Friday, April 17, 2015

Scribd Expands Its Audiobook Library

Panzer made a kitty pit stop at GalleyCAT today.

Our big bad kitty boy found a post about subscription service Scribd. Panzer tries to keep up with the going-ons at Scribd. His ebook Cats and Crime is offered there as are his friend Fiona L. Webber's romances.

I need to look into this.
According to a post by Maryann Yin, Scribd's subscription service audiobooks have increased by 9,000 with the signing of an agreement with Penguin Random House.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. Maybe it's time for me to get into audiobooks too."

To read the full post, tootle over to Scribd Expands Its Audiobook Library

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Terms Of Amazon HarperCollins Contract

Means more readers for me.
Panzer was taking a leisurely trip around the Catosphere when he stopped in at the Slate site for a few kitty treats.

Our big bad kitty reporter told you on April 2 about the new Amazon Harpercollins contract. Well, he found a post by Alison Griswold about the terms of that new contract.

And ... readers may not be happy about those terms.

The contract gives publishers the right to determine their own ebook prices.

Readers say price is Too High?

Amazon says, "This price was set by the publisher."

Panzer says, "Let me get this straight. Publishers can set the price however high they want. Let them. If readers don't want to pay hardcover prices for an ebook, they can buy my ebooks for ebook prices."

To read the full post, tootle over to Amazon and HarperCollins Contract

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bookmate Subscription Service Agreement

So many. Who will win in the end?
Panzer was doing his daily business in the Catosphere when he found an interesting post about another ebook subscription service. Before Kindle Unlimited jumped into the ebook subscription service business model, there were already several monthly subscription services to choose from on the market.

According to the synopsis of a press release at the Publishers' Weekly site, Bloomsbury, Faber Factory and Harlequin have signed an agreement with subscription service Bookmate. The agreement gives Bookmate access to 15,000 ebooks to bring their total library up to half-a-million ebooks. If you want to read the full press release, the end of the synopsis includes a link to it.

Panzer says, "Everybody is getting into the ebook subscription service market. There's so many I'm tripping over them."

To read the press release, tootle over to Bookmate Deal

Monday, April 13, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the zen art of teaching cats:

When you tell a dog to sit,
it means he can relax and get off his feet for minute.

But ...

if you tell a cat to sit,
It's not going to happen.
that cat has to wake up, stretch,

and ...

then get up to sit.

No, I think you can take sit off the list of things to teach a cat to do.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Indie ReCon Global Online Conference

Hurry! We don't want to be late!
Panzer found a super FREE treat for you today.

Our big bad kitty investigated the Indie ReCon Global Online Conference for you. It turns out the conference is online so there's no travel costs. There's no cost to register. So it really is FREE. This is a conference for indie authors presented by indie authors. Speakers will include Bella Andre, Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, CJ Lyons and others. The conference runs from April 15-17.

Panzer says, "Hurry up and register so you don't miss out!"

To read about the conference and to register, tootle over to Indie Recon

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Digital Age And Business Models

It's been a long day.
Panzer has been flying around the Catosphere today looking for news for you. Our kitty pilot of the Panzermobile found an interesting post at the Publishers' Weekly site.

According to a post by Andrew Albanese, you can now obtain an English language version of's New Business Models in the Digital Age report. What business models have evolved in the digital age? And where are they going? While the report was prepared for industry professionals, it is worth reading by writers to see what the future might hold. Mr. Albanese's post contains a link to the site to download the report in various formats.

Panzer says, "Mom is going to read it to me after my nap. It looks pretty long, so I need an energy refill."

To read the post, tootle over to Report

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Oyster To Jump Into Ebook Sales

You're making a big mistake.
Panzer found some more big news for you in the Catosphere. Yesterday our big bad news reporter told you about Kobo's  entrance into the ereader market. Today he discovered Oyster is jumping into the ebook retail market. So, yesterday Kobo announced Amazon competition and today Oyster announces Amazon competition.

According to a post by Calvin Reid at the Publishers' Weekly site, Oyster announced they'll be adding an ebook retail store to their subscription service. The store will carry ebooks from the big five publishers. While Oyster's services are only available in the U.S. now, there are plans to expand internationally this year.

Panzer says, "I think they're making a big mistake. It doesn't look like there's any place in the plan for indie authors. Smashwords has had an agreement with Oyster since the beginning and contributed a lot to their size."

Note: this is a l-o-n-g post, so bring a b-i-g cup of tea.

To read the full post, tootle over to Oyster

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kobo Takes On Amazon In Ereader World

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard laughing and hand clapping and backslapping. He followed all the noise to the GalleyCAT site.

It's coming! I can see it!
Our big kitty boy discovered the cause of all the frivolity. According to a post by Dianna Dilworth, Kobo has entered the ereader market ... and ... their ereader is in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle Voyage. And the price? It's $70 less than the Voyage. Included in the post is a link to Kobo's site with their original post.

Panzer says, "Happy Cat Dance! Happy Cat Dance!"

To read the post, tootle over to

Monday, April 6, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat inventiveness:

Do you wonder what I see when I'm staring at the space over your shoulder

and ...

you turn around and don't see anything?

Do you wonder what I see when I'm staring at the floor
Gotcha! Made you look.

and ...

you look and squint and don't see anything?

Actually ...

That's because there's nothing there.