Daily Links and Deals: Why Is the Post Office Still a Thing?

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, February 19, 2016:

What Americans Used to Eat (Priceonomics) – Fascinating look at food, looking at meals drawn from the NYPL menu collection.

Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger (Techcrunch) – Here we go….

Why Is the Post Office Still a Thing? (Motherboard) – An interesting look at a business/service we probably take for granted.

FCC ruling on TV set top boxes a major blow for cable companies, new opportunity for tech giants (Talking New Media) – Is this the fix that the industry needs?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Fern Michaels’ Desperate Measures for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Night Is Darkest (Men in Blue Series) by Jayne Rylon for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Silent Assassin by Leo J. Maloney for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Safran Foer for

(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.

Extremely poor user experience. Unable to change font sizes to large fonts, poor page turn display, awful search function, inadequate sync across devices. Lack of closed captioning, resume play on movies, no Chromecast or Roku function. Audiobooks not accessible on apps and do not sync to where left off. The list goes on and on.This service is not ready for prime time.

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