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.

Daily Links and Deals: More than half the world is still offline

daily_links_1Today, a look at the world’s internet use and the truth about how many still don’t have access, especially among the poor. Also, Chromecast is having its third birthday, an article on the good you can do with used books and a library opponent takes a second look. In deals, a Hoover bagless vacuum that’s designed for pet owners.

Daily Links for Monday, July 25, 2016:

More than half the world is still offline (Computer World) Pretty staggering statistics.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Google Chromecast! (OMG Chrome) That little dongle is having a birthday! Has it really been that long?

Brown: An eye-opening visit to a library (Roanoke Times) A man wrote an article about why we don’t need libraries any more. The push back inspired a visit to see for himself…

Finding a World of Good in Used Books (Publishers Weekly) This is something we can’t do with ebooks, unfortunately.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Poisoned Love by Caitlin Rother.

In Today’s Deals, a Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70931PC – Corded.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. The Romance Daily Find is Operation One Night Stand by Christine Hughes.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is ARKANE Thriller Box-Set: Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood by J.F.Penn. The Extra Daily Deal is Taking the Lead: Secrets of a Rock Star (Book 1) by Cecilia Tan.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes SF novel Astral Fall by Jessica Mae Stover.

Google Books has a Topsellers Under $10 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: Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

daily_links_1Today, a look at how the digital divide is affecting the unemployed in Detroit. Also, stories on outsmarting malware, PayPal shutting down its app, Dropbox’s new access requirements and more. In deals, a refurbished pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Professionl Studio Headphones (these are fantastic!).

Daily Links for Thursday, May 26, 2016:

Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide (New York Times) Between the skills gap and lack of access to the internet, Detroit residents are hurting without access to the digital world.

How do you outsmart malware? (Techcrunch) Does predicting past malware work to prevent future ones or do we need an entirely different way to circumvent malware?

PayPal is shutting down its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps (The Verge) The PayPal app will be Android or iOS only as of June 30th.

Dropbox Wants More Access To Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out (Motherboard) This is worrisome. I am considering a Chromebox for my next desktop so Dropbox will be a must. But this kind of access?

US government is spending billions on old tech that barely works, says watchdog (ZD Net) This will make you feel so much better about still using that old laptop that runs Windows XP….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the modern classic The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver for $2.99.

In Today’s DealsAudio-Technica ATH-M50X Professional Studio Headphones (Black)(Certified Refurbished).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn Series #1) by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Keeper’s Reach by Carla Neggers for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Bones and Roses (The Cypress Bay Mysteries) by Eileen Goudge for 99 cents.  The Extra Daily Deal is Fatal Whispers – Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery (Book 2) by Sandra Nikolai for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Tox-Sick: From Toxic to Not Sick by Suzanne Somers for $1.99.

Google is running a Summer Kick-Off Sale 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: 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.

Daily Links and Deals: The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

Chromecast snags 35 percent of global streamer market in 2015, says Strategy Analytics (Android Central) – That’s an impressive number for a little device.

Wayne State University Libraries launch digital collection of Detroit Sunday Journal (Wayne State) – Unique because it was published by striking newspaper union workers, this is a fascinating piece of Detroit history.

The Great Crossword Plagiarism Scandal (Plagiarism Today) – Fascinating story. Crossword puzzles and plagiarism in the same sentence?

IRS shuts down identity security tool for taxpayers due to security problems (Ars Technica) – There is something deeply disturbing about the fact that even the government can’t protect our data.

The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism (Medium) – A look at the changing news ecosystem and how social media is changing everything.

The digital world: Crossing the great divide (The Next Web) – This article makes the argument that it is the walled garden that helps create the digital divide..

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan (Author), Howard Goldblatt (Translator) for $1.99.

Amazon’s Today’s Deals includes up to 60% off select Wi-Fi routers, range extenders, modems, security cameras, and more.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Hidden: A Novel of Suspense by Bill Pronzini for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge Series #2) by Jill Shalvis for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Miracles from Heaven A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo 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: 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.