Daily Links and Deals: Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam

daily_links_1Today, news that carriers are agreeing to turn on the FM radio switch that is probably already in your smartphone. Also, news on Chinese instruments for GarageBand, Firefox extensions, good news from Twitter and a post about  Goodreads’ new deals newsletter. In deals, savings on TP-LINK networking products and a bargain on the Kindle HD 6 for Kids tablet (and why you should buy the 16GB version!).

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

Apple’s GarageBand picks up traditional Chinese sounds and instruments in new update (Techcrunch) I can’t wait to try this on my iPad! This allows for a new level of musical creativity.

Twitter will reportedly stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit (The Verge) This, if true, is great news. Being able to have more characters, plus a link or a photo will add to the usability of Twitter.

Digital Assistants Get Women’s Names—Unless They’re ‘Lawyers’ (Motherboard) Um, this is really disturbing. “Subservient”? Really?

15 useful extensions to improve Firefox (CNET) If you are a Firefox user, these are all useful extensions.

This nifty earpiece will translate your conversations in real-time (The Next Web) If you are a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to  the Galaxy, you may find this somewhat familiar…

Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree to flip the switch (9 to 5 Google) Finally! This is great news. If your phone is capable of this, why not be able to use it? After all, OTA radio is not quite dead yet.

Goodreads Deals: A New Way to Promote Your Ebooks to Millions of Goodreads Members (U.S. Market) (Goodreads) Goodreads is now offering their own bargain books newsletter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals,  up to 40% off select TP-LINK networking products and the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Tablet, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB with Kid-Proof Case. Note that you can get the 8GB version for $100. The 16GB is $20 more, but I have read too many comments from parents who said the kids ran out of room on the 8GB version. The 16GB is the better buy!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.  The Extra Daily Deal is Katerina Carter Color of Money Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by Colleen Cross for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes None of Your Business by Valerie Block for 99 cents.

Google has a Bad Boys of Romance 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: E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto

daily_links_1In today’s links, we have news on the potential of ebooks, DVD screeners, burner cell phones and much more.  Today’s book deals include series starters in SF and romance and a Kobo Supersale.

Daily Links for Sunday, March 27, 2016:

Original DVD screeners widely available on eBay   (Torrent Freak) All the MPAA’s piracy measures are facing an overwhelming tide of opposition.

E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto (Techcrunch) Are publishers taking full advantage of what the ebook format has to offer?

A new bill seeks to kill anonymous ‘burner’ phones by requiring registration (The Next Web) Obviously, the persona who sponsored this bill has never heard or stalkers or domestic abuse. There are legitimate reasons to want a burner phone.

Advertising’s hottest surveillance software is surprisingly legal (Engadget)  This is so creepy….

The 50-year digital relationship (Techcrunch) No, the Internet is not going away. It’s really too much a part of our lives at this point.

How Musicians Deal With Smartphone-Obsessed Crowds During Shows (Vocativ) How our smartphones have changed music performance.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth Book 1) by Terry Goodkind for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die by Jefferson Bethke for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Wonderful Lonesome (Amish Turns of Time Series #1) by Olivia Newport for 99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is still 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 Room by Emma Donoghue for $2.99.

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 Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King 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.