Daily Links and Deals: It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet

daily_links_1Today, news that the EU has finally (and sensibly) ruled that ebooks are actually books, paving the way to lower VAT prices. Also, a look at how New York City’s public WiFi is serving the poor, a new way for YouTube creators to interact with their followers and how one library is making itself a public space attraction. In deals, savings on Fossil bags and watches and a Panasonic bread machine. Also, new choices for the Amazon Echo and a new generation of the Echo Dot.

Daily Links for day, September 14, 2016:

Is New York City’s Public Wi-Fi Actually Connecting the Poor? (Motherboard) Part of the mission of LinkNYC is to address the digital divide. How’s it actually doing?

YouTube launches ‘Community’ in beta w/ a new tab for posting text, images, GIFs, and more (9 to 5 Google) Now content creators can engage with their followers directly.

It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet (Roger Packer) This opens the door to slash the very high EU VAT on ebooks. (This story was in the Financial Times yesterday, but I won’t link to paywalled content.)

Shhhh…ake it off at the library, the new happening place to be (KUOW) How libraries are re-imagining themselves as public spaces.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1) by Pearl S. Buck.

In Today’s Deals, get 50% off Fossil watches, bags and more. Also, there’s a Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White.

Echo news:  Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99.  Amazon is offering some interesting bundles, like the one pairing a Echo Dot with the Bose Soundlink Mini II. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

Alexa and the Echo and the Echo Dot are also coming to the UK and later, Germany. See http://www.amazon.co.uk/echo for details.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen. The Romance Daily Find is Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Big Thaw by Donald Harstad. The Extra Daily Deal is Mad Tinker Chronicles Collection by J.S. Morin.

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 September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee.

Google Books 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.

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Daily Links and Deals: Why I like my e-reader better than my smartphone

daily_links_1Can a dedicated e-reader provide a better reading experience than a smartphone? Also, a look at the descriptions of food in literature, questions about Comcast’s data meter and YouTube accused of censorship by using ad revenue as leverage. In deals, Wemo smart plugs, voice recognition software and the Amazon Tap for $99.99.

Daily Links for Tuesday, September 6, 2016:

Literary Meals that Leap off the Page (Read it Forward) Think about the food described in books! Could you imagine reading Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe without descriptions of food?

Why I like my e-reader better than my smartphone (TechGig) How using an e-reader gives a better, distraction-free experience.

Tales from Comcast’s data cap nation: Can the meter be trusted? (Ars Technica) Gee, they claim their meter is perfect….

YouTubers call out ad guidelines as a form of censorship (Engadget) If you lose your income because you talked about a particular subject, is that censorship? YouTube’s new notifications have a lot of people asking that question.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald and the iconic Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.

In Today’s Deals, up to 40% off the Wemo Switch Smart Plug, Wi-Fi (it works with the Amazon Echo). Also, special pricing on Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. Amazon also still has the Amazon Tap for $30 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. The Romance Daily Find is One Reckless Summer (Destiny, Ohio Series #1) by Toni Blake.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner. The Extra Daily Deal is The Quick A Novel by Lauren Owen. There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly.

Google Books has a selection of craft and cooking books in a Self-Improvement Sale.

(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: YouTube’s Content ID program finally provides for ad revenue during disputes

daily_links_1Today, a breakthrough in the YouTube Content ID advertising money issue, news on how platforms are affecting digital publishers, Google podcasts and more. In deals, there a $50 Blue smartphone and e-reader and tablet sales from both Kobo and Amazon for Mother’s Day.

Daily Links for Friday, April 29, 2016:

YouTube’s Content ID program finally provides for ad revenue during disputes (PC World) It;s not nearly enough, but it is a first step in fixing a flawed system.

Why We Should Be Worried About Ancient Viruses Infecting Power Plants (Motherboard) A nuclear power plant infected by a virus sounds like something from a movie. Unfortunately, this really happened. Do we need to worry about more incidences like this?

The haves and have-nots: Small publishers are left adrift by shift to platforms (Digiday) Changes in the digital publishing landscape are making it harder for the small publisher.

This E Ink tablet is a cute way to manage meetings (The Verge) Way too expensive, but it is cute. 🙂

Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana (The Verge) Is it just me, or is Cortana getting a little pushy? Back off, girl!

History of the Library of Congress (LOC) Fascinating piece on this institution and its importance to our history and as a world resource.

Google Play Music’s podcasts are convenient but lack features (Engadget) Don’t give up your favorite podcast app just yet.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shame by the incredibly talented Alan Russell for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a white BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Cellphone, 4GB. for $50.

There’s still time for gifts 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 the Kindle 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. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Beautiful, Dirty, Rich: A Novel by J. D. Mason for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Owning Violet: A Novel by Monica Murphy for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan for $1.99.

And for Mother’s Day, you can get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Incarnations by Susan Barker 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: 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.

Daily Links and Deals: How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 6, 2016:

How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device (CNET) – Possibly useful for Sunday, LOL?

A Fine mess: how not to assert your copyright in the YouTube age (The Verge) – As more and more people are creators, we are going to see more and more of these kinds of issues.

I almost managed a week using only my iPad… but one thing held me back (The Next Web) –  And this is why the PC and the laptop aren’t dead yet….

Twitter’s timeline will soon show tweets out of order (The Verge) This is going to be a big problem for a lot of people.

Review: 2 low-cost Windows 10 laptops challenge the Chromebooks (Computer World) –  I love my Chromebook, but they don’t do everything.

The Internet Archive Opened an Online Malware Museum (Motherboard) – Who wants to see really old malware from the 80s and 90s.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes books from The Huntress/FBI Thriller Series for  $1.99 each.

You can also find refurbished TIVO systems priced from $29.99 to $89.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Chaos and Moonlight by A.D. Marrow for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer for $2.99. And Until February 19th. you can buy two romance themed novels and get one free.

And, thrugh February 14, 2016, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for $109.99 (includes free delivery).

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The One You Fear by Paul Pikington 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.