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: Only one book has made the Amazon Top 10 every year for the past decade

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, December 21,  2016:

Android eReader Roundup – List of 6-inch Android eBook Readers (The eBook Reader) Not for the faint of heart, but if you are interested in an e-ink e-reader that does not belong to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo, here’s a list.

SF Public Library revives plan to install microchips in books (SF Examiner) Kind of speechless at the privacy implications of this one….

Only one book has made the Amazon Top 10 every year for the past decade (Quartz) Um, why? And whys is this Kindle book selling for $20?

AT&T unveils network-level robocall blocking, call spam warnings (Ars Technica) Good idea. But why don’t they have this for landlines? All they have is the number block feature.Oh, wait. They don’t like landlines.

Sling TV accidentally reveals its set-top box for cord cutters (Engadget) This looks interesting, particularly as I thought Sling TV was awful to use on a Roku. Hopefully, the box will be better.

Family-friendly streaming service VidAngel refuses to shut down, despite court order (Techcrunch) Not a fan of censorship in general, but flouting the law is really going too far.

PersonalData.IO helps you get access to your personal data (Open Knowledge) Want to find out how companies are using your data? This may help.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris.

In Today’s Deals, an Anime lover’s extravaganza: movies, seasons and more.

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.)

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 a collection of 17 Assassin’s Creed comics for just $0.99 each! The Romance Daily Find is A Christmas Bride by Jo Ann Ferguson.

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 The Patriot Threat A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 10) by Steve Berry. The Extra Daily Deal is The Innocent: The Fifth Ryan Lock Novel by Sean Black.

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 Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(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: Are paper books better for children or e-books? The answer is more complex than you think

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, December 19,  2016:

Google Drive subscriptions will be processed & managed in Google Play starting in January (9 to 5 Google) Hopefully, this change will make it easier to purchase and manage Drive storage.

Are paper books better for children or e-books? The answer is more complex than you think (Scroll.IN) Is shared reading a factor in the E versus P equation for children?

Here are the last dates you can order presents from major retailers for guaranteed Christmas delivery (Quartz) Hint: Today is one of them.

Good news: Vine will survive, but it wont be the same (The Next Web) It is definitely Vine light, but the company is adding some features to help people migrate their followers to Twitter.

Evernote apologizes for its new privacy policy (Ars Technica)  So many people were upset about the way Evernote handled this, the company did a complete 360. Having an employee read your notes is now opt-in.

How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display (Engadget)  Netflix for fine arts? What a fun idea!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1) by Veronica Roth and Ticker by Lisa Mantchev.

In Today’s Deals, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate All in One Remote with Customizable Touch Screen and Closed Cabinet RF Control, works with Alexa.

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’s an All-New Fire HD 8 Variety Pack, 32GB with two devices (choice of colors) for $200.

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.)

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 If I Run by Terri Blackstock. The Romance Daily Find is The Bailey Flanigan Collection: Leaving, Learning, Longing, Loving by Karen Kingsbury.

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 Holiday Wishes by Nora Roberts  The Extra Daily Deal is Matt Helm – Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton.

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 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(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 – Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes

Daily Links for Monday, December 12,  2016:

A Hacker’s Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy (Fast Company) Some of the best ideas for protecting your privacy from some people who really know what they are talking about.

New ransomware lets you decrypt your files — by infecting other users (ZD Net) And that’s not even the bad part. Read the supposed reason why these hackers are doing this. Unbelievable.

Dating apps have made saving phone numbers complicated (The Verge) Computers are supposed to make things easier, right?

Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes (ZD Net) Fascinating story that showcases how man’s best friend still has an important role to play in law enforcement, even in the computer age.

Skype’s radical real-time voice translator now works with normal phone calls (PC World) Skype is really working on becoming a universal translator….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Body Departed by J.R. Rain.

In Today’s Deals, a Portable Charger RAVPower 22000mAh 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank USB Battery Pack and up to 50% off Star Wars favorites. You can also get savings on Samsung MicroSD cards: the Samsung 128GB up to 48MB/s EVO Class 10 and the Samsung 256GB 95MB/s EVO Select.

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.

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.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Cooking with Mary Berry by Mary Berry. The Romance Daily Find is The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James.

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 Dragonlore The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson.  The Extra Daily Deal is Moon Shell Beach A Novel by Nancy Thayer.

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 50 Self-Help Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(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: INDIA – Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, November 14, 2016:

Your iPhone’s has a hidden signal strength meter (ZD Net) This hack shows you how to use it.

Signal Downloads Spiked After Election Results (Motherboard) Post-election, encrypted messaging app Signal has a lot of new users.

Federal judge orders Amazon to refund in-app purchases made by children (The Verge) Amazon is paying the price for not warning parents about in-app purchases in children’s games.

Amazon Japan’s manga-centric Kindle is all about storage (Engadget) Alook at a Manga-optimized Kindle sold by Amazon Japan.

INDIA: Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1 (The Hindu Business Line) A 15 percent excise tax is designed to level the playing field for domestic retailers.

AdultFriendFinder network hack exposes 412 million accounts (ZD Net) This adult dating and entertainment company’s poor security practices are supposedly to blame for the breach.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shady Cross by James Hankins.

In Today’s Deals, RAVPower battery power banks.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is NIV, Lifehacks Bible, eBook: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits by Kevin DeYoung. The Romance Daily Find is Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Kobo Presents The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Helfers, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, and many others. The Extra Daily Deal is Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy Book 1) by J.R. Ward.

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 until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Careless People by Sarah Churchwell.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers

daily_links_1Today, an article that expresses the view that using an ad blocker is like using sunblock–it’s an act of self protection. Also, an app that will cancel subscriptions for you, a look a online streaming(again), upcoming changes to the Apple ecosystem and more. In deals, a 55 inch OLED TV by LG.

Daily Links for day, August 29, 2016:

It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers (Project VRM) Publishers are missing the point, People do not want to be targeted and stalked across websites. This is a privacy issue.

These Apps Can Help You Finally Cancel That Subscription You Keep Forgetting (Motherboard) Let’s be honest: we’ve probably all done this at one time or another.

On-demand music streaming has won (Recode) Labels may complain in public about streaming, but others says that they are making more than enough money to make up for the losses.

Don’t buy anything Apple-related right now (everything is changing) (The Next Web) Apples upcoming change to USB-C may change everything. September and the actual announcements are just around the corner.

Library of Congress might become a piracy hub, RIAA says (Torrent Freak) If the proposed change proceeds, “the RIAA urges it to consult the record labels to make sure that state of the art technological protection measures are deployed to secure their work.” So the RIAA want the government to consult them first? Can you say entitlement?

9 Stages Of Being Obsessed With A Romance Novel Series (Bustle) LOL! This is so true (and also happens with mysteries, sci-fi series, etc.).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi.

In Today’s Deals, a LG Electronics 55-Inch 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV.   Also, you can get a the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Thin Black Line: A Mike Walton Thriller by Simon Gervais. The Romance Daily Find is Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3) by Jennifer Ryan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sam Prichard Series – Books 1-4 by David Archer.  The Extra Daily Deal is Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels Book 2) by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Kill Order by James Dashner.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(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: Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone

daily_links_1Today, a look at your actual legal rights regarding rooting and jailbreaking your phone (as opposed to what manufacturers may tell you). Also, Barnes and Noble fires its CEO, there are new Hogwarts stories coming from J.K. Rowling, and author Philippa Gregory wants accuracy in films made from her books. In deals, savings on Vizio TVs, laptops and back to school bargains on Kindle and Fire device.

Daily Links for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward (Ars Technica) Although it is being allowed to continue, this case has a lot of hurdles to clear in order to succeed.

Barnes & Noble drops its CEO after deeming him ‘not a good fit’ (Techcrunch) Sigh. They might try looking for someone who has actually sold books or worked in the industry….

J.K. Rowling to publish new ‘Stories from Hogwarts’ in 3 eBooks this September (Hypable) Wasn’t the play supposed to be the final bit in the series?

Philippa Gregory insists on ‘fact clause’ in film contracts (The Bookseller) Given filmmakers’ tendencies to put drama over actual facts, this should be interesting.

Companies can’t legally void your warranty for jailbreaking or rooting your phone (Motherboard) Do you know what your legal rights are concerning your phone. This suggests that a lot of people don’t.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel by Robert Crais.

In Today’s DealsVIZIO 1080p Smart LED TV (various sizes), an ASUS ZenBook Pro Signature Edition Laptop (Certified Refurbished) and a Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished) – Corded.

In other deals, back to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and$20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore. The Romance Daily Find is The Asset
by Anna del Mar.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Whites A Novel by Richard Price, Harry Brandt. The Extra Daily Deal is Something in the House
A Supernatural Mystery by D. L. Lewis.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes With or Without You by Domenica Ruta.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals ebooks at up to 75% off.

(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.