Monday, January 15, 2018

A New Panzerism

He won't do that again. *
Panzer on return policies:

Mom ...

What's His Name bought the cheap cat food again.

Can we take him back to the Husband Store and get a better one?



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Kindle Publishing Guidelines (2018) Allow For 50 MB Cover Images - The Digital Reader

Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile when he found a post wedged under the floor mat. Spreading it out on the passenger seat he discovered it was from The Digital Reader site and about Amazon's new Kindle publishing guidelines.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon has come out with the 2018 publishing guidelines for Kindle. The post says the cover MB size and pixel size has changed among other things for ebooks. There's a link at the beginning of the post to download a copy of the new guidelines.

It's nap time.
Panzer says, "This little kitty downloaded his copy and is going to have Mom read it to him this weekend."

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

To read the post tootle over to Kindle publishing guidelines

Friday, January 12, 2018

U.S. Newspaper, Book Printers Buying Canadian Uncoated Groundwood Are Up In Arms - Printing Impressions

Panzer hardly had time to park the Panzermobile, before he heard crying and ranting coming from the Catosphere. Jumping back into the ship, our speedy kitty followed all the noise to the Printing Impressions site. With no digging at all he found a post about the proposed addition of a countervailing duty (CVD) to Canadian uncoated groundwood paper was causing all the hubbub.

The post by Mark Michelson says U.S. newspaper and book printers are upset over a recent decision from the U.S. Department of Commerce. After North Pacific Paper (a U.S. paper company) filed a complaint about the Canadian government subsidizing certain portions their wood industry, the Department of Commerce opened an investigation. After the investigation the Dept. of Commerce determined Canadian uncoated groundwood paper was subsidized. This means Canadian uncoated groundwood paper will now have a countervailing duty (a fee) imposed. This type of paper is what is used for newspapers and books. U.S. newspapers and book printers will take a hit to their bottom line with the increase in their Canadian paper costs. Readers may not be willing to pay more for newspapers and books and this may cause some businesses to close down.
Maybe I can go home now.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks this new CVD speeds up the transfer from paper books and newspapers to ebooks and digital news."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermoses of tea and a dozen muffins, six ginger snap cookies (biscuits) and a cinnamon roll for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to U.S. newspaper and book printers

Local governments won't say what they're offering Amazon - AP News

Today's trip took Panzer to the AP News (Associated Press) site. There with no digging at all he found a post about Amazon's second headquarters (HQ2).

According to the post by Josh Cornfield, Amazon has promised to choose the location for their second headquarters (HQ2) by the end of this year. By the 2017 deadline 238 proposals were received  from different states, cities and districts in North America. Each is hoping to get Amazon's promised 50,000 jobs. They're willing to give Amazon tax breaks, grants and incentives to get those jobs, but most are not willing to discuss they're individual offers. The post names three cities who were willing to disclose their offers. The other states,cities and districts either refused (for different reasons) to disclose anything or didn't bother to respond.

I've got an answer for any problem.
Panzer says, "Why do humans have all these big secrets from each other about what they're doing to woo Amazon? Everybody knows, nothing says I love you like a dead mouse on the pillow in the morning."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Barnes and Noble in Lahaina to move to Maui Marketplace in Kahului in March - mauitime

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he stopped in at the mauitime site. Our traveling kitty boy has never been there before so it took a lot of digging to find a post. Finally, he found a post about Barnes and Noble's bookstore in Lahaina (Hawaii).

We can all learn from this.
According to Anthony Pignataro, the rumors of Barnes and Noble's demise in Lahaina have been exaggerated. It's true that Barnes and Noble's lease at the Lahaina Gateway Center expired and a new one couldn't be negotiated. It's also true that at that point Barnes and Noble announced they would close the store. However, as the only store providing new books, the residents came together and convinced Barnes and Noble to stay. After more searching a "temporary" location was found at the Maui Marketplace. Barnes and Noble will stay in the Marketplace while the search continues for a permanent home.

Panzer says, "It makes this little kitty feel all warm and fuzzy to learn there are still humans who like books enough to keep a bookstore alive so they can shop there."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and half a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Now Users Can Create Their Own Flipping Book from PDF with PubHTML5 - Digital Journal

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Digital Journal site. There with a little digging around our inquisitive kitty found a press release about making flipping books and magazines using PubHTML5.

I wondered how those pages turned.
According to the press release, PubHTML5 now has the Flipping Book PDF software available. The software can be used for publishing (e)books, magazines and catalogues. The (e)books, magazines etc. pages will "flip" giving the impression of "turning" the pages. The press release includes a link at the beginning to the Flipping Book PDF software site. There are samples and a chance to demonstrate the software. Near the end of the press release is a link to the PubHTML5 site. There are more samples and a page where the different price options are compared.

Panzer says, "Be careful before you download the software to your computer. To download you have to pay. There's also a free option if you want it, but you can't download the software."

Note: This is a long press release. Bring a cup of tea and three muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links, bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to PubHTML5

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Amazon shutters LoveFilm, Amazon Wine, Heera and Anime Strike. Kicks ebooks out of AbeBooks. Will AbeBooks be next to go? - The New Publishing Standard

Panzer hardly made it into the Catosphere before the Panzermobile began being buffeted by crying and gnashing of teeth. Following all the noise took our fearsome kitty pilot to The New Publishing Standard site. With no digging at all he discovered a post about Amazon was causing all the trouble.

Really, it's not that bad.
According to the post by Mark Williams, Amazon has been doing some reshuffling and closing of certain small divisions of the company. Heera and Anime Strike have been moved into the Amazon Prime package. LoveFilm and Amazon Wine have been closed down. The AbeBooks division will no longer carry ebooks. While Amazon has made no announcement about AbeBooks, the post speculates the removal of ebooks may be a harbinger of AbeBooks demise.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Pay attention to the details, not just the headline."

Note: This is medium post. Bring a cup of tea, one muffin and one peanut butter cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selections.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Monday, January 8, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on forgiveness:

What's His Name stepped on my food dish this morning. Knocked the whole thing upside down.

Food everywhere ... and ... now the food's covered in dirt and whatever else was on the bottom his shoe.

I couldn't believe it. He just scooped it up and put it back in my dish.

Yeah ... Like I'd eat it now.

Mom told me to settle down. She said it was just an accident and I need to forgive him.

Okay ... Okay. I'm all right now. *
So I'm using my new cat mantra to calm down.

To err is human.
To forgive is just plain stupid.
To err is human.
To forgive ...



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hekayn - The Arab world's answer to Amazon KDP self publishing. In Sweden - The New Publishing Standard

Today Panzer spent his time sweeping and mopping the floor of the Panzermobile. As he was cleaning the upholstery, he discovered a rolled up wad of something under the cushion of the pilot's seat. Smoothing it out our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from The New Publishing Standard site about the Hekayh publishing platform.

Nap time. I've had a busy day.
According to The New Publishing Standard site owner Mark Williams' post, Mikael Norrman has opened a new self-publishing and marketing online company named Hekayh. The company was opened in response to the need for these services in the Arabic language speaking countries. Currently, Hekayh has over 1,000 ebooks (with more added each month) available at the sales site. In an interview Mr. Norrman stated this seemed a perfect niche as there was very little competition in the Arab world. Mikael Norrman has experience in the publishing area as he is the CEO of Booqla of Sweden. There are links included in the post to the specific sites mentioned. (Each site/company is in their own language.)

Panzer says, "This little kitty finds it interesting that there are still places where Amazon hasn't taken over the marketplace.'

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

To read the post tootle over to Hekayh

Friday, January 5, 2018

Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Revenues Down 6.4 % - The Digital Reader

Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere today. Our speedy little kitty pilot stopped in at The Digital Reader site. With a little digging he found a post about Barnes and Noble's holiday sales figures.

How can we help them?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Barnes and Noble announced in a press release that holiday sales revenue was down compared to last year's holiday revenue. It appears lower bricks and mortar store shoppers contributed to the 6.4 percent decline. Online sales also declined, but by only 4.5 percent. The company projects the next quarter sales will also be down.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Obviously ...The restaurants with alcohol in the stores isn't working. Maybe ... Do a little work on the Nook? Or work on the Nook for PC app?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

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