Today’s free eBook download, An Extraordinary Beginning (The Adventures of Eric and Ursula), is written by A.D. Winch. It’s the first in a trilogy, staring survivors of a mysterious UFO crash:
Today’s free eBook download, The Romanov Legacy, is from award winning author, Jenni Wilts. It’s an action-mystery thriller of historic proportions. If you enjoy reading books with a lot of historical references, this one comes with the Russian kind:
A family murdered in the dead of night. A treasure lost in the throes of revolution. A 90-year mystery that Lenin, Stalin, and the entire Soviet war chest couldn’t solve. One woman holds the key to it all: the missing fortune of Nicholas II, last tsar of Russia. Read more
Today’s free eBook download, The Death Bet, is from first time author, A.K. Price. The action-filled story follows an insurance examiner’s uncovering of a potential fraud involving The Red Skull Society, a secret group believed to be responsible for the deaths of policyholders.
Blaine Stone is on the verge of retirement from his uneventful government job as an insurance examiner when he receives a call from a police officer that forever alters his life. The officer suspects the management of one of the companies Blaine covers is murdering policyholders to collect on life insurance contracts. Against his wishes, Blaine is drawn into a twisted plot that turns his personal and professional life upside down. Read more
Today’s free eBook download is Mary Matthews’ Meow or Never, a Magical collection of Cool Cats Mysteries – sure to entertain the grumpiest of feline lover. What a great way to brighten up our Monday Blues:
It’s the 1920s. Nothing interesting happens before 2 a.m. When a wealthy stockbroker’s wife disappears, Grace, Jack, and magical cats, Tatania & Zeus, rush to find her.
Cats truly live their nine lives at night. Zeus, a cute and mischievous tomcat, kept following the tide in and out, letting the water sprinkle his nose, and acting surprised when the tide chased him back to shore. Wet, he shook like a puppy. Read more
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.
They include an update to Facebook that might make your Newsfeed more tolerable, a great way to use mobile devices for ads, and an interactive Chrome Experiment that brings the joy of building Legos to all of our devices.
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Today’s free Kindle download, State of the Heart, is by Nelton D’Souza, a Microsoft Business Intelligence developer at Capgemini. Nelton is a code writer by day and a blogger at Just A Minute by night. State of the Heart is his first novel:
Relationships, love and life are like the three legs of a tripod. Without any one, there is no balance. The same hold true for every human being. State of the Heart, through its collection of short stories on these key aspects, cuts across the social spectrum to present to you the lives of people whom you didn’t think could be so interesting, but actually are. In short, it could be a story about you or someone like you. Read more
January 28 is Data Privacy Day, which honors Convention 108, an international treaty signed on January 28, 1981 which deals with privacy and data protection. In honor of our continued conversation about data privacy, we are sharing a professional perspective on engineering privacy - The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value.
The book offers insight on translating the guiding light of OECD Privacy Guidelines, the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP) and Privacy by Design (PbD) into concrete concepts that organizations, software/hardware engineers, and system administrators/owners can understand and apply throughout the product or process life cycle—regardless of development methodology—from inception to retirement, including data deletion and destruction.
Today’s free eBook, Olivia, Mourning is a beautifully written historical fiction novel from Yael Politis. It begins in 19th century Appalachia. Pennsylvania, to be exact:
Olivia wants the 80 acres in far off Michigan that her father’s will left to whichever of his offspring claims the land. As Olivia says, “I’m sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey.”
The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.
Mourning Free, Olivia’s trusted childhood friend, knows how to run a farm and is also sorely in need of a new start in life.
The problem: though born in a free state, he’s the orphaned son of runaway slaves and the slave catchers who patrol the north hunting fugitives are not particular about who they take back south with them. Read more
The University of California Press now has free eBooks for your reading consumption. The collection is a growing one, with about 770 titles from 1984-2004, with plans to add more.
It’s a particularly good collection of historical, social, and political titles, with a even few dedicated to dance, gender studies, and electronic media. You can’t download the eBooks files, but they’re searchable and browse-able by chapters. Read more
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its covers,” and now there’s an app just for that. It’s called Uncovered Books, and as the title indicates, it’s a return to literature in a minimal, stripped down version that lets the innards of a book shine through.
Made by Maxwell Blume, Inc., the app, Uncovered Books, is a new approach to book discovery with a focus on content:
Uncovered Books is designed around a single idea: when looking for a new book, the only thing that matters is the work itself. Our app features a unique book discovery experience free from marketing noise. When selecting a book there are no titles, no author names, and no book covers. Readers finally have the opportunity to let the written word speak for itself. Read more