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.

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Daily Links and Deals: Google’s $149 Nik Collection photo editing software is now available for free

daily_links_1There are a lot of interesting stories today: Exercise bikes in libraries, Digital warfare, Netflix and even free photo editing software. There are also a couple of important security notices to be aware of. Today’s deals include Comic books, Ray Bradbury classics Kobo book deals and delas at Barnes and Noble on NOOK-branded Samsung tablets.

Daily Links for Friday, March 25, 2016:

Students sweat it out and study on library exercise bikes (USA Today) Get fit and read ant the same time. This is a win-win.

The Unseen Threat of Digital Warfare (Time) Thought-provoking read on our approach to digital security.

Google’s $149 Nik Collection photo editing software is now available for free (Techcrunch) While there may be implications to Google making this free, for right now, let’s just enjoy the free editing software!

Netflix throttles video on AT&T and Verizon to keep users under data caps (Ars Technica) Netflix wants to make sure we don’t blow through our data limits.

Amazon shows you how to make an Echo with Raspberry Pi (Engadget) Notable because the info comes from Amazon, but it sure seems easier to just buy one….

A new exploit gives hackers near-total control of any Mac (The Next Web) Uh-oh. We are seeing more and more exploits for Macs.

New ransomware abuses Windows PowerShell, Word document macros (ComputerWorld) This seems to be targeting enterprise systems.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Trust No One: A Thriller by Paul Cleave for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles (NOOK Comic with Zoom View) by Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Jeph Loeb, Joe Kelly for $3.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney for $2.99

Barnes and Noble is running several promotions” First, you can take 50% or more off teen bestseller Nook books. They are also 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 25% off all Nook Accessories.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons (Book #8) by Julia Quinn for $1.99.

In other deals, Kobo is having a Supersale, offering up to 80% off and  5X Super Points on all purchases. And, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring  bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Ray Bradbury’s classic I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories 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.