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$100 worth of Android Apps for free via Amazon App store

freeappsAmazon is giving away over $100 worth of Android apps in their app store. The apps, which Amazon dubs “Essential,”  are free Thursday, July 31, 2014 and Friday, August 1, 2014.

There is a nice variety among the 30 apps offered.  These include productivity programs such as an alarm clock, a PDF viewer, a photo editor, a calendar, even workout and travel apps, There are also apps for math and music, games, and language coaching. Instapaper and the Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary are included among the selections.

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Daily Links: 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books

From Digital Book World, American Library Association announces 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books.

From a story in Publishers Weekly, Comixolgy to offer  DRM-free backup copies.

And a couple of e-book finds of the day from my TBR list in the Daily Deals: one of John Brunner’s fascinating SF titles, The Shockwave Rider, and, Midsummer Moon, a humoruous romance by Laura Kinsale (one with a hedgehog, no less!).

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.

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Free Comic Books

weird_mysteriesLooking for Free Comic books?

How about free access to over 15,000 Golden Age Comics, including some interesting pre-code horror comics from the Digital Comic Museum?

Or if you want a great deal on something a little more recent, how about a trial subscription to Marvel Unlimited for only 99 cents for the first month?

Found via Open Culture – which happens to be one of the best resources for fascinating free public domain materials on the web. Hint: You should really subscribe to their feed. :)

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Digital Book Day site extends free book portal for one more day

Yesterday, July 14, 2014, the free book event being offered by DigitalBookDay.com came to a screeching halt when the server crashed–and crashed again. Over 400 e-books were available for free.

Today, there is a post on the website announcing that they will be keeping the site open another day due to the server crashes that kept many people from accessing the free books. Readers are cautioned to double check book prices as all authors may not be able to keep their books free for an extra day.

According to the site, even with the server crashes, over 10,000 readers were able to download over 70,00 books.

According to the blog stats on my post yesterday, there was a huge amount of interest in this free book event. :)

 

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Updated: Digital Book Day: Free e-books July 14, 2014

Digital Book DayMonday, July 14, 2014 (Bastille Day) is the first digital book day, according to DigitalBookDay.com. It is intended to be a “day to celebrate readers, stories, and the authors who create them.” The site is offering links to over 400 free books on hosted various sites. There is a wide range of genres represented:  historical, romance, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, thrillers, and young adult. Represented are books from authors from around the world, including C.J. Lyons, Bob Mayer, Linda Welch and many, many more.

PLEASE NOTE:  The book links will not be live until July 14, 2014. Without being able to click through, it was not clear to me what format the free books are being offered in (mobi, epub or PDF).

There is also a link on the site to sign up to be notified of future free digital book events.

Update: The Digital Book Day site seems to be down. I am getting a database connection error.

Update 2: Evidently, the server crashed. There is a post here on Google plus where authors have been invited to post links to their free books. Authors are welcome to post links to their free books below in the comments.

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Daily Links: Free Kindle e-book and audiobook pair

From The Ebook Reader, this month’s free kindle e-book and audiobook bundle for users of the Amazon Kindle App.

From Make Use Of, an interesting infographic on breaking the cycle of e-book theft.

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.

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Free! 130 e-books from Microsoft

Microsoft’s Eric Ligman has made more than 130 technical books free to download. Topics include: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server and more.  The books are in various formats:  mostly PDFs but there are EPUB, MOBI and DOCX as well.

Fair warning: these downloads seem pretty popular. You may encounter a slow server.

 

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40 Kindle Reads only $1.99 each

tree in brooklynToday only, there are 40 Kindle e-books  from HarperCollins on sale for only $1.99 each. There’s a nice variety in the selections.

Included in the available titles are two of my personal childhood favorites: Alas, Babylon, a post-apocalyptic thriller by Pat Frank and Betty Smith’s poignant coming of age story, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. (And, yes, I had eclectic tastes!)  Both of these books from the 1950s are now considered classics.

 

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Daily Links: Publishers offer free, discounted books you already own

From Boing Boing, Publishers offer free or discounted e-books of books you already own 

US National Archives To Upload All Holdings To Wikimedia Commons, from TechCrunch.

And from the eBookReader, a look at the E-Card smartphone reader.

Interesting piece from Zapier:  Read More, Faster and Better with these 30+ Apps, Tips and Tricks.

There is An infographic on e-book piracy from Teleread.

And finally, from Talking New Media, the sad state of the digital Newsweek magazine.

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.

 

 

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Daily Links: Romance Novel app unveiled

These are from the last few days:

From Goodereader: RWA Novel App unveiled

From The Digital Reader: Kindle Cloud app goes international

From Open Culture: Free NASA book on communicating with Aliens

From Teleread: Free Liberace Biography

 

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.

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