Daily Links and Deals: It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers

daily_links_1Today, an article that expresses the view that using an ad blocker is like using sunblock–it’s an act of self protection. Also, an app that will cancel subscriptions for you, a look a online streaming(again), upcoming changes to the Apple ecosystem and more. In deals, a 55 inch OLED TV by LG.

Daily Links for day, August 29, 2016:

It’s People vs. Advertising, not Publishers vs. Adblockers (Project VRM) Publishers are missing the point, People do not want to be targeted and stalked across websites. This is a privacy issue.

These Apps Can Help You Finally Cancel That Subscription You Keep Forgetting (Motherboard) Let’s be honest: we’ve probably all done this at one time or another.

On-demand music streaming has won (Recode) Labels may complain in public about streaming, but others says that they are making more than enough money to make up for the losses.

Don’t buy anything Apple-related right now (everything is changing) (The Next Web) Apples upcoming change to USB-C may change everything. September and the actual announcements are just around the corner.

Library of Congress might become a piracy hub, RIAA says (Torrent Freak) If the proposed change proceeds, “the RIAA urges it to consult the record labels to make sure that state of the art technological protection measures are deployed to secure their work.” So the RIAA want the government to consult them first? Can you say entitlement?

9 Stages Of Being Obsessed With A Romance Novel Series (Bustle) LOL! This is so true (and also happens with mysteries, sci-fi series, etc.).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi.

In Today’s Deals, a LG Electronics 55-Inch 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV.   Also, you can get a the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Thin Black Line: A Mike Walton Thriller by Simon Gervais. The Romance Daily Find is Her Lucky Cowboy (Montana Men Series #3) by Jennifer Ryan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sam Prichard Series – Books 1-4 by David Archer.  The Extra Daily Deal is Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels Book 2) by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Kill Order by James Dashner.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(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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Daily Links and Deals: Why Audio Is Better Than Print

daily_links_1Today, a look at why audio is better than print. Also, news on Google Fiber high speed wireless tests, calls for Congress to change the laws about municipal broadband, library roles in providing services for the homeless, and how Facebook may be the one to tip the scales in the ad blocker war. In deals, a Dyson cordless vacuum and savings on a selection of Nerf toys.

Daily Links for Thursday, August 11, 2016:

Google Fiber to test home wireless internet in up to 24 US areas (Engadget) High speed wireless is being tested, but you won’t have access to it yet.

Congress Should Support Community Broadband Networks, Advocates Say (Motherboard) While the FCC mulls what to after yesterday’s loss for municipal broadband rights is triggering calls for lawmakers to step in.

Why Audio Is Better Than Print (Digital Book World) We talk a lot about which format is better, ebooks or print. Here’s an opinion piece on audio versus print.

Public libraries are serving the homeless more than just books (Southern California Public Radio) The homeless bring special needs to the library that regular users don’t have.

How Facebook Could Change Ad Blocking (Plagiarism Today) Facebook’s tech expertise and sheer size may mean it is the only player that can force a change in the ad blocking battle.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes books in the John Russell series by David Downing.

In Today’s Deals, a refurbished Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum and up to 50% off select NERF toys.

Also today, save $25 on the Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle. Amazon also has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $50 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel by Elizabeth Kelly. The Romance Daily Find is Taking Heart by T. J. Kline.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is DAKAR: The Savoi Affair by Lavina Giamusso.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

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: If Barnes and Noble goes out of business, it’ll be a disaster for book lovers

daily_links_1Today, a look at the troubled stated of Barnes and Noble and what the chain’s demise would mean for the book world. Also, Ticketmaster lost a class action suit and is giving out free tickets and discounts, Netflix changed its logo (gasp!) and much more. In deals, there is a Black and Decker Flex vacuum and a Heather Graham ebook boxed set on sale.

Daily Links for Tuesday, June 21, 2016:

Ticketmaster Is Giving Out Millions of Free Tickets (Here’s How to Get Yours)… (Digital Music News) If you bought tickets online form Ticketmaster you may have some discounts and freebies coming….

Pulp Friction: If Barnes & Noble goes out of business, it’ll be a disaster for book lovers.(New Republic) A look at what the book world would be like without Barnes and Noble.

Netflix just changed its icon [Updated] (The Next Web) And here is an article on why we react the way we do when Netflix and Instagram change their logo.

PlayStation Vue is now available on Roku (The Verge) Yay! More choice for cord-cutters. Since I didn’t like Sling TV, I have been wanting to try this one on my Roku.

US Ad Blocking to Jump by Double Digits This Year (eMarketer) Ad blocking is not going away, no matter what publishers want.

New Google Prompt two-factor authentication method is built into Android, available on iOS (9 to 5 Google) Google is making 2FA much easier to use… and safer.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters Series Volume 1: Phantom Evil\Heart of Evil\Sacred Evil\The Evil Inside (Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters Series Box-Set) for $4.99.

In Today’s Deals, a BLACK & DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum with Stick Vacuum Floor Head and Pet Hair Brush. 

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Cashelmara by Susan Howatch for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Seduce Me in Dreams (Three Worlds Series #1) by Jacquelyn Frank for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The 6th Extinction: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins for $3.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Timeless Fracture by Thaddaeus Alexander for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes My Life Deleted by Scott Bolzan for $1.99.

Google has a Limited-Time Deals promotion.

(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: Lies, damned lies and ad blocking statistics

daily_links_1Today, can you really trust those headlines about ad blockers? Also, Microsoft’s browser heads for the bottom, Apple release an update to an update and your WiFi SSID can spout poetry. In deals, there are savings on men’s watches, an Anker Bluetooth speaker and a lovely fountain pen kit.

Daily Links for Thursday, June 2, 2016:

A new Play Store uninstall manager will offer to clear up space, says report (PC World) So now Google will tell you if you haven’t used apps for a while so you can delte them first.

Users abandon sinking Microsoft browser ship at record clip (Computer World)  IE used to be the number one browser, Now, it is racing towards the bottom.

How to delete your Netflix history (CNET) A dead simple trick that will save you a lot of embarrassment….

The Wi-Fi Poet is an amazing and horrible idea (The Next Web)  Well, it beats calling your home Wi-Fi Skynet. PS, this article points out some funny possibilities!

Apple releases iOS update to fix iPad-bricking bug (The Verge) So, this is an update to fix an update that bricked people’s devices. Yeah, I feel real comfortable with that!

Lies, damned lies and ad blocking statistics (Digiday) The problem with ad blocking statistics is that there are no neutral parties.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes WIRED by Douglas E. Richards for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is offering men’s watches for dads and grads starting at $39.99 and a Parker Urban Fountain Pen Medium Point Black with Gold Trim Kit with 4 Ink Cartridges. Also, a Anker SoundCore Sport Bluetooth speaker with microphone.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is the first four novels in the Hellmaw series for $2.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Ordinary Daylight: Portrait of an Artist Going Blind by Andrew Potek 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.

Daily Links: Bild’s hardline take on ad blocking: ‘We will not be blackmailed’

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, January 25, 2016:

How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines (New Yorker) – Fascinating story!These sound delightful!

Google Play Games soon won’t require a Google+ account (The Next Web) – Another disconnect from Google Plus account logins.

Sending a single link can cause anyone’s smartphone to crash (The Next Web) – This sounds like the tech version of getting Rickrolled.

Bild’s hardline take on ad blocking: ‘We will not be blackmailed’ (Digiday) – Alex Springer is still saying no to ad blockers.

This tool helps you search the entire global Netflix library (The Next Web) – Have you ever wondered what we get on Netflix that the rest of the world doesn’t?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes the first two books in Alan Russell’s Gideon and Sirius mystery series, Burning Man and Guardians of the Night for $1.99 each.This is an amazing series about a police detective and his canine partner. I LOVE these books and am looking forward to the next installment, Lost Dog (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 3)  which is coming out in June.

Save up to 60% off Kindle Series Bundle Deals.  There are 18 series bundles, each containing from 2 to 10 books. Included is Bob Mayer’s Area 51 – The Nightstalkers (4 Book Series) for $7.20.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Cold As Ice: A Kristen Conner Mystery / Book 3 by M.K. Gilroy for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Reckonings (Harlequin Intrigue Series #1593) by Cynthia Eden for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Bette Lee Crosby’s The Wyattsville Series set for $1.99. You can also find all twelve of Audrey Carlan’s Calendar Girls books for $2.99 each. Kobo’s  Buy 2, Get 1 free sale continues through February 1st.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: How secure are New York City’s new Wi-Fi hubs?

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, January 20, 2016:

How secure are New York City’s new Wi-Fi hubs? (The Verge) – These new hubs are offering killer speed and connectivity, but how secure are they?

The one password-manager setting you never thought to check (CNET) – This is a helpful tip if you use a password manager.

The former CEO of Mozilla is launching a web browser that blocks all ads by default (Business Insider) – This one sounds like it will be interesting.

Amazons is Clearing Off the Shelf(ari) (The Digital Reader) – Amazon is shutting the door on its social reading serice.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Lei Crime Series Boxed Set: Books 1-4 by Toby Neal for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is Served Hot by Annabeth Albert for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Dangerous Place  (A Maisie Dobbs Novel) by Jacqueline Winspear for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes John Grogan’s Marley and Me for $1.99.

Google is have a DC Comics Legends of Tomorrow Sale and all the comics are 99 cents each.

(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.

Daily Links: Karma revamps unlimited data plan in response to heavy users

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, January 18, 2016:

Karma revamps unlimited data plan in response to heavy users (The Verge) – Remember the hotspot throttling? Well, the speed is back, but with a catch….

How Slate, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg fight ad blocking (Digiday) – How are publishers trying to fight ad blocking?

Spain Forces Senior Citizens to Choose Between Writing Income, and Their Pensions (The Digital Reader) – Make a little extra money and lose your pension? Deeply disturbing story.

Judge says Facebook tagging violates protective orders (Engadget) – If this becomes a precedent, this could be a game changer.

eBook Use Up 31% in Russia (The Digital Reader) – What do the numbers say about the readers? And can we trust them?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Divergent (Divergent Series #1) by Veronica Roth and David Balducci’s Absolute Power, each for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is also Divergent (Divergent Series #1) by Veronica Roth for $1.99.  The Romance Daily Find is Breaking Her Rules: Beyond the Cage by Jennifer Snow for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dawn of Dragons: The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver 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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.