Friday, September 30, 2016

Smashwords Coupons Enhanced to Enable More Flexible Book Promotions - Smashwords Blog

Panzer stopped in at the Smashwords site today. With only a little digging, our traveling kitty discovered a post about new coupons generated by Smashwords' Coupon Manager.
Planning a Christmas sales campaign?

According to the post by Smashwords' founder Mark Coker, Smashwords has added metered coupons to the Coupon Manager feature for authors (and publishers). The metered coupons allow an author (or publisher) to designate a specific number of coupons available to readers. Previously added to the Coupon Manager was the ability to place a descriptive label on each coupon. This allows for tracking the use of specific coupons during a campaign.

Panzer says, "These labelled coupons make tracking the success of a promotional sales campaign easy."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Smashwords Coupons:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

James Patterson Cancels the Publication of The Murder of Stephen King - GalleyCat

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the GalleyCat site. There our adventuresome kitty boy found a post about bestselling author James Patterson.

Why would you call it that?
According to a post by Maryann Yin, James Patterson decided not to publish his novel The Killing of Stephen King. The novel was written for the James Patterson BookShots series. These are books 150 pages or less. After learning about fans who had caused problems for author Stephen King Mr. Patterson decided not to publish the book.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Humans ... Why would you even consider a title like that to begin with?"

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to James Patterson

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

eBooks Die While Used Print Book Sales Live On (It Didn't Have to be That Way) - The Digital Reader

Wow! Sales are down 21.8%?
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard wailing and crying. Following all the noise took our brave kitty pilot to The Digital Reader site.  A little digging and he found a post about the decline in ebook sales.

In the post The Digital Reader site editor Nate Hoffelder quotes from a post by Bob Lefsetz that ebook sales are down 21.8 percent. However, a close reading seems to show the post is about sales that are of ebooks converted from older traditionally published books included in that sales decline. According to the post, the publishers have these ebooks priced at almost as much as the original dead tree books. These high ebook prices are sending readers to used bookstores for used dead tree copies of the ebooks. The post includes a link to the original post the opening quotes come from.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Does Kindle Unlimited's all you can read 'sales' count in that decline or are they ignored as 'sales'? Inquiring cats want to know."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to ebooks

Monday, September 26, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat decorum:

This is an important secret for all my cat friends to learn:

When What's His Name goes whining to Mom about tripping over me ...

and ...

You'd think he'd learn it doesn't work.
Mom makes me apologize to him ...

I wait until she turns her back to walk away

and then ...

I whisper very softly to What's His Name ...

"But it was your fault."

Friday, September 23, 2016

J.K. Rowling Reveals Her Patronus on Twitter - GalleyCat

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard ooohing and aaahing outside the Panzermobile. Following all the noise took our intrepid traveling kitty to the GalleyCAT site. There he found news about Pottermore.

Mom's Protector and Guardian.
According to a post by Maryann Yin, J.K. Rowling announced her Patronus on Twitter. Using the quiz at Pottermore, she discovered her Patronus is the heron. Found in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the Patronus is a guardian that protects against the Dementors. In a separate GalleyCAT post announcing the Patronus quiz going live, there is a link to Pottermore. At Pottermore you either have to already be a member or signup there to take the quiz and get your Patronus.

Panzer says, "Mom doesn't need a Patronus. She has me to protect her."

Note: These are both short posts, but together they make a medium read. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for both of today's reading selections.

To read the post about J.K. Rowlings's Twitter announcement, tootle over to J.K. Rowling Patronus

To read the post about the Patronus and the link to Pottermore, tootle over to Pottermore

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks - Tech Crunch

Panzer made a trip to the Tech Crunch site today. There our kitty pilot discovered a post about Amazon's Prime membership service.

Amazon is everywhere.
According to the post by Sarah Perez, Amazon announced new benefits to their Prime members. Members will now have free access to 50 periodically changing Audible audio books and free access to Audible Channels. Audible is owned by Amazon. As Ms. Perez points out, although neither Amazon nor Audible call Audible Channels podcasts, that is what they are.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Audible Channels podcasts ... iTunes podcasts ... Competition? This kitty thinks so."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Prime

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Amazon is hiring for its new bookstore in Boston - TeleRead

Today, Panzer's trip into the Catosphere took him to the TeleRead site. After a little digging around our big bad kitty found a post about Amazon.

This needs watching.
According to Nate Hoffelder's post, Amazon is currently hiring employees for its new Amazon Books bookstore in the Legacy Place mall in Dedham, Massachusetts. The employee job descriptions seem to make it evident that the new store will carry the same books and electronics products as the original Seattle, Washington, bookstore.

Panzer says, "Amazon seems to be opening stores in fast succession since this is to be the fifth bricks and mortar store."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading session.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon bookstore

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Press Release: Rakuten Kobo Keeps Sainsbury's Ebook Customers Reading Digitally - Book Business

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today when he stopped in at the Book Business site. There our exploring kitty pilot found a post about a press release from Rakuten Kobo.

Hurry! There's no time to spare.
According to the post, while Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand is leaving the digital entertainment world, Rakuten Kobo has stepped in to allow Sainsbury's customers to migrate their ebook libraries to the Rakuten Kobo ereader system. Sainsbury's customers will be notified by email by October 25 with transfer instructions.

Panzer says, "You'll need to hurry when you get your transfer instructions. All transfers must be completed by December 1."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Rakuten Kobo

Monday, September 19, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat history:

I heard What's His Name tell Mom that cats were originally domesticated to keep rodents out of stockpiled grain.

You know ...

Most of the time What's His Name doesn't know what he's talking about.

I mean ... Domesticated cats ... That is a ridiculous statement.

But ... When I think about it ...

Maybe he's right with the rest of it.

Because ...

Where are my good kitty treats?
I mean ... Mom's stockpiled containers on the counter of flour, corn meal and rice have absolutely no rodents in them.

So ...

Facts are facts.

I'm doing an exemplary job.




Saturday, September 17, 2016

This Ebook Publisher Doesn't Have Authors. It Has Writers' Rooms. - Wired

One episode? That's not too hard.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today when he decided to make a stop at the Wired site. There our intrepid kitty pilot found an interesting post about publisher Serial Box.

According to the post by Charley Locke, Serial Box is at its heart a publisher, but not a publisher of novels but a publisher of episodes from a novel. The episodes are each written by a different author. Readers can purchase one episode or the whole "series" on iTunes.

Panzer says, "When you look at the cost to buy the whole series, it's about the same as a hardback novel."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Serial Box Books

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