Did you know: Sale prices at your favorite vendor

question markDid you know that if you see a e-book on sale at one online store, there’s a good chance you may be able to find that same title in your preferred format at the retailer of your choice? Many books are put on sale by the publisher and not the retailer, and in those cases, you are  likely to find the sale price on another site.

The Hum and the Shiver book coverFor example, today the Nook Daily Find is Alex Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver: A Novel of the Tufa (Tufa Novels Book 1) for $2.99. Since I prefer to read on my Kindle, I looked on Amazon for the book. Sure enough, The Hum and the Shiver is also $2.99 today so I bought it there. The book is also available at Google Play, Kobo and iTunes for the sale price.

This doesn’t always work. Sometimes the book prices are discounted by the store, not the publisher. Some stores are slow to change prices. I have often seen sale prices at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo that weren’t reflected at iTunes, but the prices carry over often enough that it is worth the extra step of checking at your preferred vendor.

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Library Corner: 4/19/2015

Library corner imageThe Case For Libraries (Publishers Weekly)

The ALA’s latest list of shame – no, not that kind of shame (Teleread)

Summer Reading in the Digital Age (Publishers Weekly)

Salt Lake City Main Library considers opening 24/7 (Good4Utah)

Library of Congress: Recordings by The Doors, Steve Martin, Radiohead, and Others Added to National Recording Registry (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

Reference: American Bankers Association Launches New Search Tool for Bank Routing Numbers (Infodocket)

Harry Houdini and other Michigan death certificates online (Seeking Michigan)

Images Now Online: Archivists Unearth Rare First Edition of ‘The Map that Changed the World’ (Infodocket)

Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscript Library (Columbia University Library)

Science: NASA Releases Millions of New Images of Celestial Objects Online (Infodocket)

Final Report of the 9/11 Review Commission PDF (FBI)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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Watch Season 1 of Orphan Black for free this Friday Only

orphan_BlackAmazon is making Orphan Black Season 1 free to watch without a Amaxon Prime Membership on Friday, April 17, 2015. The season is ten episodes long. Season three of the series premieres on Saturday on BBC America. The promotion starts at 12:01 a.m. PT and concludes at 11:59 p.m. PT. The show  can be watched using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/OrphanBlack.

Seasons one and two of Orphan Black are streaming exclusively on Amazon Instant Video.

Seriously, if you have never seen this this show, it is definitely worth a look. The show is totally addictive!  #cloneclub

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Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mysteries available as e-books

cadfaelOver the years, I have written about a lot of my favorite books that were not available as e-books. But thanks to the explosion of tablets, smartphones as well as e-ink devices, many, many backlist titles are finally appearing in digital editions. Today, I discovered that we can add all 21 of Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mysteries to the finally available as digital editions list! I am seeing publication dates of 2014, so I may have just missed these… They were previously only available in print or as audiobooks.

The books are published by Open Media and are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes and other places where e-books are sold. The prices on the books  average in the $8 to $9 range; although today, I found the first title in the series, A Morbid Taste for Bones,  for only $3.82 ( The odd amount sounds like it might be  a price match to me.)

The Wikipedia article contains the series order and can be found here.

ETA: The Cadfael books are also available on the Scribd and Oyster services.


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Kindle Paperwhite for $99

paperwhiteToday is the last day to get $20 off the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. If you are looking for a front-lit, dedicated e-ink reading device, this one is a great choice. My husband and I both have Paperwhites and love them! In my husband’s case, this replaced the first Kindle Touch. He loves the front-lit screen on the Paperwhite.

Do you have one of these or replace an earlier model KIndle with one? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think of the Paperwhite.

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Library Corner: 4-4-2015

Library corner imageOn the Changing Roles of US Bookstores and Libraries (Dear Author)

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher Librarian (Teleread)

Ebooks for Libraries (JAKontrath)

The British Library Releases Videos to Help Bring Awareness/Discussion to Online Privacy (Infodocket)

ALA Awards Lemony Snicket Prize to Ferguson Librarian (Teleread)

Toronto Public Library Pulps Used Book Buying Program (Ink, Bits & Pixels)

Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding (Teleread)

How I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot)

The London Manifesto: time for reform? (The 1709 Blog)

If You Live Near Drexel University, You Can Get an iPad Via Vending Machine (Gear Diary)

Digital Collections:

422 Free Art Books Available to Download and Read Online (The Ebook Reader)

Reference: Frances Loeb Art Center at Vassar College Launches Searchable Database of Entire Collection of More Than 19,000 Objects (Infodocket)

Scotland’s historic artefacts go online (BBC)

Science: New Online Database Captures Singapore’s Rich Biodiversity (Infodocket)

Sailors and Daughters: Early Photography and the Indian Ocean (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

A Paddy’s Day Present: A Database for Mathew Carey Account Books and a Window into the Early American Book Trade (Past is Present)

Once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about new digital collections available online.  I also post links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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Changing Formats: From Scroll to Codex to eBooks

Glinda Harrison:

This is a lovely piece on changing formats!

Originally posted on An American Editor:

Changing Formats: From Scroll to Codex to eBooks

by Jack Lyon

Electronic reading devices abound. There’s the Kindle, the Nook, the Kobo, and many, many more. Electronic formats abound. There’s EPUB, Plucker, Mobi, and many, many more. But for thousands of years, there was only one way to read a book: by unrolling a scroll.

Scrolls offered some big advantages over their predecessors, stone columns and clay tablets. They were easy to make, easy to write on, and didn’t weigh much. They were also compact, holding a lot of text in a relatively small space. But they had one big disadvantage: they could only be accessed sequentially. In other words, if you wanted to read the 77th column of text on a scroll, the only way to get there was to “scroll” through the first 76 columns. Remember the good old days of cassette tape players? If…

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