Daily Links and Deals: How music streaming service exclusives make pirating tempting again

daily_links_1In today’s stories, we look at music streaming exclusives’ effect on the streaming industry, the tablet market and the future of the Nook. In today’s deals, $2 genre Kindle books, a Samsung 65-inch TV, colored pencils and continuing deals on Kindle e-ink e-readers and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Sunday, April 10, 2016:

Are you a bad boyfriend? These techies can fix that for $70 a month (Guardian) This is one of those digital life things that makes me shake my head. Would you use this? Or want to be on the receiving end of it?

The tablet market is 100 million units smaller than expected. What happened? (ReCode) What’s the driving factor for these changes? Price? Upgrade cycles? Competition from devices like the $50 Fire?

How music streaming service exclusives make pirating tempting again (The Verge) Yes, streaming is the future. But this exclusivity thing has got to go.

YouTube Copyright Claim Strips Audio Out of Conference on Surveillance Overreach (Motherboard) Um… Calling youTube’s system mere broken may be an understatement.

Google Fiber drops its free basic tier in Kansas City, replaces with $50/m 100Mbps plan (9 to 5 Google) The free is gone, but the new plan sounds like a pretty good deal.

B&N Outsources Nook Functions to Indian Tech Company (The Digital Reader) I missed this story the other day, but it does not bode well for Nook lovers.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes George R.R. Martin’s Dreamsongs: Volume I for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, a Samsung UN65J6300 65-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV, $2 kindle books and Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils for your coloring books! And, I don’t play, so I probably need someone to explain the purpose of this Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt Standard Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder to me…. Does it help you choose which club to use?

Those Kindle and Fire deals are still available: You can still save on the Fire HD 6, the pre-owned Fire tablets, and the great  Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime. The 16 GB version on the 7″ Fire is back up to its original price of $$69.99! I’m still recommending the 16gb HD6 for only $20 more as the better value if you prefer a higher resolution.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks for $1.99.

There are still several Kobo several promotions available for a little longer. ♥ Through April 11, get 3 ebooks for the price of 2 (terms and conditions apply). You can get free shipping on any Kobo e-reader through April 13, 2016. And, until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.

(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.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Ebook Lover 2015

christmas-presents_smallLast year, I wrote a popular post called Last minute Holiday gifts for the e-book lover that was full of gift suggestions. I just updated that post and I think all of those are still great ideas. Trust me on this – I bought most of the list for myself last year and finally just ordered some touch screen gloves 

I have done quite a few posts on covers (here, here and here). Covers start for as little as $5, depending on the device model.  I have to confess that I am a cover fashionista when it comes to electronics. Every device HAS to have a cover and they are ALL different. Personally, I think they make great gifts, either for someone else or yourself. All you need to know is the Kindle model (see my post here).

Here are a few other items that I personally use that I think make great gifts:

I live in a house built in 1921 and even with the remodeling and re-wiring that’s been done over the years, it seems that there are never enough outlets to keep all my gadgets plugged in, especially in my office. I use USB wall chargers like this one from RAVPower for charging items that don’t need to be connected to the computer.

One of my desktops crashed and is going into the repair shop after the holidays. In the meantime, I have been using a Fire HD 6 with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard as a replacement.  I got a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth Mouse because my research said that some brands of bluetooth mice had compatibility issues with the tablet.  This one works like a dream. Copy and paste on the Fire was always hard for me without the mouse buttons and this solved that problem. Because I wanted a keyboard that was both compatible with IOS and Android and inexpensive, I bought an Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard. (only $16) and splurged on a carrying sleeve for it. I also use it to take notes on my phone, which I absolutely love! These are a great gift for someone who finds typing on a small tablet surface difficult.

Voice recognition has come a long way over the last couple of years. Another great accessory for tablets like the Fire HD 6 is a set of earbuds or headphones with a microphone to use with the voice recognition feature. Mine also doubles as a spare for my Dragon NaturallySpeaking software.

One of my favorite new tech accessories is a combination stylus and ballpoint pen. I’ve received a couple of these as gifts and carry them everywhere! They are great to have, especially at the doctor’ s office when I have both my phone and my checkbook out at the same time. It is the perfect bridge between my digital and analog worlds.

While I talked last time about what a great idea I think gift cards  from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes are. Pick the store the person you are buying for shops at and let them have all the fun. My husband and I have several friends who are avid Amazon shoppers who love getting Amazon Prime from us as an annual gift for the holidays.

And finally, ebook lovers love ebooks. How about a gift subscription to a subscription service like Kindle Unlimited or Scribd? Both are available in 3, 6 and 12 month memberships. Time to read all of those books is not included. 🙂

Happy holiday shopping!

2014 Black Friday deals at Barnes and Noble

bnsaleBarnes and Noble has put their Black Friday deals up on their website. They are offering a variety of goodies; some are available online, others are in-store only.

The big doorbuster in-store item is the the Nook-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ for $129.99. There are also signed editions from authors such as E.L. James, Donna Tartt, Neil Gaiman and more. These are labeled while supplies last and you can enter a zip code to find a store near you.

Available online, there are a number of 50% off items, including educational toys and games, activity kits, gift books and DVDs. There are also some buy one, get 50% off one items.

Barnes and Noble is also offering a 30% off one item coupon which can be used online or printed and used in-store. Nook books and devices are excluded from the offer.

The Black Friday weekend sale runs from November 28 to November 30, 2014.