Daily Links and Deals: Let this retro WordArt generator take you back to 1997

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 8, 2016:

Android Auto gets rid of that pesky car requirement (PC World)Now you use your Android phone in your car without the Android hardware.

Listen to iBooks read by your iPhone: How To Video (CNET) Yes, your iPhone can also read your books to you.

How to follow the 2016 election results online (The Verge) And just cross your fingers that the internet doesn’t slow to a crawl or crash.

More pop might be in store for e-readers thanks to colorful graphene balloons (New Atlas) Are you still holding out for some color?

Let this retro WordArt generator take you back to 1997 (The Verge) Raise your hand if you remember this.

Authors on the 2016 Presidential Election (Publishers Weekly) Not surpisingly, authors have some pretty strong opinions on this election, just like the rest of us.

Both major metro and local newspapers drop their paywalls for Election Day coverage (Talking New Media) Nicely done.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% off select PNY memory devices. Also deals on APC UPS units and surge strips.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the Twentieth Century and How They Shaped Modern America by Michael A. Cohen.  The Romance Daily Find is Fatal Scandal by Marie Force.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti. The Extra Daily Deal is The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 5) by Greg Iles.

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.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Fall by John Lescroart.

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: 400 years after his death, here are the books that likely influenced Shakespeare

daily_links_1Today, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, his influence, books and a look at the film adaptations. Also, video games behind a paywall, universal languages and a browser with a built in VPN. In today’s deals, there is a Pebble Smartwatch and 14 bestsellers on sale across all retailer platforms.

Daily Links for Saturday, April 23, 2016:

White House now makes it even easier to petition the government (ReCode) The process of petitioning the White House has been somewhat convoluted. Hopefully, this will help.

Amazon locks top games behind a Prime paywall (Engadget) Do you find store exclusives distasteful? In this one, only a subset of store customers can purchase these games. What do you think?

Why a Universal Language Will Never Be a Thing (Motherboard) Do you speak Esperanto? Turns out that a universal language is more difficult than people thought for a lot of reasons.

Opera browser build adds a first: Free, unlimited VPN for secure surfing (PC World)  This is still in beta, but it is a really interesting idea. I don;t know how it will play out with sites and services like Netflix that are blocking VPNS.

Disney, CBS, Viacom worry FCC cable box proposal would do to TV what iTunes did to music (The Verge)Probably a valid concern….

And for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death:

400 years after his death, here are the books that likely influenced Shakespeare (Quartz)  and William Shakespeare 400th anniversary: The BFI collection of film adaptations you can watch online (The Independent). All of Shakespeare’s works can be found at Project Gutenberg for free!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes 14 bestsellers like The Martian, Gone Girl and more. (Note: all the major e-tailers are offering these today.)

In Today’s Deals,  save 40% on select Pebble Smartwatches.

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 A Stained White Radiance (Dave Robicheaux Series #5) by James Lee Burke for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Marriage of Mary Russel: A Marry Russell short story by Laurie R. King for $1.99.

Google is having a one-day sale on bestsellers. (These are the same bestsellers a Amazon’s Kindle Deal of the day)

(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: 68% of digital content providers geo-block in the EU

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, March 21, 2016:

Donate Your Kindle (ISEROTOPE) Want to donate a Kindle? The Kindle Classroom Project promotes the love of reading by providing Kindles and good books to high school students in San Francisco and Oakland.

68% of digital content providers geo-block in the EU (Torrent Freak) So much for one EU! That’s a large percentage of content blocked by location.

Amazon begins reselling Comcast services on new site, the “Amazon Cable Store” (Techcrunch) So one of the companies with the best customer service partners with the company with some of the worst customer service on the planet.

Lessons to learn from my Mexican phone theft nightmare (The Verge) Is the everybody’s nightmare?

Google Now lets you block content from publishers you don’t like (The Next Web) Welcome to the era of extreme customization.

After dropping its paywall, The Sun focuses on rebuilding traffic (Digiday) Being paywalled devastated traffic. Now, The sun is trying to rebuild.

Doctor Who is coming back to Amazon Prime Video as a US streaming exclusive (The Verge) Eight seasons of of Doctor Who are coming to Amazon Prime on March 27th. Is that enough of a reason to sign up for Prime?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes  The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Shopping for a Billionaire Boxed Set (Parts 1-5) by Julia Kent for just 99 cents.

Today is the last day to get 3 eBooks for $9.99 and for the  use coupon code 30MARunlimited times for 30% off on select box sets promotions.  Continuing through March 28, you can find bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam for $2.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Hacked Toy Company VTech’s TOS Now Says It’s Not Liable for Hacks

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, February 10, 2016:

Hacked Toy Company VTech’s TOS Now Says It’s Not Liable for Hacks (Motherboard) – This is a pretty smarmy move….

A smart fan that decides whether you are worthy of being cooled (Ars Technica) – The implication of an Internet of ethical things is somewhat disturbing.

Feeling Loved Without Followers (Techcrunch) – The supposed rationale behind the new Twitter timeline changes. And here’s how to turn them off…

Newsweek Is Dropping Its Paywall (Advertising Age)  – This paywall situation is getting confusing, with some dropping them and other sites putting them up.

VSCO is now publishing original content on its platform (The Verge) – Interesting to see this photography app branching out into more editorial content.

Skype is getting musical Mojis made by Paul McCartney (The Next Web) – Paul McCartney and emojis? Need I say more?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Joyland by Steven King and Wish List by Fern Michaels for 99 cents each.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Twelve Months by Steven Manchester for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Viscount Who Loved Me With 2nd Epilogue by Julia Quinn for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Joyland by Stephen King for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig for $2.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily links and deals: The Wall Street Journal tests closing the Google paywall loophole

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, January 31, 2016:

This smart bag can charge phones, weigh itself… and nearly got me kicked off a flight (The Next Web) – This is definitely an early adopter problem!

The Wall Street Journal tests closing the Google paywall loophole (Digiday) – This is one of the best-known workarounds for a paywall and any changes will certainly affect a lot of people!

Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment (Techcrunch) – Interesting look at diigital transformation in practice in a corporate culture.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal features books in the Sisterhood and the Men of the Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels for $1.99 or less.

Amazon halso has several interesting items as part of Todays Deals. The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Previous Generation – 3rd) – this is the one without special offers – is $149.99, a $65 savings. Ypu can also save $5 off the Amazon Fire TV Stick (it’s $34.99) and $10 off the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (it’s $39.99).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel by Jonathan Evison for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bride Wore Red Boots: A Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys Novel by Lizbeth Selvig for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Raylan by Elmore Leonard 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Online Matchmaking with Dogs as Dates

daily_links_1Today’s interesting finds:

Online Matchmaking, but With Dogs as Dates (NYT) – Glad to see our furry friends getting online. I think this is a great idea!

Apple’s Tim Cook: No-one Wants An iPad-Mac Hybrid (TechCrunch) – What *is* the ideal user experience? Can we really replace the PC/laptop?

Smartphone owners value banking data over their nude pics, survey says (Ars Technica) – This is kind of fascinating…

The FCC’s Unforced Error (ReCode) – Internet freedom and neutrality is a lot more complicated when you try to put it into practice.

Tipsy, a simple Chrome extension, bets on readers who want to pay a little for the content they consume (Nieman Lab) – I am really hoping someone finds a good paywall alternative for newspapers. Is this it? This has a reports feature that looks interesting.

Amazon has a limited time offer for $30 off the Fire HD 10 tablet. I am a Prime member and I am also seeing an option to pay in 5 monthly payments of $40. 🙂

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.