Daily Links and Deals: How did ‘Cyber Monday’ begin? (Plus deal, deals, deals!)

cybermondayIt is Cyber Monday, and there are lots of deals today on tablets, ereaders and hundreds of ebooks at priced at under $5.

Daily Links for day, November 28,  2016:

Tablets: Why businesses are falling in love with them, just as consumers are getting bored (ZD Net) European businesses are liking 2-in-1 tablets in a big way.

‘Google Cast’ is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers (PC World) And the name is….Um, I think somebody needs to make up their mind.

Why you should start using Google Keep right away (Computer World) Trying this now. Because of the price increase, I am trying to clear my Evernote account before the renewal date. And, yes, Keep is available as an app for your desktop or as a Chrome extension.

Here’s the tech you shouldn’t buy on Black Friday (CNET) Since this applies in spades to Cyber Monday, it is worth a read.

How did ‘Cyber Monday’ begin? Here’s an interesting video on the origins of CyberMonday

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals for Cyber Monday includes over 400 titles at up to 85% off!

Today’s Deals include the Moto Z Unlocked Smartphone, 64GB (U.S. Warranty) plus many, many more.

For Cyber Monday, Kindle Unlimited subscriptions are on sale! Get 25% off a 6 months subscription, 33% off 12 months and 40% off a two year subscription.

All of the Echo lineup is on sale. Get the Amazon Echo  for $139.99, the Echo Dot (2nd Generation) ($39.99) and the Amazon Tap  for $89.99.

The All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote  is $29.99.

If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

Want a Fire Tablet? Amazon has you covered. Get the Fire tablet, 7″ for $33.33; Fire Tablet Variety Pack (3 tablets), $99.99;  Fire HD 8, $59.99 and the Fire Kids Bundle for $74.99.

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 for Cyber Monday is 500 NOOK books under $5. The Romance Daily Find is Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay Series #1) by Jill Shalvis.

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

All of the Nook Devices are also on sale here! You can find the new $50 NOOK tablet, the entire line of Samsung branded tablets and the e-ink Glowlight Plus, all at reduced prices.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter.

For Cyber Monday, Kobo is also having a huge blowout sale with hit ebook titles under $4.99. (Today only.)

In device deals, the Kobo Aura Edition 2 is $99.99. The Kobo Touch 2.0 is $89.99 and includes a free sleepcover. All Kobo device offer free shipping today.  (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly is also having an Great Books, Amazing Deals sale with hundreds to titles. Books include A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and other fiction and non-fiction titles.

Google has a lot of Cyberweek Specials: In Books, there are deals for Cyber Monday and you get up to 75% off Comics. In Movies, get half off any movie to own or 50% off anyone movie rental.

In devices, the Google Home is only $99 and comes with 6 months free of YouTube Red music. Plus, you can save $10 on the Chromecast or Chromecast Audio.

(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: Who will get your iTunes when you die?

daily_links_1Most of us invest a lot of money in our digital music and book collections, but what happens to them when we die? Also, a look at what we read in preparation for going back to school, a deal that will bring Netflix to your hotel room and ideas for reusing an old tablet. In deals, an unlocked phone from Nextbit, savings on PC accessories and deals on Kindles, Fires and Alexa-enabled devices.

Daily Links for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

What the US is reading in nervous preparation for the first day of school (Quartz) An interesting look at back to school prep through the eyes of Amazon’s bestseller list.

Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its service in hotels (Engadget) Providing this is secure, this would be absolutely fantastic for travelers!

How to reuse an old tablet (PC Advisor) Here are some great ideas to get more use of some of your old tech.

Who will get your iTunes when you die? (Market Watch) This is an issue that we will see coming up more and more. Now we have to think of “Digital Estate Planning” for the hereafter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby.

In Today’s Deals, a Nextbit Robin Factory Unlocked Phone – Midnight (U.S. Warranty). Also, savings on select PC components and accessories.

For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150. You can also get $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 has three books by paranormal expert Teresa Cheung. The Romance Daily Find is Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel by Chrissie Manby.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta. The Extra Daily Deal is The Elfrida Goto Trilogy (Sol System Renegades Books 1-3) by Felix R. Savage.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

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

Problems with installing the Amazon Instant Video App?

instant videoLast week, Amazon finally released its long-promised Instant Video app for Android. (There was a previous app a few years ago available for the Sony Dash, but that one was removed a while back.)

The new app is designed for phones, although it is working on some tablets. It is a somewhat complicated install procedure because you first must install the Amazon Shopping app, then download the one for Instant Video.

I was able to install the app on my Samsung Note 2 with no problem. I could not, however, get it to work on my Samsung Note 8.

Both Teleread and The Digital Read have posted workarounds for the flash video problem in the past. Today, the MobileRead forum led me to another install method detailed on the Droid Life site. This install involves directly downloading the Instant Video .apk file from Amazon.

I tried the Droid Life method and it installed correctly on my Samsung Note 8 with no problem. 🙂

Hopefully, one of the methods will enable you to get the app working correctly on your device.

Pandigital Novel 7 inch White on Sale

Bed, Bath & Beyond has the White Pandigital Novel Multimedia Tablet PC and Color eReader on sale. It is $169.99 with a $30.oo rebate. If you also have one of the store’s 20% coupons, you can get the item for a good price. They are also available for competitive prices at Radio Shack and Amazon.  (Note: Model number on this is the R70D256)

Like the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, Pandigital recently updated the Novel to add more android tablet functionality. These readers are tied to the Barnes and Noble bookstore. The major complaint seems to be the very slow response of the touchscreen. Read this review at CNET for the info.

That review was somewhat off-putting to me at least – a shame, because for that price (less than half the price of the Nook Color), I would have bought one.

How about you? Are you in the market for a tablet eReader? If so, what’s your price point and must-have feature?