Amazon has just announced that in honor of its 20th birthday, it will be celebrating Prime Day on Wednesday, July 15th. According to Amazon, the day is described as
a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.
Amazon is also featuring a #PrimeLiving Contest to highlight the Prime Photos cloud storage feature. Users of Amazon Prime are invited to contribute photos for a contest with a chance to win a $10,000 Amazon Gift Card in each country that is eligible for Prime Day. According to Amazon:
Amazon is providing members a forum to share how Prime helps enable some of their happy moments. Did you save enough time today to take the dog for a long walk? Did you finish your shopping while lounging at the beach? Did you create a family film festival at home? Did you find the perfect playlist to create a summer dance party? After a long week of work, did you still arrive in the perfect outfit with just the right gift? Take a snap, capture the moment. Members simply sign into Prime Photos between July 6 and July 15 to submit a photo on the contest page amazon.com/primeliving. Photos will be selected and featured daily on Amazon’s social channels leading up to Prime Day. One winner will be selected in each country based on the image that most creatively captures a happy moment of #PrimeLiving. Winners will also be invited to have their photos become screen savers on Amazon Fire TV.
Amazon Prime costs $99 per year in the United States and offers a variety of benefits, including free shipping, video and music streaming as well as free and reduced priced ebooks and other benefits for its members.
For more information on Prime Day and a link to the photo contest, click here.
The Amazon Echo is now available to all customers. Previously, the voice-activated system was only available by invitation only. The always-on system features Alexa, Amazon’s answer to Siri and Cortana and allows hands-free access to music, including Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. The device also can retrieve information from Wikipedia or the web, tell you the weather, set timers and alarms, relay the latest news, and compile shopping/to-do lists.
Over the past few months, Amazon has added a number of new features to the system. It can now:
- Work with connected home systems
- Play Pandora radio
- Read Audible books aloud
- Access Google Calendar
- Use IFTT
- Re-order Prime items
- Relay sports scores and schedules
- Give you traffic reports, including routes and travel times
- Allow you to customize news.
Amazon Echo retails for $179.99 and starts shipping on July 14, 2015. You can learn more about the device or order one here.
Nearly 70 Writers, Scholars, and Leaders Sign Letter Supporting NYC Libraries (Infodocket)
Data Reinvents Libraries for the 21st Century (GovTech)
UK: Findings from Study on Remote Library Lending of E-Books Published (Infodocket)
Copy of original Star Wars script discovered in UNB library (CBC News)
Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate, Digital Resource Guide Released (Infodocket)
Regina libraries won’t censor internet use, including porn (CKOM)
How the DPLA could turn itself into a real ‘public’ library system—and encourage billionaires to pay for it and an academic system (Library City)
Video: University of Minnesota Libraries Completes Digitization of More Than 4,500 Historical Aerial Photos of Minneapolis (Infodocket)
State Department Launches Redesigned ForeignAssistance.gov Website (US Dept of State)
Cell phone book clubs: What they’re like and what they can do for K-12 kids, their parents and others (Library City)
New Issue of Library of Congress Magazine Takes a Look at Collecting Comedy (Infodocket)
Publication of renowned American History archive complete (Sage)
Database of US Police Killings (Guardian)
Data Report: 21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month (Infodocket)
Michigan GIS Data (Michigan DTMB)
Air Polution Data (EPA Connect)
Earthquake map in real time for Oregon, California and the Pacific (The Oregonian)
Two New Databases: New America Foundation Launches “World of Drones” (Regulations and Civil Use of Drones) (Infodocket)
Getty Foundation Launches Searchable Online Grant Database (The Getty Iris)
U.S. Gov Docs: Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) Expands Coverage and Welcomes Personal Members (Infodocket)
Worker Safety Groups Release New U.S. Worker Fatality Database (COSH)
A New Open Data Set of Wildlife Photos from the Serengeti Including 300,000 Tagged Images) (Infodocket)
With Google’s Support, Plant Biologists Build First Online Database Of All The World’s Plant Species (International Business Times)
Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets (LOC)
Architecture: MIT’s Archnet Database Adds Images of Yemen (Infodocket)
About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online. I also post other links of interest about the digital life on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.
Today, Amazon announced a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite. It has a 300 ppi high resolution display, equivalent to the Kindle Voyage. (The current model is 212 ppi.) Like the current Paperwhite, this new ereader will also soon receive the new font and feature update that includes a new more readable font and enhanced hyphenation and page layout features. The starting price will remain the same as the current model: $119 with special offers. The device ships on June 30, 2015 and will be available worldwide. You can find out more info and order here.
Amazon is continuing to offer the current Paperwhite covers alongside the new Kindles, so presumably, there has been no change in the size of the device. That is a plus if you like to use a cover; it generally takes a while for 3rd party vendors to catch up if you are looking for a budget priced cover like the MoKo Cover Case or MoKo clamshell.
Where I am confused is the area of naming conventions. As it usually does for the latest iteration of a device, Amazon is calling this version the “All-new” Paperwhite. If you are keeping score, this new version is actually the fourth for the Paperwhite. There was the 2012 version, the 2013 version (Paperwhite 2) which had 2GB of RAM. Then came the second iteration (2014) of the Paperwhite 2 which had 4GB of Ram. I haven’t yet heard the storage capacity of the new one yet…. It really would have helped if they had called this the Paperwhite HD or something catchy like that. :)
Right now. I am going to pass on a new Paperwhite, unless one of my older Kindles bites the dust. I have two Paperwhite 2’s now, one 2GB and one 4GB. A slightly higher resolution is not enough of an upgrade to make me pull the plug.
So, what about you? Are you tempted by the new, improved Paperwhite?
If you are a James Bond fan (and who isn’t?), Amazon has 14 e-books of Ian Fleming’s James Bond titles on sale for just $1.99 each. The sale lasts until June 21, 2015 and includes titles such as Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.
These are listed as the James Bond Extended Series and each book has the following label:
The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.
If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited, the books are free to read as part of the membership package.These are also available for free as part of the Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) program.