Daily Links and Deals: Too Poor to Afford the Internet

daily_links_1Today, a look at how the digital divide affects children. Also, a evaluation of the NYPL SimplyE app in the real world, a library computer policy that gives pause and the frustration caused by the lack of a touchscreen Mac model. In deals, back-to-school bargains on Kindles and Fire Tablets.

Daily Links for Monday, August 15, 2016:

Too Poor to Afford the Internet (New York Times) Online homework is part of the norm for schools. What do you do if you don’t have access to the internet?

A Breakthrough for Library E-Books? (Publishers Weekly) A look at the New York Public Library’s SimplyE app after a month of use.

Montana: “The Parent in Always in Charge’ Under New Billings Library Computer Policy” (Infodocket) So, a parent has to write a letter before their children can have access to unfiltered computers at the library?

When will we see a touch-enabled Mac? (Recode) If you switch back and forth between a Mac and a PC, the lack of a Mac touchscreen model really stands out.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin.

In Today’s Deals, fBack to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and$20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton, S. J. Bolton. The Romance Daily Find is The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Series #1) by Mary E. Pearson.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is You Will Know Me A Novel by Megan Abbott. The Extra Daily Deal is The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Book 1) by Mary E. Pearson.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Look Closer by Rachel Amphlett.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals ebooks at up to 75% off.

(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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