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.

Daily Links and Deals: Why Zelda Was so Revolutionary When It Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, February 21, 2016:

13 Free Things on the Internet You Should Be Using (Time) – Free ebooks, audiobooks, courses, cloud storage and more.You probably know most of these, but it is a great list. 🙂

Reading sacred texts on screens, not paper: Does it matter? (Baptist News) –  This is an E versus P conversation that I don’t think I’ve ever heard discussed before….

Which VPN Services take your Anonymity Seriously? 2016 Edition (Torrent Freak) – Nice round up of the privacy practices of VPNs.

Endless Mini review: A low-cost desktop that’s useful even without the Internet (CNET) –  The usefulness of this device without the Internet is its real strength.

Why Zelda Was so Revolutionary When It Came Out 30 Years Ago Today (Motherboard) – Happy Birthday, Zelda!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva  by Rosemary Sullivan for $1.99.

Amazon also has the Fire HD 8 for only $99.99.  (This is an unannounced sale with no end date/time listed, so it may disappear quickly.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Series #4) by David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson for $4.99. This is the controversial series sequel that triggered a Viking curse by Larrson’s longtime partner. The Romance Daily Find is Lovers and Liars: A Novel by Sally Beauman for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes White Tiger: Dark Heavens Book One by Kylie Chan 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Audio cassettes are back—because hipsters

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, January 30, 2016:

The internet bundle is already here (The Verge) – What would it be like if the internet has add-on tiers and bundles like cable?

Why the hell is Be Like Bill deemed a bigger privacy risk than ‘123456’ as our password? (The Next Web) – Memes and password scares. Is this our reality now?

Your parents are about to join Snapchat (if they haven’t already) (CNET) – Parents ruin everything, don’t they?

Unlicensed LTE in the 3.5GHz band could be good for enterprises (Computer World) –  Usable spectrum exists that won’t crowd out wi-fi.

MovieLaLa’s desktop GIF Maker will have you ruining Twitter feeds in minutes (The Next Web) – Because we need more GIFs….

Why the war on VPNs is one Netflix can’t win (Engadget) – Licensing rights or security? There is more at stake than protecting geo-blocked territories.

Audio cassettes are back—because hipsters (Quartz) There has been a huge increase in cassette sales. Yes, I said cassette. Will it last?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes all three books in the  The Spider Trilogy  by J.R. Rain, Scott Nicholson and Arthur Night for $1.99 each. This sounds like a fun, sexy vampire series.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Departure by A. G. Riddle for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Night Owl by M. Pierce $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tough Customer by Sandra Brown for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Perfekt Order (Aere Saga book 1) by ST Bende for $3.99.

(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.

Daily Links: Netflix starts blocking Australian customers from US catalogue

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, January 22, 2016:

Netflix starts blocking Australian customers from US catalogue (Stuff) – Sorry, Australia! Netflix is already making good on its promise to start blocking VPNs.

California wants to ban encrypted phones (CNET) – Um…. that means no Apple sales in their own backyard. And no Android?

Penguin Random House Ebooks Now Licensed for Perpetual Access (American Library) – Yes, the books now have a perpetual license, but wait til you see the price tag!

Google launches free high-speed Wi-Fi network in Mumbai Central station (9 to 5 Google) – We’ve been hearing a lot about New York’s new wi-fi stations, but Google’s roll-out in Mumbai could be a game changer.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes The Diamond Self Secret: Say Goodbye to Your Inner Critic and Hello to Self-Acceptance, Serenity, and Lasting Love (The Love Mentor’s Guide) by Diana Kirshner for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find features eight books in Joane Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series, priced from $1.99 to $3.99.  The Romance Daily Find is On the Scent (Psychic Detectives Series #1) by Angela Campbell for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Wicked Ride ( Book 1 in the Realm Enforcers series) by Rebecca Zanetti for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle 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.