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.

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Daily Links and Deals: He Used the Internet—I Used the Encyclopedia

daily_links_1Today, stories include, a then and now look at the differences in the technology we use in college, a new way of paying bills online, a how to on removing malware and much more. In deals, A/V receivers, new Fire tablets in colors and accessories at 50% off.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 21, 2016:

Senate Library (University of London) Provides Interactive Shakespeare Timeline Online (Infodocket) This is great for fans of the Bard!

He Used the Internet—I Used the Encyclopedia (Huffington Post) An interesting look at the tools used in college, then and now….

Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo (Techcrunch) This sounds really easy and could change the way we pay bills.

ICYMI: These 7 words and phrases from the Web are heading into the dictionary (The Next Web) Acronyms from the online world continues to become more and more mainstream.

Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution using Change.org in a democracy experiment (Quartz) This is a fascinating first. It will be interesting to see the results of this.

Your PC has malware! Here’s how to remove it (PCWorld) Do you know what to do if you get a virus or malware? There’s some helpful links here for diagnosing infections as well.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley for $1.99 ans well as books by John Hart.

In Today’s Deals, there’s an Origami R5-01W General Purpose 4-Shelf Steel Collapsible Storage Rack with Wheels and a deal for savings of up to 50% off select Onkyo 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receivers. 

Amazon id now offering the 8 GB $50 Fire in colors! Besides black, you can get blue, magenta and tangerine. The 16 GB version is only $20.00 more. And don’t  forget to protect your investment with a case! There are lots of cases, covers and accessories to choose from for 50% off.

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.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart for 2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Last Child by John Hart for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Cubicles by Camika Spencer 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: It’s Discounted, but Is It a Deal? How List Prices Lost Their Meaning

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, March 10, 2016:

A 68 Hour Playlist of Shakespeare’s Plays Being Performed by Great Actors: Gielgud, McKellen & More (Open Culture) -Wow! This should keep you busy!

South Korea: “Fewer University Students Use Libraries” (Infodocket) – The mantra for the digital age: trying to explain that “library usage is more than a building.”

Barnes & Noble: Years Later & Still No Clue (The Digital Reader) – Great piece on the root of Barnes and Nobles’ problems.

Google launches the Android Beta Program, gives you easy OTA access to Android N (9 to 5 Google) If you have a Nexus and want to play with the latest version of Android.

It’s Discounted, but Is It a Deal? How List Prices Lost Their Meaning (NYT) – Nowadays, it is really hard to make sure you are getting a deal online. And if we apply this to books? Hm.

How ‘LOL’ Became a Punctuation Mark (The Atlantic) – Okay, any article that quotes  linguists David Cyrstal and John McWhorter has got to be good. 🙂

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel for $1.99.

In Amazon’s Today’s Deals, they are featuring a Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology (White)  for $19.99. I use multi-port chargers all over my house. 🙂

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is After Anna by Alex Lake for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is Red Fire by Deidre Knight for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1) by Patrick Ness for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health 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.

Library Corner 1-28-2016

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

DPLA Adds New “Primary Source Sets” For Grades 6-12 and Higher Education (Infodocket) – These sets are designed for students and teachers in grades 6-12 and higher education.

S.F. library rolls out Biblio Bistro for lessons on cooking (SF Gate) – Yes,  you can incorporate cooking healthy food into a library program. This is inspiring!

California: LA Public Library Launching a Two-Week Valentine’s Day Themed Amnesty Program For Overdue Materials (Infodocket) – This is an innovative library amnesty program.

*UPDATE* Wisconsin: Committee OKs bill expanding library powers (KSL) – Bill allowing police involvement for overdue books clears another hurdle.

Iowa: In Dubuque, no ‘Appraisal’ worth losing Wood’s works (TH Online) –  Library turns down $6 million for painting in collection.

International Library News:

Canada: What happens when you find a long-lost violin concerto in a library basement? (CBC) – A concerto is by the Norwegian found in the collection of Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow.

Policy and Privacy:

Amid Controversy, Scholastic Pulls Picture Book About Washington’s Slave (NPR) – This article discusses the other side of history that exists amidst claims of whitewashing the topic of slavery.

Penguin Random House Ebooks Now Licensed for Perpetual Access (American Library) – No more limits on the time period or number of circulations for Penguin Random House content. But the pricing is a different story.

Copyright:

U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act (USPTO) – A new white paper looks at some of the issues connected with current copyright law such as remixes, first sale doctrine and the complicated issues of infringement and statutory damages.

Reference and Statistics:

Education: An International Database of Learning Assessments (Infodocket)

Introducing New Hampshire Public Radios’s Election Database (NHPR)

New “State of the Climate” Report/Data: “2015 is Earth’s Warmest Year by Widest Margin on Record” (Infodocket)

American Cancer Society Launches New Cancer Statistics Web Site  (American Cancer Society)

Digital Collections:

Games to Learn By: National Library of Medicine Announces Three New Resources for Students (NLM)

Making the Work of Florence Nightingale Available (BU Today)

View Online: A Film From 1963 Provides a Look at “Inner Workings” of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) (Infodocket)

Shakespeare Documented: Largest Online Shakespeare Resource Launches (PR News)

New “Europeana Collections” Website (Beta) Now Live (Infodocket)

The Internet Archive’s New “Political TV Ad Archive” Launches Tomorrow (Infodocket)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive (Texas State Library)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.