Friday, August 26, 2016

Amazon Opening a Physical Bookstore in Chicago - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, when he heard ooohing and ahhhing. Following all the noise took our brave kitty pilot to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon.

Who will win?
According to the post by Judith Rosen, Amazon has announced the location of their fourth bricks and mortar bookstore will be Chicago, Illinois. Amazon's first bricks and mortar store opened in Seattle, Washington, last year, the second will open in San Diego, California, this summer, and the third will open in Portland, Oregon, later this year.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... It looks to this kitty like Amazon is planning to go head-to-head with the Barnes and Noble bricks and mortar stores. I know. I said yesterday no Barnes and Noble news for a while ... But, this sure looks like an attack on a wounded gazelle by a hungry lion."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Barnes and Noble Faces a Challenge that has Not Been Clearly Spelled Out - The Idea Logical Company

Panzer made a trip to The Idea Logical Company site today. With hardly any digging at all he found a post about Barnes and Noble.

The post by Mike Shatzkin addresses the question of what Barnes and Noble needs to do now to be a viable and healthy bookstore chain. According to Mr. Shatzkin, basically the answer seems to be that smaller is better. He suggests that instead of enlarging the stores to what ousted CEO Ron Boire called "concept stores," the stores should, instead, downsize. With examples from the history of bookstores up to the present, Mr. Shatzkin shows the current evolution is for smaller stores. There are other suggestions to ensure Barnes and Noble's ability to continue to function.
After all that, I need a nap.

Panzer says, "I promise, no more posts about Barnes and Noble for a while."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermoses of tea and two dozen muffins for today's reading selection. You should probably also bring a sleeping bag for a nap halfway through the reading selection, too.

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's Next for Barnes and Noble? - Publishers' Weekly

Panzer stopped in at the Publishers' Weekly site today. There our curious kitty found a post about Barnes and Noble. The company seems to be everywhere in the Catosphere since the ouster of CEO Ron Boire.

I'm looking everywhere for answers.
In the post Jim Milliot examines both named and unnamed publishers' reactions to the announcement of Mr. Boire's unexpected firing. With a change in leadership coming this late in the year, it appears the publishers are all worried about Barnes and Noble's Christmas book promotions and sales plans and follow through. There are other publisher concerns covered in the post, but unease about the upcoming holiday book buying season seems to be the major question.

Panzer says, "This kitty wants to know if they'll put more effort into the bn.com site and the Nook now."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Barnes and Noble Introduces the New Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK - Barnes and Noble Press Release

Only $139.00?
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard strange noises. Following all the hullabaloo took our traveling kitty explorer to the Barnes and Noble site. With a little digging around he discovered information about Barnes and Noble and Samsung's newest Nook.

According to a press release at the site, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook is now on the market. It has a 7.0 inch screen and features a camera, FM radio capabilities, access to the Google Play Store and more. It's available for a cost of $139.00 new or $99.00 as an upgrade. The new Nook is for sale in the Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores as well as online at bn.com.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. I want one. That's a very good price."

Note this is a medium post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Nook

Monday, August 22, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on creative urges:

Cats don't get enough appreciation for our contributions to the human world.

I mean, sure, that Einstein guy came up with that theory of relativity thingy ...

But ...

Cats ...

We come up with important stuff.

We gave the world Twerking.

You know ...

There's a spider on the floor ...

I crouch down ...

Give us credit once in a while.
in my attack mode ready to jump

and ...

wiggle my behind ...

See ... Cat Twerking.

We started it,

You stole it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

HarperCollins Unveils Website Redesign - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the PW (Publishers' Weekly) site. There our kitty pilot discovered some interesting news about publisher HarperCollins.

In a short post by Rachel Deahl, Panzer learned HarperCollins has now opened their redesigned HarperCollins.com website. The redesign makes the site more mobile devise friendly. It also has several new features including the "Book Finder" which helps visitors find gift books. The site is for direct book sales to visitors.
Maybe I need glasses.

Panzer says, "I have a hard enough time reading my text messages on Mom's smartphone. I don't know if I can find a new book using those little, teeny, tiny thumbnail book covers."

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

To read the post, tootle over to HarperCollins

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wattpad Introduces Video Ads Within Stories - Book Business

Panzer stopped in at the Book Business site today. There our traveling kitty reporter found a post about Wattpad. Wattpad is the site that allows authors to post their writing for members to read and comment on.

According to the post by Ellen Harvey, Wattpad is offering a new service for their authors. The program is called Wattpad Futures. The program will place video ads in the chapter breaks of an author's novel. Each reader's viewing of an ad will generate a payment for the author. Thus the program allows authors to have an income stream from their writing at Wattpad. The post includes Wattpad's original press release about the program.
Think you'll be one of the chosen few?

Panzer says, "Wait a second kittens before you rush out to sign up for the program. It's a by-invitation-only program. So ... sign up for Wattpad ... but don't expect to jump right into the program."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Wattpad

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Barnes and Noble Ousts CEO, Ron Boire - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard strange noises coming from the PW (Publishers' Weekly) site. Zipping over, he discovered some news about Barnes and Noble. Our inquisitive kitty does like to keep up to date on the goings on at Barnes and Noble. Their ebook selling site is the main outlet for his ebook sales.

According to a post by Rachel Deahl, Barnes and Noble announced the ousting (termination) of CEO Ron Boire. This comes on the heels of the disclosure that the company's June revenue showed a 3.1 percent decline with losses from the bn.com site and Nook sales. In the wake of Mr. Boire's departure, Barnes and Noble founder Len Riggio announced he will postpone his retirement until a replacement is found. Book publishers asked about the news were surprised and unhappy with the announcement.

I'll never understand humans.
Panzer says, "Let me see  ... Barnes and Noble announced a while back they were going to concentrate on building up their brick and mortar stores' restaurants and serve alcohol in them ... and ... cut back on the Nook. ... Hmmm ... Now Nook sales are down ... and ... the bn.com site (which sells ebooks for the Nook) sales are down. Coincidence? This kitty thinks not."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of iced tea and cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Amazon's latest weapon in the e-commerce wars: Its own air force - The Washington Post

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he almost got side-swiped by a Boeing 767 jet. Following the big bully took our brave kitty boy to The Washington Post site. There he discovered the plane belongs to Amazon.

I am not a happy kitty.
A post at the site by Sarah Halzack explains it was Amazon One doing a test flight. Amazon has leased 40 planes as part of their delivery service to use between warehouses. They also own 4,000 truck trailers as part of the same delivery service. It turns out, Amazon has already been using 11 of the planes they leased before this official announcement, but this is the first plane to have the Amazon logo. The other planes will get the logos in the near future. There's a photo of the jet with the post so you can see the logo placement. The post also explains about the planes' uses in the delivery chain.

Panzer says, "Amazon better have good insurance ... That plane almost hit my Panzermobile."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazons air force

Monday, August 15, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on love:

The opposite of love isn't hate. It's indifference.

You want love? Get a dog.
Feed me and I'll stop being indifferent

toward you ...

for a while ...

maybe.

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