Daily Links and Deals: The Poem That Introduced Santa Claus to the World

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, December 23,  2016:

You can currently save 50% on any Google Play Movies purchase (9 to 5 Google) These deals runs thru January.

Navajos hope to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral history (Arizona Republic) This is amazing. The importance of oral history cannot be overemphasized and to see this preserved digitally is fantastic.

Black mirrors: Why are so many TV shows obsessed with tech? (CNET) As much as we love it, we still have a lot of anxieties about technology.

US government starts asking foreign travelers to disclose their social media accounts (The Verge) I don’t know about you, but this makes me very nervous. Even though it is supposedly limited – for now.

The Poem That Introduced Santa Claus to the World (Read it Forward) Twas the story of the creation of this Christmas classic.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Way Station by Clifford D. Simak.

In Today’s Deals, the LG Electronics PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Smart Home Theater Projector.

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 is a Fire Tablet, 7″ (16 GB) for $50.

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 TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time by Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz. The Romance Daily Find is A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The Extra Daily Deal is A Wallflower Christmas
A Novel by Lisa Kleypas.

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 Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves.

Google Books has a selection of Up to 85% 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: The Rise of Skinny Bundles And How They Could Change Cord-Cutting

daily_links_1Today, stories both serious and fun on skinny bundles for cord-cutters, WordPress.com flips the switch on encryption, new digital archives and the collecting of oral histories. In deals, you can find savings on memory sticks and cards. Amazon is still offering fabulous deals on Kindle and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Saturday, April 9, 2016:

The Rise of Skinny Bundles And How They Could Change Cord-Cutting (Mediashift) A look at where we are at at this point in time in the a la carte pay-TV system.

WordPress.com turns on HTTPS encryption for all websites (Techcrunch) WordPress.com had lagged behind Facebook and Twitter in this department….

Makeup Tips for Google Hangouts (Racked) Who knew that there’s a special way to apply makeup for online sessions? I’m including this one as a PSA. 🙂

Chicago organization brings oral histories of African-Americans to colleges (Chicago Tribune) Reminiscent of some of the WPA projects during the Great Depression, these  oral history programs preserve essential stories.

The British Library’s oldest Qur’an manuscript now online (British Library) This eighth century manuscript has been fully digitized and is available online.

PeTreaT PetPal WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder: Automate Your Pet’s Feedings and Have Fun While Doing It (Gear Diary) Talk about the digital life! Cat owners will appreciate this review of a wi-fi connected pet feeder that even has a camera. One of my cats really wants this….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics) by Betty Smith for $1.99 and a Georgette Heyer Regency Romance, Sprig Muslin, also for $1.99. (This is a great deal as the Georgette Heyer romances are usually $9.99 and up.)

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is offering savings on both SanDisk and  PNY memory products as well as $80 off a Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB.

There are still plenty of Kindle and Fire deals as well: You can still save on the Fire HD 6, pre-owned Fire tablets,  15% off Fire TV models, and the great  Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime. The 16 GB version on the 7″ Fire is $$64.99! (That’s $5 less than the original price of $69.99. The tablet has been going up in price about $5 each day.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is three Star Trek Next Generation novels in the classic Q Continuum series  for just $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Fool A Novel by Christopher Moore for $1.99. This is an interesting take on the King Lear story.

In case you  missed it, Kobo is running several promotions. Through April 11, get 3 ebooks for the price of 2 (terms and conditions apply). You can get free shipping on any Kobo e-reader through April 13, 2016. And, until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone is Not Enough by Matthew Edlund, M.D. 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.

Library Corner 9-1-2015

Library corner imageKids get Chromebooks, buses get Wi-Fi and school districts get technical (Times Reporter)

Two Engineers From OCLC Research Take a Look Inside the “Library Knowledge Vault” (Infodocket)

North Carolina Editorial: New libraries cannot be casualties of Senate tax game (Winston-Salem Journal)

Music goes digital at State Library as local musicians perform live for new online archive (ABC.net Australia)

Paterson schools preparing to open with fewer librarians (NorthJersey.com)

This is the end of the library as we know it (Quartz)

Why Librarians Don’t Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book (Wrapped Up In Books)

Amigos eShelf Lets Libraries Host, Check Out eBooks (The Digital Reader)

Digital Collections:

New Interactive Map & Data Tool From CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Humans For Bacteria Transmitted Commonly Through Food (Infodocket)

Audio files: LGBTQ+ oral histories live on in new digital archive (U of Toronto Mississauga)

USDA’s National Agricultural Library Launches New Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection (USDA Blog)

Expanded Digitization of Islamic Manuscripts (Princeton)

New! GPO & National Archives Make eCFR Available For Bulk Download in XML Format (Infodocket)

Welcome the Texas State University to the Flickr Commons! (Flickr)

New Census Data:

New Data Files Online: U.S. Census Releases More 2012 “Statistics of U.S. Businesses” Data (Infodocket)

U.S. Census Releases Report and Dataset on Commuting to Work by Car (Infodocket)

Reference: Facts and Statistics About Hurricane Katrina (Prepared For 10th Anniversary: Aug. 29, 2015) (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.