers with its TeleBeauty virtual makeup app (PC World) Okay, webcams are not always so flattering. That makes the idea of this one really hard to resist.

Hands on: Netflix via Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top box is a very good experience (PC World) Not sure this would really beat my Roku stick, but for a set-top cable box, it sounds impressive.

Bookish fools (Aeon) Is the preference for print over digital a mark of snobbery? A look at whate what history says….

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet (CNET) There’s a lot of information about you on the web. Here’s how to start to get rid of it – or most of it anyway.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein.

In Today’s Deals, the new Lady Gaga album (for $3.99), select patio heaters, Fila jackets and Sons of Anarchy The Complete Series [Blu-ray and DVD].

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of over 70 titles in the “Idiot’s Guide” series. The Romance Daily Find is Yesterday’s Roses by Heather Cullman.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Escape by David Baldacci.   The Extra Daily Deal is Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Trilogy Book 1) by May McGoldrick.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

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 out of stock until October 19, 2016.)

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale: Chills & thrills under $5.

(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: Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, September 21,  2016:

Shh, Silent Reading Parties Are Taking Over Phoenix (Phoenix New Times) These sound like fun….

Disconnect is free for Samsung and iOS devices for the next seven days (The Next Web) This app blocks the trackers that slow your browser down and spy on you.

Netflix plans to make half of its content original programming (Ars Technica) I have mixed feeling about this because I enjoy the network series and movies that are on the service, but I have enjoyed most of the Netflix Originals I have watched. You can’t beat Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell.

In Today’s Deals, up to 30% off select computer products.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Still Life with Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, #1) by P.B. Ryan. The Romance Daily Find is On the Scent (Psychic Detectives Series #1) by Angela Campbell (This was a fun read!)

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A Novel by Deborah Moggach. The Extra Daily Deal is His Diamond Queen by Lena Hart.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

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 out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Americana by Don DeLillo.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story

daily_links_1Today, an opinion piece on must-have elements in romance novels. Also, Netflix weighs in on data caps, a critical view of the five-year limit on Chromebooks’ usleful life, a retro Nintendo deck and more. In deals, Norton Security Deluxe software.

Daily Links for day, September 13, 2016:

Twitter finally sets date to grow beyond its 140 character limit (The Next Web) Names and links won’t count against your limit soon.

Netflix wants annoying data caps to be illegal (The Verge) Netflix is lobbying really hard to ditch the data caps.

The RetroUSB AVS just replaced my childhood Nintendo (Engadget) Okay. I still have a huge box of original games in the basement that I have held onto for years. #hoarderwins

I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story (Bustle) Romance novels are very popular. Here’s a look look at one person’s must have elements list.

Why my older Chromebook has a right to live, even if Google says it’s over (PC World) Google has decided that Chromebooks have a five year life cycle. But what if your machine still functions fine?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett.

In Today’s DealsNorton Security Deluxe for 5 Devices.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mystery Series #1) by Max Wirestone. The Romance Daily Find is The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Wednesday Sisters A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton. The Extra Daily Deal is Crysis: Legion by Peter Watts.

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 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes This Time Together by Carol Burnett.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals (up to 75% off great reads).

(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: Who will get your iTunes when you die?

daily_links_1Most of us invest a lot of money in our digital music and book collections, but what happens to them when we die? Also, a look at what we read in preparation for going back to school, a deal that will bring Netflix to your hotel room and ideas for reusing an old tablet. In deals, an unlocked phone from Nextbit, savings on PC accessories and deals on Kindles, Fires and Alexa-enabled devices.

Daily Links for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

What the US is reading in nervous preparation for the first day of school (Quartz) An interesting look at back to school prep through the eyes of Amazon’s bestseller list.

Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its service in hotels (Engadget) Providing this is secure, this would be absolutely fantastic for travelers!

How to reuse an old tablet (PC Advisor) Here are some great ideas to get more use of some of your old tech.

Who will get your iTunes when you die? (Market Watch) This is an issue that we will see coming up more and more. Now we have to think of “Digital Estate Planning” for the hereafter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby.

In Today’s Deals, a Nextbit Robin Factory Unlocked Phone – Midnight (U.S. Warranty). Also, savings on select PC components and accessories.

For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150. You can also get $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 has three books by paranormal expert Teresa Cheung. The Romance Daily Find is Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel by Chrissie Manby.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta. The Extra Daily Deal is The Elfrida Goto Trilogy (Sol System Renegades Books 1-3) by Felix R. Savage.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

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

Daily Links and Deals: 5 essential Google Drive extensions for Chrome

daily_links_1Today, a story on some really useful extensions for Chrome. Also, you can send a friend a Netflix playlist, there’s a new version of an old Nintendo, and some interesting ebook statistics on Romance Novels. In deals, you can find an Insanity Max DVD set, savings on Yamaha musical instruments and the complete Blu-ray set of Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space.

Daily Links for Monday, July 18, 2016:

Netflix launches ‘Flixtape’ playlists you can send to friends and lovers (The Next Web) This idea is so much better than rattling off a list over the phone like I usually do…..

Comcast expands $10 low-income Internet plan (Ars Technica) The communications giant adds 10Mbps broadband for low-income adults without kids.

5 essential Google Drive extensions for Chrome (PC World) All of these look really, really helpful if you use a chrome browser.

Surprise: Nintendo’s next console is the NES [Updated] (Ars Technica) I’ve seen these retro sets before, and for the true aficionado of the originals, they just don’t measure up. I also bet my puzzle favorites are not part of the mix.

Romance Makes up 4% of Print, and 45% of eBook Sales (The Digital Reader) This study confirms what we already knew: Romance readers have gone for ebooks in a big way.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shaun T’s INSANITY MAX:30 Base Kit – DVD Workout. Also, a selection of Yamaha Musical Instruments (including guitars, keyboards and more) and Lost in Space: The Complete Series on Blu-ray.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is featuring several series, including Area 51 titles by Bob Mayer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses–How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America by Marta McDowell. The Romance Daily Find is Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series #1) by Simone Elkeles.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby. The Extra Daily Deal is Good Kings Bad Kings A Novel by Susan Nussbaum.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman.

Google has a Scorching Summer Romance promotion.

(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.