Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Ilvermorny writing and Sorting Ceremony by J.K. Rowling now on Pottermore

A nice trip to school.
Panzer got back from the vet with a clean bill of health. To celebrate our happy kitty got back in the Panzermobile to make another trip into the Catosphere. Over at the J.K. Rowling site Pottermore he discovered a video about the Ilvermorney School. He also found, if you register, you can learn your house at Hogwarts and/or at Ilvermorny. You can also read about the schools and get your wand. He can't wait for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to come out.

Panzer says, "It's an interesting place to visit for an inquisitive kitty."

Note: This can be a short visit or a long visit. It's up to you.

To visit Pottermore, tootle over to Ilvermorny

Authors and Their Day Jobs: Infographic - Galleycat

I don't want to go.
Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today before his trip to the vet for a checkup. Our anxious kitty boy found an interesting infographic at the GalleyCAt site.

Have you ever wondered what day jobs authors like Stephen Kind or Margaret Atwood or Douglas Adams had before they became famous? Maryann Yin found an infographic that lists twenty authors and what they did to pay the bills.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... A school janitor? That's kind of scary."

Note: This is a short infographic. You'll only need a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to day jobs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The State of Indie Audiobooks

Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere today. Our intrepid kitty explorer made his way to the Book Life site. With just a little digging around he found a post about indie audiobooks.

What's she go planned now?
In a post by Ryan Joe Panzer learned about Audible's Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). ACX has had  a phenomenal amount of growth in the indie audiobook market. ACX helps indie audiobook authors find narrators for their projects and then helps with the distribution of the finished product to Amazon and other outlets. Also included in the post are other avenues to find narrators and distribution.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... I wonder if that's why Mom got a copy of the Audacity program. I'll have to ask her."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to audiobooks

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

B&N's Nook Press Debuts Print, In-Store Event Programs - PW

Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard cheering and clapping. Following all the yelling and hurrahing took our kitty boy to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble.

I'll definitely be looking into this.
According to the post by Calvin Reid, Barnes and Noble made their anticipated announcement about their entry into the print publishing arena. Panzer told you about their planned announcement last week. Barnes and Noble has come up with a way to compete with Amazon's print publishing arm Create Space. Barnes and Noble's Nook Press qualifying ebook authors will now be able to print their ebooks as hardbacks and/or paperbacks. They will then be able to not only sell their books at Barnes and Noble stores, but also do author book signings and other events there as well.

Panzer says, "Barnes and Noble has a definite advantage over Amazon by allowing authors to have events at their stores in conjunction with their sales."

Note: This is a short post. You'll only need one cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Nook Press

To read Panzer's previous post about Barnes and Noble, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Monday, June 27, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on being agreeable:

I heard What's His Name telling Mom I'm not likeable.

Well ...

Eyes, ears, fur. Nope. Not like a bowl.
Guess what?

He's right.

I totally agree with him.

I don't

Look anything like a bowl.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

J.K. Rowling On Newt Scamander: VIDEO - Galleycat

It'll be showing soon.
Panzer got woken from his Sunday afternoon nap by raucous laughter and cheers coming from the Catosphere. Our brave kitty hopped in the Panzermobile to find out what was going on. Following all the noise took him to the GalleyCAT site.

All the hub bub was caused by a post there by Maryann Yin about Newt Scamander. Newt Scamander is the hero in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. Included in the post is a video teaser about the movie featuring author J.K. Rowling.

Panzer says, "I can't wait to see the movie!"

Note: This is a very short post with a two (plus) minute video. Bring a cup of soda and some popcorn.

To read the post, tootle over to Newt Scamander

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Looking to Future, B & N Puts Its Faith In Bricks and Mortar - PW

Interesting idea ... I guess.
Panzer's search in the Catoshere looking for news took him to the Publishers' Weekly site today. There our kitty pilot discovered the latest news about Barnes and Noble.

According to a post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble executives held a conference on Thursday to let their investors know the company's plans for the future. It was announced B and N is opening new stores with "cafes" that serve alcohol. The new cafes will be larger than the previous in-store cafes and will feature chef prepared meals. Also announced wwere cuts to the Nook side of the business. Buried near the end of the announcement is the fact the company will be making another announcement about a new print on demand portion of business.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Do they think human who drink a lot of alcohol will buy more books?"

Note: This is a very l-o-n-g post with a lot of information. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins for today's reading selections.

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Friday, June 24, 2016

How Will "The Brexit" Impact Book Publishing? - Book Business

Panzer decided to do a little exploring in the Catosphere today. Our inquisitive kitty wanted to see what he could find out about Brexit's impact on publishing. His searches took him to the Book Business site.

Now ... What is VAT? EU?
There Panzer found an interesting post by Ellen Harvey loaded with the same questions he has. Like: "What about the VAT?" "New taxes?" "Sales where?" While the post doesn't answer any of the questions, it does include links to other posts that although not definitive do prove helpful. Oh ... The post includes a few quoted tweets from authors too.

Panzer says, "It's all so confusing to this little kitty."

Note: This is a short post, but there are linked posts that make this a l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea and two muffins for today's whole reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Brexit and book publishing

Thursday, June 23, 2016

As E-book Sales Decline, Digital Fatigue Grows - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer's trip in the Catosphere took him to the Publishers' Weekly site today. There our adventuresome kitty boy found a post about the state of ebook sales.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, two interesting surveys have recently been done about ebook sales. The Association of American Publishers research study says ebook sales by trade publishers was down 14 percent. in 2015. In a research study by  Codex Group it was found readers are tiring of their e-readers, tablets and smartphones and are returning to physical (dead tree) books. There are graphics and charts included in the post to demonstrate the survey results.
They're always ahead of everybody else.

Panzer says, "I told you yesterday there was a reason why Amazon was opening more bricks and mortar bookstores. They already knew readers were going back to dead tree books."

Note: This is a long post. You will need a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to sales decline

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Amazon's Third Bookstore Will Be In Portland - Fortune

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere just enjoying himself when he heard sighing and soft "Oh! No-ing!" Our brave kitty boy followed the noise to the Fortune site. There he discovered the worrisome sounds were about a post describing Amazon's latest moves.

It's hard to keep up with Amazon.
According to Leena  Rao's post there, Amazon is still on its foray into opening bricks and mortar bookstores. Panzer told you in November of last year about their first store in Seattle (Washington) and in March of this year about their second store in San Diego (California). The Fortune post states they'll be opening their third store in Portland, Oregon. They're definitely on an expansion move into the traditional bricks and mortar bookstore market.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Amazon must see a returning market for dead tree books or they wouldn't be jumping in now."

Note: This is a shortish post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for your reading today. If you plan to read all of Panzer's posts too, bring an extra cup of tea and another muffin.

To read the post about the newest store, tootle over to Amazon

To read Panzer's post about the first Amazon store, tootle over to Amazon Seattle store

To read Panzer's post about the second Amazon store, tootle over to Amazon San Diego store