Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Sell Books That Are Good Enough To Steal - Book Business

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard snickering and giggling in the distance. Following all the low-key noise took our brave kitty to the Book Business site. It didn't take any digging at all to find the post causing all the tee heeing.

In his post Caleb Mason says writers and publishers must produce books that "are good enough to steal." Mr. Mason begins with a story about when he mistakenly left a bench full of books outside his bookstore employer's building all night. What happened? Nothing. Nobody stole any of the books. So, he put up a sign with "Not Good Enough To Steal" and the books started selling. Another time Mr. Mason tried to give away a free book. What happened? Nothing. Nobody would take it. See where all the snickering and giggling was coming from? These personal stories (and others) are Mr. Mason's lead-ins to publishers (and authors) use of DRM for their ebooks. If the publisher/author thinks their book is "good enough to steal" they lock it up with DRM. Mr. Mason includes a lot more information about DRM in his post.
Pffft. I don't steal anything anyway.

Panzer says, "Makes sense to me. I wouldn't steal a book even if it was free. I'd just write a new one I liked better myself."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You will need two cups of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to books good enough to steal

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Simon and Schuster Slapped with eBook Royalty Class Action Lawsuit - Copylaw: Publishing and Entertainment Law

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Copylaw: Publishing and Entertainment Law site. A little digging around there and our inquisitive kitty reporter found a post about Simon and Schuster.

Whoever wins, this will be interesting.
According to the post there, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Simon and Schuster in New York state by Sheldon Blau, MD. The lawsuit against Simon and Schuster says the publisher misclassified "ebook transactions as 'sales' rather than 'licenses.'" The suit alleges that by classifying the transactions sales instead of licenses, Simon and Schuster is underpaying authors. Instead of paying 50 percent for licensing rights for each transaction, they are paying 25 percent for a sale for each transaction.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... The lawsuit makes sense to me, but what do I know. I'm just a little black kitty. I don't understand human laws, so don't quote me on anything."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Simon and Schuster

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Waterstones cuts e-book deal with Kobo - The Bookseller

Kobo scores again.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere enjoying himself today. After reading various blog post headlines, our inquisitive kitty boy found an interesting one at The Bookseller site.

According to the post by Lisa Campbell, the book store chain Waterstones will no longer sell ebooks from their website. Waterstones will, instead, have visitors to their website make their ebook purchases at Kobo. Customers with libraries of already purchased ebooks at Waterstones' site will be able to move them to the Kobo site.

Panzer says, "None of this is surprising to this little kitty. Waterstones' website never generated enough ebook sales to justify maintaining it."

Note: This is a medium post. You'll need a cup of tea and a small muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Kobo

Monday, May 23, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on moral concepts:

Mom said, "Bad Kitty," when I scratched the furniture.

You know ... What's His Name always says she's pretty smart.

So I thought about what Mom said for a long time ...

in between my morning nap and my noon nap.

And ...

This is what I decided:

Sorry ... You're wrong again, Mom.
There are two ways to look at it,

My way ...

And ...

The wrong way.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Goodreads Is Finally Cashing In On Its Devoted Community - Wired

Panzer's trip in the Catosphere today was interrupted by the sounds of wailing and crying. Following all the noise took our fearless kitty pilot to the Wired site. There he found a post about Goodreads that was causing all the book lovers woes.

Come on. You knew they'd do it.
According to the post, Goodreads has started selling ebooks. This week they introduced a program called Goodreads Deals. It's an opt-in program for Goodreads members to receive emails about books going on sale. Readers do have a choice of where to purchase their books. The books are available through Amazon (Goodreads owner), Apple, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and Kobo.

Panzer says, "We knew it was going to happen. With 50 million book hungry readers, Goodreads is a cash cow for all the ebook sellers."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Goodreads

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Report Shows Inportance of Digital to Canadian Pubs - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was digging around at the Publishers' Weekly online site today. There our big bad kitty boy found an interesting post about Canadian publishers and digital books.

According to the post by Laura Godfrey, quoting from BookNet Canada's 2016 annual report, "State of Digital Publishing in Canada," digital books (ebooks) are becoming an important (albeit small) revenue stream for Canadian publishers. In 2015, 69 percent of publishers said 1 percent to 10 percent of their income was from ebooks. While sales were reportedly low for some publishers' ebooks, this was attributed to the fact they were digitally publishing older books that didn't have a market to begin with or ebooks that were done in a format readers didn't want.
A nap. That's a good use of my time.

Panzer says, "Why would you publish something nobody wants? That's just a waste of my time and yours."

Note: This a short post. A cup of tea should do it for today's reading session.

To read the post, tootle over to importance of digital

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bezos Confirms Plans for More Amazon Stores - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was jolted from his after dinner nap by the sounds of clapping hands coming from the Catosphere. Our sleepy kitty pilot pulled himself into the pilot's seat in the Panzermobile. Following all the noise took him to the Publishers' Weekly site.

According to a post there by Jim Milliot, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has confirmed the rumors that Amazon will be opening more brick and mortar stores. Mr. Bezoa did not, however, say how many new stores or where they'll be located. He made the announcement at Amazon's annual shareholders meeting. The post includes a link to a post at The Seattle Times newspaper site where you'll find more news from the annual meeting.

Back to sleep for me now.
Panzer says, "Sales at the Seattle store must be good, if he's planning more stores than just the new one in California."

Note: This is a short post, but The Seattle Times post is long. You'll only need a cup of tea, if you only plan to read the Publishers' Weekly post; however, if you plan to read The Seattle Times post as well, you'll need to add another cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon stores

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty - The Guardian

Since Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up soon and Panzer plans to participate this year, he's still searching for help with his mystery writing. Our inquisitive kitty's trip into the Catosphere today sent him in search of plotting information. His travels took him to The Guardian site and a post by John Mullan.

Plotting isn't as easy as it looks.
Mr. Mullan's post begins with an examination of British television mysteries. He then moves to novels. While the novels are categorized as "literary," there are some mystery genre novels included. He then begins doing comparisons of novels and their plots to television adaptions and their adherence to, or not of, the novel's plot. In some cases, the television adaption changes or even improves the author's plot.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... It turns out, plot is one of the most important tools a mystery writer has."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea and two muffins today.

To read the post, tootle over to plot

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways Not to Write a Mystery Novel - Anne R. Allen's Blog

On Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today he was looking for information on mystery writing. His search took him to Anne R. Allen's Blog. Our big bad kitty pilot found a guest post there by Jacqueline Diamond with information about what he was looking for. Jacqueline Diamond is the author of 101 novels published in several genres including mystery, so he couldn't wait to read what she wrote about mystery novel writing.

Plot is important.
According to the post, while researching for her newest mystery Ms. Diamond read several cozy mysteries. She discovered twelve do not do's in some of them. When writing a mystery novel these twelve were definite turn-offs for her as a reader. These do not do's run the gambit from do not have incompetent police to do not under plot to do not over plot. There are nine more she found in her research and they're all important do not do's for as writers to learn.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Pay attention ... Plotting seems to be a frequent problem in cozy mysteries."

Note: This is a long post, but worth your time. You'll need a cup of tea, a muffin, and a doughnut for today's selection.

To read the post, tootle over to mystery