Daily Links and Deals: The FCC Wants To Know Why Journalists Had To Pay $200 For WiFi At Presidential Debate

daily_links_1In today’s stories, the FCC is asking questions about journalists paying for WiFi and the presidential debate. Also, cities in California are trying to pass “Netflix taxes” of their own, there’s a huge setback in getting rid of cable boxes, a interesting piece on a vending machine versus a library branch and more. In deals, a refurbed Dyson fan and savings on camera lenses by Rokinon.

Daily Links for Friday, September 29,  2016:

The FCC Wants To Know Why Journalists Had To Pay $200 For WiFi At Presidential Debate (Tech Dirt) Seriously?  And they are saying it kept crashing too….

46 California Cities Join Rush To Impose ‘Netflix Tax’ (Tech Dirt) Chicago started it and now other cities want to add an “amusement tax” on streaming services.

FCC Postpones Vote on Set-Top Box Reform in a Blow to Chairman Wheeler (Motherboard) Thanks to massive lobbying, that cable box isn’t gone just yet.

Orange County Library Station offers vending machine for books and movies (Daily Tar Heel) Your next library branch may be a vending machine.

You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC (ZD Net) It is sunset for new Windows 7 and 8.1 purchases. After November 1st, no new OEM installs from the big PC manufacturers.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Deadly Fate (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham.

In Today’s Deals, a Certified Refurbished Dyson AM08 Air Multiplier Pedestal Fan – White and savings on select Rokinon camera lenses.

The Echo inow available in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson.  The Romance Daily Find is Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Quiet Game by Greg Iles. The Extra Daily Deal is The Jewel (Lone City Trilogy Book 1) by Amy Ewing.

Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux.

Google Books has a selection of Red-Hot Romance Sale with books starting at 99 cents.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: Yes, you really can judge a book by its cover

daily_links_1Today, a look at book covers seen through the lens on Instagram. Also, the issue of ownership in a digital world, how diverse books are disproportionately banned and OK, Google brings voice commands to Google Maps. In deals, a WiFi scale. And for National Coffee Day, a high-end espresso maker.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 29,  2016:

Google Maps adds special ‘Ok Google’ voice searches & navigation commands for drivers (9 to 5 Google) Here’s a list of all the voice commands you can use.

The digital age has destroyed the concept of ownership, and companies are taking advantage of it (Quartz) This is a big part of the reason why many choose paper over ebooks and will not pay publishers’ high prices for something they don’t really own.

Yes, you really can judge a book by its cover (The Conversation) Do you #bookstagram? Looking at the book cover through the lens of this modern phenomenon.

International Industry Notes: PEN America on Banning Books in the USA (Publishing Perspectives) It;s noteworthy that diverse books are usually the first books to be pulled.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut (with a Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut).

In Today’s Deals, a Withings Body Cardio Heart Health and Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale. For National Coffee Day, Amazon is offering the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine.

Amazon has now released the Echo in a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Last Pearl by Leah Fleming. The Romance Daily Find is Home on Apple Blossom Road by Sheila Roberts.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Grand Sophy (Regency Romances Book 10) by Georgette Heyer. The Extra Daily Deal is The Complete Joy Series: Remembering Joy and Finding Joy by Jenni Moen.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Jack and Joe (The Hunt for Jack Reacher series) by Diane Capri.

Google Books has a selection of Red-Hot Romance Sale with books starting at 99 cents.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: The banning of books in prisons

daily_links_1Today, an article on books that are banned in prison. Also, Blackberry decides to outsource its devices, PRH launches a new SciFi/Fantasy site and more. In deals, a FoodSaver vacuum sealing system.

Daily Links for Wednesday, September 28,  2016:

The banning of books in prisons: ‘It’s like living in the dark ages’ (The Guardian) Disturbing piece about how prison choose which books to ban.

Mobile phones deliver infection risk in the workplace according to new study (ZD Net) There’s fodder for a zombie apocalypse novel in here somewhere….

PSA: Windows 10’s Anniversary Update reactivates ads you’ve already disabled (PC World) The Anniversary Update just rolled out to my computer and it is just as obnoxious as this article indicates.

BlackBerry says it’s done designing and building its own phones (The Verge) No, it’s not the end of the devices. The company is going to outsource the job instead.

Penguin Random House Launches SciFi/Fantasy Site ‘Unbound Worlds’ (Digital Book World) Until PRH raised the prices of their ebooks sky high, I was a fan of Suvudu. This site is its successor.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Lovecraft’s Monsters by Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow.

In Today’s Deals,  a FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Handheld Sealer and Starter Kit, Silver.

The Echo iavailable today  in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Autumn Imago by Bryan Wiggins. The Romance Daily Find is Caged Warrior (Dragon Kings Series #1) by Lindsey Piper.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Instant Attraction (Wilder Brothers) by Jill Shalvis. The Extra Daily Deal is Kiss Me in the Rain (The Tanner Family Book 1) by Sarah Kades.

Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Make ‘Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize

daily_links_1Today, story on a library’s attempt to modernize. Also, a story on a new filter that allows you to switch between clean and explicit music and a piece on one amazon scammer and how he got caught. In deals, savings on Logitch PC accessories.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 27,  2016:

At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize (Boston Globe) We often hear about cafes in bookstores. This library is getting in on the act and more….

Dash Radio launches a filter that lets you toggle between clean and explicit music (The Verge) I am not a fan of censoring any kind of art, including music,but this might really solve a problem for families with young children.

Revealed: How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars (ZD Net) Not only were a lot of people tricked into buying bad quality ebooks, innocent authors (real ones) get hurt by these scams.when bots download their books in order to “look legit”.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% off select Logitech PC accessories, including webcams Bluetooth keyboards and wireless mice.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Girls’ Weekend by Cara Sue Achterberg. The Romance Daily Find is The Random Series Boxed Set (Books 1-8 Megabundle) by Julia Kent.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad. The Extra Daily Deal is Deep Freeze: West Coast Series (Book 1) by Lisa Jackson

Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Be Here Now by Ram Dass.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles, with prices starting at 99 cents.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: 10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life

daily_links_1Today, a look at reader stereotypes. Also, prediction for Black Friday (yes, already!), new Roku devices and a Plex goes to the cloud. In deals, uninterruptible power supplies and power banks.

Daily Links for Monday, September 26,  2016:

10 Types Of Readers You’ve Probably Encountered In Real Life (Bustle) Book readers tend to have certain things in common. Here’s a look at ten stereotypes. Which one are you?

Black Friday 2016 predictions include $90 Chromebooks, $299 Apple iPad Air 2 tablets (ZD Net) Yes, Black Friday will soon be upon us and the tech rumors are starting already.

Roku launches 5 new media streamers, prices range from $30 to $130 (Liliputing) Lots of new choices in the Roku product line.(I ♥ my Roku devices!)

Plex teams up with Amazon to launch a cloud-based version of its Media Server (The Next Web) Some new options for the popular media streaming software (with a few caveats).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life – A Creative and Practical Guide by Margaret Lobenstine.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% on select APC products, including uninterruptible power supplies, power packs and surge outlets.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Romance Daily Find is Chase Family Series: A Jewels of Historical Romance Duet by Lauren Royal.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Saint Peter’s Soldiers (A James Acton Thriller, Book #14) by J. Robert Kennedy. The Extra Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles, with prices starting at 99 cents.

(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.

Sunday Daily Deals: $2.99 ebook deals

one_secondDeals of the Day for Sunday, September 25,  2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes a selection of dark reads for stormy nights for only $2.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, a VIZIO SB3821-C6 38-Inch 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer (Certified Refurbished) and up to 50% off NYDJ clothing.

Amazon also has the Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle E-reader, cover and a 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee for $100.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Rivals of the Republic: The Blood of Rome Book 1 by Annelise Freisenbruch. The Romance Daily Find is Love, Chocolate, and Beer (Cactus Creek, #1) by Violet Duke.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently by Sebastian Bailey, Octavius Black. The Extra Daily Deal is Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD & Gene Stone.

Google Books is having a One-Day Sale. Snag top titles for $2.99.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: The Yahoo Data Breach (Roundup)

daily_links_1Today, a roundup of some of the coverage on the Yahoo data breach. In deals, athletic shoes, sock deals and Dyson vacuum.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 23,  2016:

How not to verify a data breach (and why some really want you to get ‘pwned’) (ZD Net) This goes a long way towards explaining why it can take so long for these breeches to come to light.

If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately to protect your data (Recode) It’s not just your Yahoo account that’s vulnerable. Now, if they will just explain to me how to change my mother’s maiden name….

UK broadband customers also affected by Yahoo hack (Engadget) Some BT and Sky email accounts are also affected by the Yahoo account breach.

Yahoo finally acknowledges massive hack of user data, only informed Verizon two days ago (Talking New Media) Verizon is buying Yahoo. Does this hack effect the deal?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

In Today’s Deals, Shoes, socks and a refurbished Dyson DC65 Multi Floor – Purple.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica. The Romance Daily Find is Lone Star Nights by Delores Fossen.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Book of the Dead (Agent Pendergast series) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. The Extra Daily Deal is In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Wedding Series by Patricia McLinn.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles priced from 99 cents.

(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.