Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Ellora's Cave vs Dear Author

It has been such a long day.
Panzer got a late start on today's trip into the Catosphere. But my poor little overworked kitty boy did manage to make it over to The Passive Voice site. He found an interesting post about the ongoing court fight between erotica publisher Ellora's Cave and the Dear Author blog site.

My busy kitty reporter told you about the court case in his October 3rd post. In the earlier post he explained to you that Amazon was being blamed for Ellora's Cave's financial problems.  Now, there's information on new developments in the case. The developments involve moving the case from state court to Federal Court, difficulty getting depositions and other case matters. You'll want to read the Comments section for even more information and other links.

Panzer says, "I couldn't find a mention of Amazon anywhere."

To read the full post, tootle over to Elloras Cave vs Dear Author

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Amazon debate: Amazon Critic vs Self-publishing Rock Star

Not a hiss in the bunch.
Panzer was going to stop in at Joe Konrath's blog today, but he didn't make it that far.  He made a detour to the Salon site instead. Joe Konrath and Rob Spillman were having an online debate there about Amazon.

The online debate consists of Konrath and Spillman's back and forth emails about whether Amazon is truly the evil ebook publishing empire. It delves into Jeff Bezos' admitted admiration of Sam Walton's business style and the similarities between Amazon and Walmart.

Panzer says, "These two humans actually agree that they mostly agree. Who would have believed that's possible with these two."

This is a very, very, very long post, so bring a very, very, very large cup of tea.

To read the post, tootle over to The great Amazon debate: A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground

Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Panzerism

Next time I'll tell you what I want.
Panzer on Exercise Equipment:

Mom bought me a scratching post. She said it's like her treadmill, only for cats.

Kind of silly, huh?

It doesn't have handlebars. I don't have any laundry or rain coats to hang over it.

Nope ... it's a waste of money, Mom.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Amazon To Open Pop-Up Kiosks

I didn't see that coming.
Panzer was out in the Catosphere today catching up on some of the news he missed while he didn't feel well. He found some big news for you.

Last week my big bad kitty reporter told you about the rumors Amazon was opening some brick and mortar stores. According to Tricia Duryee at the GeekWire site, that's almost true.

Amazon says they will be opening two pop-up kiosks for the holiday shopping season. One will be in a San Francisco, California, shopping mall and the second in a Sacramento, California, location. Amazon's own electronics will be available there.

Panzer says, "MeWow! I can just stroll into the Mall and buy a new Kindle!"

To read the whole post, tootle over to Amazon retail stores

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Amazon And World Domination ... Not

Finally, a human with a sense of humor.
Panzer heard about an interesting post over at the Boston Globe site. He hopped right in the Panzermobile and took a trip over there.

My bad kitty boy reporter discovered somebody like himself. Somebody who doesn't hate Jeff Bezos for starting, and now being the head, of Amazon.

It's true!

In his post Alex Beam says he not only doesn't hate Mr. Bezos, he believes Amazon has done great things for customers (readers) and writers. Mr. Beam's post also addresses the proposition that while Amazon has changed the whole publishing landscape, the change is for the better.

And, guess what ...

Amazon is not out to dominate the world.

Panzer says, "I like this guy. He has a cat's sense of humor."

To read the whole post, tootle over to Jeff Bezos

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Panzer is still feeling a little under the weather, so he only made a short trip into the Catoshere today.

Google and Amazon? Who knew?
My poor sick kitty boy did a quick stop at the Slate site. He found a post by Alison Griswold about the competition between Google and Amazon.

Goggle and Amazon are competitors now?

In what?

In search engine competition and delivery competition.

Panzer says, "Did you know about either of these?"

To read the full post, tootle over to Google Amazon competition

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Taking A Sick Day

I don't feel well. I went to the vet today and got a shot. See you tomorrow.

My tummy hurts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Write Chapter Endings That Make Readers Wan...

So exciting, you just can't stop.
Panzer stopped in at his friend Anne R. Allen's blog. He likes stopping in there because she always has such interesting posts.

Today, my big bad kitty captain found a post about turning each chapter ending into a page turner.

Page turner?

Yes. A page turner.

Get your readers to turn the page and start the next chapter.

The chapter ending is so compelling you have to know what happens next. Who cares if you have to go to work in the morning? You just have to finish this chapter ... and the next ... and the next ... until you're finished the book.

Panzer says, "I want to write books you can't put down."

You'll need a big cup of tea as this is a long post. The post opens with a contest, then continues with suggestions and tips from Jessica Bell. Ms. Bell tells you how to make you chapters grab your readers attention and not let go. The end of the post includes some writing contests too.

To read the post, tootle over to Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Write Chapter Endings That Make Readers Wan...:

Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Panzerism

Panzer on Perfection:

Mom says it's important to practice what you're good at so you can get better.

Perfection is my goal.
Okay, let's see ...

Nap Practice at 1:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 2:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 3:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at ...

Friday, October 10, 2014

What will it be?
Panzer was out in the Catosphere when he followed some news crumbs to The New York Times site.

There my big kitty boy-reporter learned that, according to a post by David Streitfield and Charles V. Bagli, there are more rumors circulating about Amazon. Now before you run away screaming, these are not bad rumors.  It's being bandied about that Amazon may be opening a bricks and mortar store in New York city. Or may be opening office space in New York city. Or may be opening a warehouse distribution center in New York city.

Panzer says, "That's the thing about rumors. There's never just one."

To read the full post, tootle over to Amazon real estate