Spotify Word: Stream audiobooks, podcasts poetry and more for free

If you are looking for free audio content, Spotify’s Word genre offers a diverse of spoken word materials, podcasts, audiobooks, poetry , short stories and more.  Right now the collection is somewhat small, but is growing.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

  • A collection of public domain audiobooks including works like The Great Gatsby and The Secret Garden.
  • An interesting selection of poetry, including readings by Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost and W.B. Yeats.
  • A diverse literature and short story selection, ranging from Dickens to Russian and French literature.
  • Radio dramasand spoken word performances in crime, sci-fi and vintage categories. (There’s even an selection of audio dramas from the sci-fi classic, Blake’s 7.)
  • A collection of speeches, including famous speeches by Martin Luther King, Joseph Campbell and Noam Choamsky.
  • Want to learn a foreign language? There are lessons in audio courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and even Irish.
  • There are also playlists for self-help, spirituality and guided meditation

All of this content is available on Spotify’s free tier. The only downside is that while Spotify allows ad-supported on-demand listening for free on desktops and tablets, the service is shuffle only for smartphone users on the free tier. If you want to take full advantage of the content on your phone, you will need to be a Premium subscriber.

As audiobooks and more spoken word content continue to rise in popularity, the addition of  the Word genre is a big plus for Spotify. What do you think?

Daily Links and Deals: Europe rules that libraries can lend e-books like normal ones

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, November 11,  2016:

Spotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives (Ars Technica) This bug can drastically shorten the life of your hard drive. A fix is promised in the next few days.

Europe rules that libraries can lend e-books like normal ones (Engadget) To be clear, this is only about Public Lending Rights and libraries. Publishers still hate the ruling anyway.

A USB stick that can test HIV levels in under 30 minutes (Techcrunch) Not quite a Star Trek tricorder, but technology making amazing strides in the health care arena.

USC to store, digitize 10,000 vintage Marine Corps films (The State) Good to know that these amazing glimpses of history won’t b e lost.

How to save your Vine videos right now (PC World) Here’s how to save your vines before the service is either sold or shuts down.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar by Shawn Michaels (Author), David Thomas.

In Today’s Deals, get 50% off Jeans.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier by Noah Galloway. The Romance Daily Find is Last Kiss (First and Last Series #2) by Laurelin Paige.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings. The Extra Daily Deal is Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

Google Books has a selection of Thanksgiving Prep Cookbooks and more.

(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.)


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Daily Links and Deals: Paying to Have and Not to Hold

daily_links_1Today. a look at why we pay more to access content we don’t own (and, no, its not all about inconvenience).  Also, Spotify refused to give up its free tier, Microsoft revamps Paint, how to fix the glitches in your Moto G phone and news about the Wayback Machine. In deals, fashion watches, cookware and vacuums.

Daily Links for Wednesday, October 26,  2016:

Spotify: You’d have to pry free tier from our cold, dead hands (CNET) Totally agree with this. As the wife of a musician, I’ve seen how important these services are in preventing piracy and helping discoverability.

Paying to Have and Not to Hold (Slate) A fascinating look at why we pay more to less rights to digital goods like movies, books and other content. And surprisingly, corporate greed didn’t even make the list.

Microsoft’s Paint brings 3D creation to all, even in VR (CNET) What an update! It has 3D images and the ability to import scans. I can’t wait to try this!

Twenty glitches and bugs with the MOTO G, and how to fix them (Digital Trends) Amazon offering this phone as a Prime exclusive has helped its popularity, but the phone has a few issues this article helps with.

New Beta Releases Allows Users to Keyword Search Some Material Found in The Wayback Machine (Infodocket) Exciting news! This long-awaited feature, while still not perfect, add functionality to the looking at what the web used to be.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes How to Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life) by Roman Krznaric.

In Today’s Deals, 50% off Fashion watches, including Fossil and Skagen.  Also, deals on Cuisinart cookware and  savings Makita XLC02RB1W 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum Kit with 2.0 Amp Battery.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. The Romance Daily Find is Making the Play by T. J. Kline.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The White Tiger A Novel by Aravind Adiga. The Extra Daily Deal is Exit Strategy: A Katerina Carter Fraud Legal Thriller (Book 1) by Colleen Cross.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until November 1, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Broken Ones by Sarah A. Denzil.

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale with chills & thrills under $5.

(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: Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door

daily_links_1Today, news that Spotify is selling the identifiable information of its freemium members. Also, Google Play Family Library allows sharing, Reddit will start allowing brands to sponsor posts and more. In deals, savings on Lenovo Flex laptops.

Daily Links for Wednesday, July 27, 2016:

Reddit will let brands sponsor posts from regular users (The Verge) I have a feeling that this will not go over well.

Google Play Family Library allows content sharing between six accounts (ZD Net) You can now create a Family library with up to six people. This allow you to share purchase of books, music, games and videos.

How to Get Extra Space on Any USB Drive (Gizmodo) A tweak to get more out of your storage drives.

Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door (Hypebot) Huh? They are selling user identifiable information from freemium level customers to advertisers?

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham and The Rook:  (The Rook Files Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select Lenovo Flex Laptops. Also, M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie complete bundle on

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. The Romance Daily Find is Calling It by Jen Doyle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Rook (The Rook Files, Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley. The Extra Daily Deal is The Color of Heaven Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Julianne MacLean.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The New Indian Slow Cooker by Neela Paniz.

Google Books has a selection of Exciting E-Originals: Digital-only reads for under $3 each.

(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: Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online

daily_links_1Today, stories about Spotify credentials appearing online, the Feds approve the Chartert-TWC merger, the dangers of a bluetooth pregnancy test and more. In deals, Watchesm headphones and Mother’s Days deals on Kindles and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Tuesday, April 26, 2016:

Feds Approve $78B Charter-TWC Merger, Creating Broadband Colossus (Motherboard) How big is too big? Does this merger cross the line? Read this article on Comcast and tell me what you think!

First Response’s Bluetooth pregnancy test is intriguing — and a privacy nightmare (The Verge) This is a case study illustrating why you should always read the permissions.

Congress demands to know how many citizens are being spied on (Ars Technica)I would like to know the answer to that question as well. Wouldn’t you?

The Real Power of Platforms Is Helping People Self-Organize (Harvard Business Review) Extremely interesting way to look at what plaforms like Uber do.

Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online – users report accounts hacked, emails changed (Techcrunch)

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters by Ulrich Boser for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Anne Klein Watches for Mother’s Day and SMS Audio Street by 50 Cent Wired On-Ear Headphones.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and theKindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Yes, it is still not too late to order one, especially with the basic black cover.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is From the Ashes by Jeremy Burns  for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup

Google has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, March 20, 2016:

Okay Google, now write all my emails  (The Next Web) Self-answering emails sounds wonderful! Wouldn’t you love for Google to answer all your emails?

Downloading MP3s from Spotify is easy but  feels dated (Torrent Freak) A command line prompt? Okay, sure….

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet (Techcrunch) Randome numbers and quantum computers – this could be a total complete game changer.

Farewell, Pagination (Slate) It is about time. Pagination on web pages? That is so yesterday….

Algorithmic feeds force us to compete (Techcrunch) Recent changes to Instagram and Twitter may have unintended consequences.

Japan plans to open national manga museum (Chicago Tribune) A museum for manga and anime? What a great idea!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman and Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily, a retelling of the Peter Pan story. Both books are $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has some interesting Lego sets and tons of toys today. Most of my online friends collect, LOL! And yes, those Kindle Fire 8.9 HDXs are still reduced.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Finn (Blue-Collar Billionaires #2) by M. Malone for $99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is My Kind of Wonderful Cedar Ridge (Book #2) by Jill Shalvis.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Names by Don DeLillio 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.