Daily Links and Deals: Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 5,  2016:

Report: Microsoft’s Home Hub will chase Amazon’s Alexa and Echo as a software service (PC World) So now Cortana is getting into the game too?

Hisense A2 leaked: dual-screen phone with AMOLED and E Ink displays (Liliputing) For us e-ink lovers, this is one to watch. Of course, after being disappointed that the Yodaphone never became readily available here in the US, I am not holding my breath.

Why didn’t Google make Chromebooks a priority this holiday season? (Engadget) Love my Chromebook, but they really need to clarify what they are doing. I’m not buying a new one until the market stabilizes.

Google Adds “Buy e-Book” Options to Book Knowledge Panels (The SEM Post)  Buying books may have just gotten easier. This is actually a nice feature. I was surprised that you get a list of vendors instead of just Google Play Books.

Amazon kills the checkout line in new Amazon Go concept store (ZD Net) Wow, would this make shopping easier, although I have a few privacy concerns.

Put one of these Plume pods in each room to blanket your home in Wi-Fi (CNET) Interesting idea. I’d love to see how this works in practice.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye.

In Today’s Deals, a Fire Tablet-Amazon Tap bundle that costs less than the Tap alone!  Includes a Fire Tablet, 7” Display, 16 GB – includes Special Offers plus Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. The Romance Daily Find is Charged (Saints of Denver Series #2) by Jay Crownover.

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

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel (Book 1) by Kelly Jamieson. The Extra Daily Deal is Independence Day: Crucible (The Official Prequel) by Greg Keyes.

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’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes Numero Zero by Umberto Eco.

Google Books has a selection of Big Book 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.