Daily Links and Deals: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About How The NY TIMES Book Review Works

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, December 15,  2016:

Information Overload (Pew Research Center) Do you believe that only 20% say they are affected by information overload? That figure sounds low to me….

Twitter app adds livestreaming video, start broadcasting from the tweet compose screen (9 to 5 Google) It was inevitable. Twitter now had live video (without a separate app)..

Don’t like Evernote’s new privacy policy? Here are five free alternatives (ZD Net)  Between Evernote’s recent price changes and now the new privacy issues, a lot of people are looking to make a change.

AT&T’s DirecTV Now plagued with outages and sports blackouts (Ars Technica) Lots of reports of bugs and inconsistencies. Maybe they should have beta tested a little more.

Preserving U.S. Government Websites and Data as the Obama Term Ends (Internet Archive) I found this interesting. I always thought in terms of presidential papers and libraries, not web sites.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About How The NY TIMES Book Review Works (Literary Hub) Sort of makes the “Best Of” process seem a little less special.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes up to 85% off a nice selection of 38 popular Kindle Books, including Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory.

In Today’s Dealssave up to 40% on select TP-Link networking products.

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.)

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 Settle for More by Megyn Kelly. The Romance Daily Find is First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars Series #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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 First Star I See Tonight A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The Extra Daily Deal is Song of Dragons: The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson.

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 Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery–Book #1) by Blake Pierce.

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: There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 30,  2016:

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone From Anywhere In The World (Vanity Fair) This may be a bit TL;DR for some, but it is fascinating case study on malware and cyber security issues.

Netflix for Android now lets you download videos to watch offline (9 to 5 Google) This is huge!  Related: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services offline with PlayOn Cloud (from PC World).

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits (The Next Web) Funny? Yes. But the privacy concern outweigh that. And it skates dangerously close to shaming people for their music choices.

There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets (The Verge) Um… I am kind of scratching my head at this one. I get the premise, but black and white e-ink? Seriously?

Twitter now ranks your conversations based on who replies (Engadget) Why won’t they just leave Twitter alone?

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption (Techcrunch) This Investigatory Powers law is pretty scary, especially because of how many people can access the information without a warrant.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features popular reads on Kindle for $2.99, including Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King.

In Today’s Deals, Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (only the Charcoal Black ones are on sale).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry. The Romance Daily Find is The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal Series #1) by Elle Wright.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth. The Extra Daily Deal is Come Home to Sweetgrass Boxed Set: Books 1-3 Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs (plus bonus Christmas novella) by Jean Brashear.

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’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

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: I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story

daily_links_1Today, an opinion piece on must-have elements in romance novels. Also, Netflix weighs in on data caps, a critical view of the five-year limit on Chromebooks’ usleful life, a retro Nintendo deck and more. In deals, Norton Security Deluxe software.

Daily Links for day, September 13, 2016:

Twitter finally sets date to grow beyond its 140 character limit (The Next Web) Names and links won’t count against your limit soon.

Netflix wants annoying data caps to be illegal (The Verge) Netflix is lobbying really hard to ditch the data caps.

The RetroUSB AVS just replaced my childhood Nintendo (Engadget) Okay. I still have a huge box of original games in the basement that I have held onto for years. #hoarderwins

I Love Reading Romance Novels, But I Won’t Compromise On These Elements Of A Love Story (Bustle) Romance novels are very popular. Here’s a look look at one person’s must have elements list.

Why my older Chromebook has a right to live, even if Google says it’s over (PC World) Google has decided that Chromebooks have a five year life cycle. But what if your machine still functions fine?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett.

In Today’s DealsNorton Security Deluxe for 5 Devices.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mystery Series #1) by Max Wirestone. The Romance Daily Find is The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Wednesday Sisters A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton. The Extra Daily Deal is Crysis: Legion by Peter Watts.

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 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes This Time Together by Carol Burnett.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals (up to 75% 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: Sales at B and N Down Over 6% in Q1

daily_links_1Today, Barnes and Noble reports their Q1 earnings and the results are not pretty. Also some news a couple of interesting stories from yesterday’s Apple event (We all heard about the headphone jack beforehand, right?). And, news on cord cutting, Twitters new changes to direct messages and a piece on downsizing your library. In deals, $20 off Madden NFL 17.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 8, 2016:

Apple just made replacing your cracked iPhone screen more affordable (CNET) Update to AppleCare+ warranty lowers the cost of fixing a cracked screen to $29.

Apple’s New iPhone Doesn’t Have A Headphone Jack, What Does That Mean For Your Car? (Jalopnik) Headphone are one thing, but how do you connect on the road? The age of your vehicle and the design of the stereo system are pivotal.

Cord cutting is a bigger bargain than ever (PC World) A run through the numbers based on current prices and options.

Don’t Worry, Here’s How You Can Disable Twitter DM Read Receipts (Motherboard) If you hate auto DMs and check out my Facebook messages as much as I do, you may appreciate learning how to turn it off.

Sales at B&N Down Over 6% in Q1 (Publishers Weekly) This is not surprising for so many reasons….

Downsizing My Library for My Tiny House (Read it Forward) How do you decide which books belong in your life?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner.

In Today’s Deals, save on Madden NFL 17 for Xbox and Playstation.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of Star Trek novels for $1.99 each to celebrate the series 50th anniversary. The Romance Daily Find is Seek Me with All Your Heart (Land of Canaan Series #1) by Beth Wiseman.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is All In (High Stakes Book 1) by Simona Ahrnstedt. The Extra Daily Deal is Savannah’s Song (South of Forever Book 2) by Elizabeth Barone.

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.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Adverbs A Novel by Daniel Handler.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals (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.

Daily Links and Deals: Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked

daily_links_1Today, Twitter is notifying users who may be affected by this latest password leak. (They are still saying it is not a hack.) Also, Google will stop updating older Chromebooks, why robocallers can still call you on your cell and a scary UK startup that reads private conversations to see if you are likely to pay your rent. In deals, a huge set of tools and a Bruaun shaver.

Daily Links for day, June 10, 2016:

Why robocallers can stalk you on your cell phone (PC World) Outdated laws make it easy for telemarketers and scammers to have their way.

Google Will Stop Updating Older Chromebooks From This Month (OMG Google) Important information to read if you have an older Chromebook.

Startup lets landlords scan tenants’ Facebook to check if they can pay rent (The Verge) Scanning social media is bad enough, but “private conversations” are included as well!

Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked (PC World) I have This isn’t stopping anytime soon, so it’s time to buckle down and get secure.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs and speculative thriller Three Days in April by Edward Ashton.

In Today’s Deals, a Crescent CTK170CMP2 Mechanics Tool Set, 170-Piece. Also, the Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver. Also, the Fire HD 10 tablet is still $50 off. The 16GB version is only $179.99. The tablet is also available in both 32GB and 64GB models.

At Barnes and Noble Nook. today marks the start of B-Fest, a three-day event in Barnes & Noble stores celebrating the best books for teens. Today’s Daily Find offers up to 70% off teen and young adult novels. The Romance Daily Find is Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels Book 3) by Loretta Chase 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

daily_links_1Today, finally a color e-ink display, but no e-reader yet. Also,  a look at how Hollywood influences library purchases in Australia, a new ComiXology subscription service, the discontinuation of the Nexus Player, and new standards for captions and subtitles. In deals, 60% off some great luggage sets and $20 off Battleborn for the PS4.

Daily Links for Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Twitter introduces 4 big changes that will make tweets much easier to send and read (PC World) Names and pictures won’t eat into your limit anymore! And a few other good things will be coming soon. Of course, not everyone is happy about these changes.

Google pulls the plug on the Nexus Player (Liliputing) So long, Nexus Player. You’ve been discontinued.

E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers (Techcrunch) We are getting closer to that color e-reader everyone wants, but we;re not anywhere close to a color e-reader yet!

Comixology launches new digital comic subscription service (Entertainment Weekly) I am in the midst of testing ComiXolgy now. I am testing the app, so there’s more to come on this story. There are a lot of complaints about the app for the Kindle Fire tablets…

Accessibility Standards: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Expands Work on Captions and Subtitles for More Accessible Video Content (Infodocket) New global guidelines so that the caption and subtitle experience is more consistent world-wide.

New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on Congress.gov (In Custodia Legis) If you track different legislation, this is a great new tool! This is replacing Thomas and will be a LOT easier.

Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes (SMH) Libraries have to concentrate on the titles that readers ask for. In Australia, books buoyed by film adaptations seem to be getting the lion’s share of the interest.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 60% off luggage & accessories. Also, you can save $20 on Battleborn for the PS4.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Damaged by H.M. Ward for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Do Fish Drink Water? Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers by Bill McLain 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: Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam

daily_links_1Today, news that carriers are agreeing to turn on the FM radio switch that is probably already in your smartphone. Also, news on Chinese instruments for GarageBand, Firefox extensions, good news from Twitter and a post about  Goodreads’ new deals newsletter. In deals, savings on TP-LINK networking products and a bargain on the Kindle HD 6 for Kids tablet (and why you should buy the 16GB version!).

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

Apple’s GarageBand picks up traditional Chinese sounds and instruments in new update (Techcrunch) I can’t wait to try this on my iPad! This allows for a new level of musical creativity.

Twitter will reportedly stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit (The Verge) This, if true, is great news. Being able to have more characters, plus a link or a photo will add to the usability of Twitter.

Digital Assistants Get Women’s Names—Unless They’re ‘Lawyers’ (Motherboard) Um, this is really disturbing. “Subservient”? Really?

15 useful extensions to improve Firefox (CNET) If you are a Firefox user, these are all useful extensions.

This nifty earpiece will translate your conversations in real-time (The Next Web) If you are a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to  the Galaxy, you may find this somewhat familiar…

Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree to flip the switch (9 to 5 Google) Finally! This is great news. If your phone is capable of this, why not be able to use it? After all, OTA radio is not quite dead yet.

Goodreads Deals: A New Way to Promote Your Ebooks to Millions of Goodreads Members (U.S. Market) (Goodreads) Goodreads is now offering their own bargain books newsletter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals,  up to 40% off select TP-LINK networking products and the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Tablet, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB with Kid-Proof Case. Note that you can get the 8GB version for $100. The 16GB is $20 more, but I have read too many comments from parents who said the kids ran out of room on the 8GB version. The 16GB is the better buy!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.  The Extra Daily Deal is Katerina Carter Color of Money Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by Colleen Cross for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes None of Your Business by Valerie Block for 99 cents.

Google has a Bad Boys of Romance promotion.

(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.