Daily Links and Deals: Thanks in part to the election, ‘surreal’ is the word of the year

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, December 20,  2016:

This Alexa-enabled coffee pot isn’t great at making coffee, but dang it’s cute (The Verge)  Posted due to sheer cuteness factor. 🙂

New York City now lets you pay for parking with your phone (Engadget) I think that this means that the future has really arrived.

There are more Galaxy Note 7s still in use than LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined (9 to 8 Google) A whole lot of Note 7 phones are still out there.

The state(s) of texting and driving in the US (Ars Technica) Our cell phones are now our maps and navigators. Even without texting, many are using their phones just to get where they are going. How do we deal with this going forward.

Thanks in part to the election, ‘surreal’ is the word of the year (USA Today) Personally, I found how they choose the word of the year more interesting than the word itself.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Rare Objects: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro.

In Today’s DealsJumbl 22MP All-In-1 Film & Slide Scanner w/ Speed-Load Adapters for 35mm Negative & Slides, 110, 126, & Super 8 Films.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90. There’s an All-New Fire HD 8 Variety Pack, 32GB with two devices (choice of colors) for $200.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.) All of the three of the Alexa devices are sold out until after Christmas. The sale is still on, so if you want one and are willing to wait, it is still a good deal.

You can still get 12 months of Kindle Unlimited for the special price of $88.99 – that’s $30 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The Romance Daily Find is Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, Jennifer Gracen.

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 Hot Milk by Deborah Levy.  The Extra Daily Deal is Raylan A Novel by Elmore Leonard.

Until December 25th, the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O e-reader is on sale for $159.99 (with free shipping).

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’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Defender by Diana Palmer.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 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: 6 reasons a library card is more useful than you think

daily_links_1Today, an article about how a library card is can still enrich your child’s life. Also, two stories about New York City broadband problems, HBO and Cinemax are still expanding their apps’ reach and the EU promises free WiFi for everyone. In deals, a Cuisinart 5-in-i griddler (that also makes pannini – yum!).

Daily Links for day, September 15 2016:

6 reasons a library card is more useful than you think (BabyCenter) This article asks the question “Can your local public library still enrich your kid’s life?”

New York City Threatens To Sue Verizon For Failure To Meet Fiber Deployment Promises (Techdirt) This happens over and over and it is one of the reasons we need municipal broadband as an option.

New York kiosks offering public web browsing are being used for porn (Mashable) That free wi-fi is causing a bit of a stir because of how it is being used.

Cable continues to crumble: HBO, Cinemax coming to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service (PC World) The former cord-cutting holdouts are continuing to explore new outlets for their apps.

European Union pledges free Wi-Fi for all citizens by 2020 (The Next Web) Bold premise, I haope they are watching New York City….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and The Golden Barbarian (Sedikhan Book 1) by Iris Johansen.

In Today’s Deals, the Cuisinart GR-4NR 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Red Dials.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Changing Season by Steven Manchester. The Romance Daily Find is All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue: The Debutante Files by Sophie Jordan.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dishing the Dirt: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton. The Extra Daily Deal is Love Hawaiian Style, Aloha Series, Books 1-3 by Chris Keniston.

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 Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

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.