Daily Links and Deals: EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’

daily_links_1Todays stories include news about Apple iOS 9.3, opinions about how to hold a book and the a call for comments on the issue of VAT on ebooks in the EU.  Deals include Pebble Smartwatches and 80% off some of the best-reviewed Kindle books.

Daily Links for Saturday, March 26, 2016:

Apple pulls back iOS 9.3 for older devices (Mashable) As an owner of several “older devices” (a relative term with Apple products), I think this is a great idea. If you have ever had your device get slow as molasses after an update, then you know what I mean!

Why Holding A Book In Your Hands Is A Terrible Way To Read A Text (Medium) I really, really would love a foot pedal I could plug into the Kindle and read hands-free during dinner.

Why iBooks is a better file manager than e-book reader (CNET) If you say so. I still can’t find my books in iBooks, so….

EC Opens Public Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’ (Publishing Perspectives)  Yes, we do want to lower the VAT on ebooks  in the EU.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features up to 80% off over 25 of the best reviewed Kindle books. These are today only prices and  feature titles by Neil Gaiman, Carolyn Brown, Mitch Albom and more. How about E.B. White’s classic,  Charlotte’s Web  or Daniel Keyes’ touching Flowers for Algernon? Both are for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals,  Amazon is offering a selection of Pebble Smartwatches priced at from $89.99 to $129.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Fair Juno by Stephanie Laurens for $99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is still running several promotions” First, you can take 50% or more off teen bestseller Nook books. They are also running a special where you can get a NOOK Bundle Offer: 10″ NOOK Device, Free Screen Film and Free Cover of Your Choice- a $330+ Value for Just $199.99. And finally, you can take 25% off all Nook Accessories.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Calendar Girl: Volume One by Audrey Carlan for $2.99.

In other deals, Kobo is having a Supersale, offering up to 80% off and  5X Super Points on all purchases. And, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring  bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Where the River Ends by Charles Martin

(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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.