Daily Links and Deals: Can this giant E Ink tablet make paper obsolete?

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, December 2,  2016:

Under pressure from national governments, Commission lowers VAT rates for e-books (EurActiv) New ruling allows EU countries to apply for a lower VAT for ebooks if they choose.

Kindle to support e-books in five Indian languages (The Hindu) Amazon is adding books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam.

Can this giant E Ink tablet make paper obsolete? (The Verge) I am trying to convince my legal pad loving husband he wants one of these, LOL!

There’s a 99 percent chance your fake Apple charger isn’t safe (CNET) A staggering ninety-nine percent of these chargers fail safety tests.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Language of the Dead: A World War II Mystery by Stephen Kelly.

In Today’s Deals, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies on Blu-ray. Also, Bluetooth headsets from SoundPEATS and premium tea and accessories. (Who can say no to tea?)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is over 30 music biographies (Leonard Cohen, John Lennon and more). The Romance Daily Find is all three books in the Tremayne Family series by Anna J. Stewart.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Hawke (A Cold Fury Hockey Novel Book 5) by Sawyer Bennett. The Extra Daily Deal is The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

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 Great Books, Amazing Deals includes The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.

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: IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 22,  2016:

Watch out: ɢoogle.com isn’t the same as Google.com (The Next Web) Did you know that you can use unicode symbols in domain names?

Netflix feels like Blockbuster these days (The Verge) A look at whether Netflix’s recommendations become less personal.

Office Depot caught claiming out-of-box PCs showed “symptoms of malware” (Ars Technica) Two words: Lenovo. Superfish.

Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive (Techcrunch) I think I could really use this one, especially for trips to the grocery store.

IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books (Publishing Perspectives) Who would have guessed that high VAT prices would have a negative effect on ebook buying? Hint: almost anyone who purchases ebooks.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor.

Free Audiobook: Invisible Man: A Novel by Ralph Ellison (Audible – Unabridged Edition).

In Today’s Deals, up to 50% Off Calvin Klein clothing.

Black Friday Deals Week is starting! 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).

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 a selection of 25 books priced at just $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Book 1) by Agatha Christie. The Extra Daily Deal is Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel by Ilona Andrews.

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 Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbø.

Google Books has a selection of Big 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.

Daily Links and Deals: It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet

daily_links_1Today, news that the EU has finally (and sensibly) ruled that ebooks are actually books, paving the way to lower VAT prices. Also, a look at how New York City’s public WiFi is serving the poor, a new way for YouTube creators to interact with their followers and how one library is making itself a public space attraction. In deals, savings on Fossil bags and watches and a Panasonic bread machine. Also, new choices for the Amazon Echo and a new generation of the Echo Dot.

Daily Links for day, September 14, 2016:

Is New York City’s Public Wi-Fi Actually Connecting the Poor? (Motherboard) Part of the mission of LinkNYC is to address the digital divide. How’s it actually doing?

YouTube launches ‘Community’ in beta w/ a new tab for posting text, images, GIFs, and more (9 to 5 Google) Now content creators can engage with their followers directly.

It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet (Roger Packer) This opens the door to slash the very high EU VAT on ebooks. (This story was in the Financial Times yesterday, but I won’t link to paywalled content.)

Shhhh…ake it off at the library, the new happening place to be (KUOW) How libraries are re-imagining themselves as public spaces.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1) by Pearl S. Buck.

In Today’s Deals, get 50% off Fossil watches, bags and more. Also, there’s a Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White.

Echo news:  Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99.  Amazon is offering some interesting bundles, like the one pairing a Echo Dot with the Bose Soundlink Mini II. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

Alexa and the Echo and the Echo Dot are also coming to the UK and later, Germany. See http://www.amazon.co.uk/echo for details.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen. The Romance Daily Find is Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Big Thaw by Donald Harstad. The Extra Daily Deal is Mad Tinker Chronicles Collection by J.S. Morin.

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 out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee.

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: EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates

daily_links_1Today, stories on EU VAT rates, Sling TV adding multiple channels, disturbing news about the Horror Writers Association, email privacy  and more. In deals,Fallout 4 for PC, multi-port chargers and Fire tablet bundles and deals.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 14, 2016:

EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates (RTÉ) I missed this story in all the new Kindle excitement, but it is an important one. High VAT rates on ebooks are a real problem affecting sales in the EU.

Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices (Techcrunch) Sling’s one stream rule at a time was a deal-breaker for many people (including me).  Here’s their alternative.

Are e-books really that important to Amazon? (Teleread) Everyone is scared of Amazon’s domination of the ebook market, but are ebooks that important to Amazon’s bottom line?

Why and When I Will Begin Boycotting the HWA (Brian Keene) Profoundly disturbing story about some of the goings on with the Horror Writers Association.

US House Committee approves bill requiring warrants for e-mail (Ars Technica) Legal provisions to protect our email privacy are wending their way through the system. Will they become a reality.

How Snapchat Killed the Homepage: In an attempt to woo Generation Z, publishers are launching social media-only concepts. (Business of Fashion) It is not your parent’s internet anymore….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Men of the Otherworld: A Collection of Otherworld Tales (The Otherworld Series Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a deal on Fallout 4 for the PCSabrent 60 Watt (12 Amp) 10-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Rapid Charger and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6 and the 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 Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Dark Within by Candice Gilmer for $99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is promoting pre-orders for Bill O’Reilly’s Killing the Rising Sun, the epic true story of America’s fight against World War II Japan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tall, Dark, and Wicked: Wicked Trilogy (Book #2) by Madeline Hunter for $1.99.

Still available until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stweart for $1.99. This book about the plants that humans have turned into alcoholic drinks sounds fascinating!

(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: EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’

daily_links_1Todays stories include news about Apple iOS 9.3, opinions about how to hold a book and the a call for comments on the issue of VAT on ebooks in the EU.  Deals include Pebble Smartwatches and 80% off some of the best-reviewed Kindle books.

Daily Links for Saturday, March 26, 2016:

Apple pulls back iOS 9.3 for older devices (Mashable) As an owner of several “older devices” (a relative term with Apple products), I think this is a great idea. If you have ever had your device get slow as molasses after an update, then you know what I mean!

Why Holding A Book In Your Hands Is A Terrible Way To Read A Text (Medium) I really, really would love a foot pedal I could plug into the Kindle and read hands-free during dinner.

Why iBooks is a better file manager than e-book reader (CNET) If you say so. I still can’t find my books in iBooks, so….

EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’ (Publishing Perspectives)  Yes, we do want to lower the VAT on ebooks  in the EU.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features up to 80% off over 25 of the best reviewed Kindle books. These are today only prices and  feature titles by Neil Gaiman, Carolyn Brown, Mitch Albom and more. How about E.B. White’s classic,  Charlotte’s Web  or Daniel Keyes’ touching Flowers for Algernon? Both are for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals,  Amazon is offering a selection of Pebble Smartwatches priced at from $89.99 to $129.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Fair Juno by Stephanie Laurens for $99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is still running several promotions” First, you can take 50% or more off teen bestseller Nook books. They are also running a special where you can get a NOOK Bundle Offer: 10″ NOOK Device, Free Screen Film and Free Cover of Your Choice- a $330+ Value for Just $199.99. And finally, you can take 25% off all Nook Accessories.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Calendar Girl: Volume One by Audrey Carlan for $2.99.

In other deals, Kobo is having a Supersale, offering up to 80% off and  5X Super Points on all purchases. And, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring  bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Where the River Ends by Charles Martin

(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: Zuckerberg Launches Book Club

naimDigital Life:

Zuckerberg Launches Book Club (Publishers Weekly)

VPN Services consider leaving Canada to protect customer privacy (Torrent Freak)

Netflix, VPN Users and the Real Question for Content Providers (Teleread)

Apple to make price adjustments in the App Store due to VAT and exchange rates (Talking New Media)

Angie’s List launches a new digital-only weekly magazine into the Apple Newsstand (Talking New Media)

Gaming and streaming news:

PS Now subscriptions to offer all-you-can-play access starting at $15/month (Ars Technica)

You Can Finally Get ESPN on the Web, for $20 a Month (Recode)

Google announces “Cast” line of home audio products (Ars Technica)

Broadband and telephone news:

Only 25Mbps and up will qualify as broadband under new FCC definition (Ars Technica)

AT&T offers data rollover, but with much stricter limits than T-Mobile (Gigaom)

Deals and Finds:

The first book in Zuckerberg’s book club is The End of Power by Moises Naim.

The Amazon Fire Phone is now priced at $189.

There are over 30 mysteries and thrillers priced at $1.99 or less in today’s  Kindle Daily Deals.  Features book include Max Alan Collins’ Nathan Heller Novels.

Barnes and Nobles Daily Find is featuring 18 thrillers and mysteries for just 99 cents . They are also offering Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger games for $1.99.

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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 links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Germans want reduced taxes on ebooks

file8851243269241From The Digital Reader, Germans call for reduced taxes on ebooks.

Barnes and Nobele has launched their new audiobook app( with free ebooks), via The Ebook Reader.

From Publishing Perspectives, Book Dash uses crowd-sourced publishing to tackle book poverty in Africa.  

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.