Daily Links and Deals: In San Jose, Poor Find Doors to Library Closed

daily_links_1In today’s links, there are several stories about the digital divide, a new MLA handbood edition, and the massive backlash to Google’s April Fool’s prank. In today’s deals, there are delas on LED bulbs, Bluetooth speakers and more.

And an FYI, I don’t like them, so I don’t knowingly post joke articles. I have spent the last 2 days trying to explain to people that Jim Morrison is not really alive in a Paris retirement home, so….

Daily Links for Friday, April 1, 2016:

FCC votes to help poor people buy broadband and protect privacy online (Ars Technica) Access to the internet has to be recognized as a basic essential service.

Streamlining Citations: New MLA Handbook seeks to make citing sources from a variety of media easier and more commonsensical. (Inside Higher ED) Easier electronic citations? Oh, yes! I’m in, even though it’s paper. You can pre-order here.

In San Jose, Poor Find Doors to Library Closed (New York Times) This is a story about the digital divide that needs to be told. There needs to be a solution for this problem.

Revisit the mid-2000s through iPod commericals (The Verge) A nostalgic collection of  the commercials? Why not? Happy 40th Birthday, Apple!

Classic SNES controller returns with an upgrade: The Bluetooth SNES30 & smartphone holder (The Next Web) Wow, does this bring back memories….

Google’s April Fool’s Prank Backfires Spectacularly (Quartz)  Consequences like these are part of the reason I hate April Fools’ Day jokes.

Why Are SIM Cards Still a Thing? (Motherboard) A little history and perspective on that little card that makes  the phone truly yours.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has deals on dimmable LED bulbs, Bluetooth speakers, pre-owned Fire tablets, and a Wireless In Ear Headset with On-Board Mic , Dual-Ear Configuration , Audio Playback and Sports Earhook by GOgroove. 

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams by Colin Escott, George Merritt, William MacEwen for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Getting Lucky by Carolyn Brown for 99 cents.

STILL AVAILABLE: B & N is 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 75% off all Nook Accessories.  And if you have jumped on the coloring books bandwagon, B & N  now has Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Books available.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Scandal Never Sleeps – The Perfect Gentlemen (Book #1) by Lexi Blake, Shayla Black for $1.99.

STILL AVAILABLE:  Kobo  has the Great Reads For $1.99 or Less promotion.daily_links_1

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer for $1.99.

(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.

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