Daily Links and Deals: Choose A Book And Read To Your Barber, He’ll Take A Little Money Off The Top

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, October 12,  2016:

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram surveillance tool was used to arrest Baltimore protestors (The Verge) Very disturbing use of technology.

Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC for “negative option billing” practices (Ars Technica) Ah, Comcast. If you have ever argued with them over a bill, you know that getting them to take responsibility for accurate billing would be an amazing thing.

Dropbox rolls out PDF signing, iMessage integrations and picture-in-picture on iOS (Techcrunch) New features for the iOS app are geared towards the needs of corporate users.

How One Outrageous Law Turned the Samsung Phone Recall Into a Disaster (Gizmodo) Huh? Brands have to agree to the language used during a product recall?

New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories (NYPL) Want the address of someone who lived in New York City in 1786? These are a fascinating glimpse into history.

Choose A Book And Read To Your Barber, He’ll Take A Little Money Off The Top (NPR) What a great idea to get kids reading!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Day of the Triffids (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 24) by John Wyndham. (Great post-apocalyptic classic!)

In Today’s Deals, the Silhouette Cameo — Starter Bundle cutting machine.

The Echo inow available in white. 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 a trio of Books by Robert Goolrick for $1.99 each  The Romance Daily Find is discounted pricing on all four books in D.L. McDermott’s sexy Cold Iron paranormal romance series.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion Novel by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke. The Extra Daily Deal is The Worth Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Mara Jacobs.

Currently, you can save up to 90% on select titles in the Idiot Guides series.  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 14, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories by ZZ Packer.

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.

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Daily Links and Deals: Inside the New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments

daily_links_1Did you know that there were apartments hidden in some of the New York Public Library’s buildings? Also today, stories about the so-called “Netflix taxes”, the iPhone touch disease lawsuits, how self-driving cars will affect the need for insurance, and more. In deals, a Hoover Carpet Cleaner.

Daily Links for Monday, October 10,  2016:

Online media’s taxing problem (Philly.com) More and more municipalities are opting for so-called “Netflix taxes” on streaming entertainment services and ebooks. Here;s a look at the problems and the legalities.

Comcast’s 1TB data cap starts rolling out across the U.S. (PC World) One TB sounds like a lot, but it may not be as much as we think.

Three Law Firms Join iPhone 6 Plus ‘Touch Disease’ Lawsuit Against Apple (Motherboard) This will be interesting. Samsung, please pay attention. You are probably next.

Self-driving cars won’t just log miles and road markers; they’ll be logging you (Ars Technica) Interesting piece that raises questions about the future of insurance.

Google Chrome soon won’t be such a burden your computer (CNET) Anyone who has uses Chrome knows it is a great browser but a also a memory hog. Changes are in the works!

Inside the New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments (Atlas Obscura) Fascinating look at a hidden facet of the NYPL system.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes House of Thieves: A Novel by Charles Belfoure.

In Today’s Deals, the Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner.

The Alexa-enabled Amazon Tap is available for $100. (This deal was supposed to run through October 9th, but the price is still valid.)

This week, Prime members can save on Kindles. The basic Kindle is $50 (and now sold out until October 23rd), The Paperwhite is $90 and the Voyage is $150 (now sold out until October 25, 2016).

The Echo inow available in white. 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 Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr. The Romance Daily Find is Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dark Corners A Novel by Ruth Rendell. The Extra Daily Deal is Unwritten A Novel by Charles Martin.

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 14, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes A Good-Looking Corpse by Jeff Klima.

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.

Library Corner 1-13-2016

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

Missouri town of just 304 residents supports a public library (Missourian)

Indiana: Library program has children creating their own books (NWITimes)

Nevada: A Day in the Life of a Bookmobile Librarian (Medium)

New York Public Library Releases New Promo Video For Their Education Programs (Infodocket)

International Library News:

Canada: Toronto Public Library gives commuters a ticket to read (The Star)

Canada: The legislature library: books and documents plus a hamburger, tin of caviar and bag of dirt (Edmonton Journal)

Worldreader: Top Books Read In 2015 (Worldreader)

Canada: Halifax Public Libraries says it can manage with less city funding (CBC)

UK: New report looks at creating a Single Library Digital Presence to support Public Libraries in the future (SCL)

Policy and Privacy:

2015-2016 edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available (ALA)

Copyright:

What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2016? (Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain)

Article: “Time For a Single Global Copyright Framework For Libraries And Archives” (Infodocket)

Reference and Statistics:

NYPD releases Internet database that gives details about all major New York City crimes (New York Daily News)

NOAA Annual 2015 U.S. Climate Report (NOAA)

Digital Collections:

Paramount Now Streaming 175 Free Movies Online, Including Westerns, Thrillers & Crime Pictures (Open Cuture) 12-23

Shakespeare Documented, coming soon (Folger)

British Library to put very big royal atlas online (The Art Newspaper)

New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online (NPR) 1-6

U Libraries receives $224,450 to digitize African American collections (Continuum)

Library Receives Grant to Digitize Early Twentieth-Century Folk Music – (Duke University Libraries)

National Library Posts 220 High Resolution Jerusalem Maps on Wikimedia (The Jewish Press)

Digital Archive Launched, Chronicles 100 Years of Aerospace Achievements (Aviation Week)

Descriptions of 10,000+ Brazilian Chapbooks at AFC now Online (LOC)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner 8-14-2015

Library corner imageNYPL and Library Simplified (The Digital Reader)

Increasing Accessibility with the MARC COCKTAIL (Smithsonian Libraries)

ALA releases new digital privacy guidelines (The Digital Reader)

Libraries Taskforce secures further funding to roll out free wifi in public libraries across England (Gov.UK)

Bexar County, Texas: New Bibliotech (All Digital Library) Opens in San Antonio Public Housing Project (Infodocket)

There’s a library-shaped hole in the Internet (Boston Globe)

E-libraries transform scholarship in Myanmar (SciDevNet)

A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries (Infodocket)

With 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hit (Windsor Star)

Digital Collections:

 Open Data: Basic Metadata for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Collection Now Public Domain With CC0 License (Infodocket)

Brill Launches Major New Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online (Brill)

New Database: Three NGOs Launch Fishing Transparency Website Identifying 15,264 EU Vessels Authorised to Fish Outside the EU (Infodocket)

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 (US State Department)

The British Library and National Library of Israel Announce Partnership to Digitize Hebrew Manuscripts (Infocdoket)

William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County goes online (Clarion Ledger)

New Online Database Provides Searches of Registered Designs in Israel (Infodocket)

Parker Library on the Web celebrates 10th Anniversary with a new service (Standford University Library)

Rare Elizebeth Gaskell manuscripts go digital for the first time (Infodocket)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

An Online Historical Images Bonanza

14782842204_eaee417787_mThere have been an amazing number of historical images released for public viewing online. Here are just a few of the ones I have discovered recently:

The New York Public Library has released over a hundred and fifty years worth of restaurant menus that date from 1851 to 2008.

Yale University has launched an archive of over 170,000 images documenting the Great Depression. There is a informative article on the photos with links at Open Culture.

At Monoskop, a site for the study of arts, media and the humanities, there is a collection of avant-garde and modernist magazines from 1890 to 1939 available online.

Want to see what the Google Books project would look like if it scanned images? At Flickr, there is an archive of over  2 million images, all in the public domain,  The photos, from books, magazines and newspapers, span a 500 year period and were originally scanned as part of the Internet Archive project. Eventually, the archive will encompass over 14 million images.

 Image from the Internet Archive: Image from page 327 of “Handbook of the trees of the northern states and Canada east of the Rocky mountains. Photo-descriptive” (1907)