2017 Oasis unboxing photos

My new 2017 Oasis arrived yesterday. I got the 32GB version. I am still in the process of setting up, so no real initial impressions so far.

Here are a few unboxing pictures:

The box in the sleeve:

The sleeve and the inner box:

Open box with the first view of the device:

Box contents and Kindle Tree logo:

Device on first setup screen and box content view:

Back of Oasis (in horizontal view):

Since I really prefer third-party covers to styles and prices of the Amazon ones, I haven’t bought a cover for the device yet, so my use of will be somewhat limited except at home.

The Kindle Oasis is currently sold out, with the next shipments expected later in November.

Daily Links and Deals – RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store

daily_links_1Today, the Nexus 9 is no more, an interesting piece on how old family photos find a new purpose in art, a look at the excitement that we used to find in gadgets. In Deals, Amazon is having device sales for Mother’s Day and Kobo is having a Buy One, Get One sale.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 28, 2016:

RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store (9 to 5 Google) The Nexus 9 never seemed to be as popular a device as its 7 inch brother…. And, yeah, it was overpriced.

The Digital Afterlife of Lost Family Photos (NYT) An interesting and poignant piece. How do we label this? Is it art, history or intrusion?

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector (Computer World) That story about Apple getting rid of the headphone jack in new devices is starting to sound more plausible.

Mossberg: When gadgets were king (The Verge) This story took me back. Leave a comment if you ever struggled to connect a 2400-baud modem.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, a Cinderella re-telling, for $2.99.

There’s still time for gifts for Mother’s Day! Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

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. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France by Richard Goodman for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Uninvited by Cat Winters for $1.99.

Kobo is also having a Buy One Get One free sale, ends May 2, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel by Glenn Erik Hamilton for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Limited-Time 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.

July 15th is Amazon Prime Day

Amazon has just announced that in honor of its 20th birthday, it will be celebrating Prime Day on Wednesday, July 15th.  According to Amazon, the day is described as

a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.  On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.

Amazon is also featuring a #PrimeLiving Contest to highlight the Prime Photos cloud storage feature. Users of Amazon Prime are invited to contribute  photos for a contest with a chance to win a $10,000 Amazon Gift Card in each  country that is eligible for Prime Day. According to Amazon:

Amazon is providing members a forum to share how Prime helps enable some of their happy moments. Did you save enough time today to take the dog for a long walk? Did you finish your shopping while lounging at the beach? Did you create a family film festival at home? Did you find the perfect playlist to create a summer dance party? After a long week of work, did you still arrive in the perfect outfit with just the right gift? Take a snap, capture the moment. Members simply sign into Prime Photos between July 6 and July 15 to submit a photo on the contest page amazon.com/primeliving. Photos will be selected and featured daily on Amazon’s social channels leading up to Prime Day. One winner will be selected in each country based on the image that most creatively captures a happy moment of #PrimeLiving. Winners will also be invited to have their photos become screen savers on Amazon Fire TV.

Amazon Prime costs $99 per year in the United States and offers a variety of benefits, including free shipping,  video and music streaming as well as free and reduced priced ebooks and other benefits for its members.

For more information on Prime Day and a link to the photo contest, click here.


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)