Daily Links: Paper, ereader, tablets, phones: Reading goes eclectic

daily_links_1Today’s links and finds:

Paper, ereader, tablets, phones: Reading goes eclectic (Vancover Sun) – As far as e-reading nowadays, anything goes.

8 Nook And Kindle Hacks You Need To Know About (Bustle) – Good tips for e-reading, especially converting back and forth between PDF, .epub and .mobi.

People are in denial about using devices while walking and being bad at it (Ars Technica) – Yeah. Just yeah.

To Push Moments, Twitter Starts Shoving The Notifications Tab To The Side (Techcrunch) – Seriously, somebody moved the furniture…. Hate it when that happens!

Access Denied (The Awl) – This adds an interesting dimension to the tension between publishing and technology. It also suggests that ad blocking may not be the only factor in magazine and website money woes.

As one of today’s deals, Amazon has a Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Previous Generation – 3rd) for just $99. This is the 2013 model (presumably new as it does not say refurbished). This model does not have a camera, microphone, HDMI port or the Mayday function.  This model is has no special offers ads.  The device has a 1280×800 screen resolution resolution at 216 ppi.

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: Free Photography e-books

Amazon Fire TVFrom Lifehacker: Over 40 free photography e-books (Note: many of these are in a PDF format and require giving your email address)

Do you know what your rights are if customs wants to search your laptop or smartphone? via MakeUseOf

From the Leftsetz Letter: An interesting article on book availability

The Amazon Fire TV is currently on sale for $84.00. That’s $15 off its regular price of $99.

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.



$100 worth of Android Apps for free via Amazon App store

freeappsAmazon is giving away over $100 worth of Android apps in their app store. The apps, which Amazon dubs “Essential,”  are free Thursday, July 31, 2014 and Friday, August 1, 2014.

There is a nice variety among the 30 apps offered.  These include productivity programs such as an alarm clock, a PDF viewer, a photo editor, a calendar, even workout and travel apps, There are also apps for math and music, games, and language coaching. Instapaper and the Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary are included among the selections.

National Academies Press Offers Free PDF downloads

Effective June 2nd, PDFs of reports that are currently for sale on the National Academies Press (NAP) Website and PDFs associated with future reports* will be offered free of charge to all Web visitors.

According to the site:

NAP produces more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the best-informed views on important issues.

We invite you to visit the NAP homepage and experience the new opportunities available to access our publications. There you can sign up for MyNAP, a new way for us to deliver all of our content for free to loyal subscribers like you and to reward you with exclusive offers and discounts on our printed books. This enhancement to our free downloads means that we can reach out even further to inform government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.

*There are a small number of reports that never had PDF files and, therefore, those reports are not available for download. In addition, part of the series, “Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals” are not be available in PDF and future titles in this series will also not have PDFs associated with them.

There has been a real lack of academic books available for eReaders (free or paid), so this is great news for readers searching for academic materials in an ebook format.