Daily Links and Deals: FCC’s “nutrition labels” for broadband show speed, caps, and hidden fees

daily_links_1Today, stories on free MLB TV, “Nutrition labels”  for  broadband users, accessibility issues and barriers, and more. Today’s deals include a killer price for a vacuum cleaner, great deals on Kindles and Fire tablets and TVs. And there are some special Kindle deals for Prime members!

Daily Links for Monday, April 4, 2016:

How to get a free year of MLB TV premium if you’re a T-mobile customer – A $109.99 value (9 to 5 Google) This offer is good between April 3rd and 10th. Be sure to follow the signup instructions. And, its part of the Binge On program!

Kindle Voyage Getting the Cold Shoulder in Canada (The eBook Reader) This is a very pricey ereader….

FCC’s “nutrition labels” for broadband show speed, caps, and hidden fees (Ars Technica) I think this sort of transparency would be a very good thing! Taxes and fees greatly increase the sticker costs of phone, internet and other services.

Happy Anniversary to the World’s First Cell-Phone Call (Motherboard) This was from yesterday, but a great blast from the past.

GAO Report: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Needs to Work on Access and Modernizing Technology (Infodocket) This report calls out not not only the accessibility issues, but the barriers to getting certified to use those service.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals,  a $39.99 vacuum, lots of Kindle and Fire deals, including the 4K Ultra HD Fire TV and more.

Are you a Prime member? Amazon is offering $30 off the basic Kindle, the Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage if you subscribe to Amazon Prime. (The discount is applied at checkout.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by John Wooden for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Warrior Vampire (Last True Vampire Series #2) by Kate Baxter for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is  The Harrow Series: Three Novels – Boxed Set of Nightmare House/Mischief/The Infinite by Douglas Clegg for $2.99.

Kobo is also offering Select Romantic Times winners & nominees on sale for a limited time only.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Death Before Decaf – A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig 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: Poor Americans will get $9 a month to buy broadband or mobile data

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, March 8, 2016:

The New York Times begins blocking a ‘small amount’ of ad block users (Digiday) – Here we go. Again. Will you turn off your ad blocker?

Poor Americans will get $9 a month to buy broadband or mobile data (Ars Technica) – Nine dollars a month? Talk about a digital divide compared to what most households have to spend!

Google Docs just made it a lot easier to view your documents on most e-readers (The Next Web) – This is going to be very handy for a lot of people.

From Ada to Brill: Why have we always dissed women in tech? (CNET) – Think about this for International Women’s Day.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Classics) for $2.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon offers up to 60% off on select Logitech PC gaming and computer accessories. There is also a HomeSpot NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System  that turns a add bluetooth to a stereo for $11.49. You can also get the  $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids Bundle. You can also stll save $30 on the Fire HD 6 – it’s priced at $69.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Macaron Murder (A Patisserie Mystery with Recipes, #1) by Harper Lin for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is From the Start (Walker Family Book #1) by Melissa Tagg for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Fallout by Gwenda Bond Lois Lane (Book #1) for $1.99. And yes, this is a modern, YA retelling of the Superman story!

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Betrayal and Murder by Ann Rule for $3.99.

(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 and Deals: Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat (DBW) – This is an interesting piece on how different individuals read different books.

Evernote Will Shut Down Market, Its E-Commerce Effort, On Wednesday (Techcrunch) – Unsurprisingly, Evernote is closing down its swag shop.

16 million Americans have no wired broadband access, not even at 4Mbps (Ars Technica) – Look at these numbers. This is why the FCC has so many concerns about this

Bluetooth wireless range and speed are getting better (Computer World) –  Like wi-fi, bludetooth is an integral part of the Internet of Things – and our future.

Deals of the Day:

If you are in the UK, Amazon.co.UK  is featuring Mortality by Christopher Hitchens for £.99 as one of the Kindle Daily Deals.

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes A Desperate Fortune by Susan Kearsley for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Steelheart (Reckoners Series #1) by Brandon Sanderson for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Power Play by Tiffany Snow for $1.99. Their 500 Under $5 sale is also still available.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Passage by Justin Cronin 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 and Deals: AM Radio May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, January 26, 2016:

AM Radio May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past (Music 3.0) – Digital is disrupting radio as well as books and film.

Comcast and Charter may soon control 70% of 25Mbps Internet subscriptions (Ars Technica) – That’s an awful lot of control of the broadband market!

Apple will reportedly allow paywalled articles in Apple News (The Verge) – Just what are the benefits to consumers here?

The heavy price we pay for ‘free’ Wi-Fi (The Conversation) – Are we giving up too much in terms of privacy and security just to get free wi-fi?

TV resolution confusion: 1080p, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, and what they all mean (CNET) – Handy guide to the what the numbers mean when shopping for a new TV.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal offers up to 90% off select Kindle Books for Students. Lot of interesting stuff here: Urban planning, business, filmmaking, engineering, history  and more! I found Aha!: The Moments of Insight that Shape Our World for $2.99.

As part of the Today’s Deal specials,  you can get up to 70% off Crucial and Lexar memory products.  Also offered is up to 70% off select 3M Workspace Solutions such as monitor stands, mouse pads and more.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard [Elmore Leonard’s son]  for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Secret Indiscretions by Trice Hickman for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson for $1.99. Kobo’s  Buy 2, Get 1 free sale continues through February 1st.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson 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: Paying for news with your privacy

daily_links_1Think you’re reading the news for free? New research shows you’re likely paying with your privacy  (The Conversation) – Yes, I have been stalked by a pair of shoes – and a piece or two of furniture as well.

Cord cutters cut off from presidential debates (CNET) – Media is changing and the debates are one area where online viewing has not caught up.

UK gov’t promises all homes will have legal right to 10Mbps broadband by 2020 (Ars Technica) – The big question is can the UK actually pull this off?

An Archive of 10,000 Cylinder Recordings Readied for the Spotify Era (Hyperallergic) – Yes, you can actually listen to (and download) works from this amazing collection from the UCSB Library.

On Amazon, the Kindle, the Paperwhite and the Kindle Kids bundle are all $20 off  until Wednesday.

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.