Thursday, February 23, 2017

Draft2Digital is Adding Kobo Plus as a Distribution Option, But Not Smashwords - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer's quiet trip in the Catosphere was interrupted by clapping and shouting. Following all the noise took our intrepid kitty explorer to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Kobo Plus. Panzer told you about Kobo's new subscription service yesterday.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Draft2Digital (D2D) has a new distribution agreement with Kobo Plus. D2D's authors' Dutch language ebooks will be distributed to Kobo Plus. Until this agreement between D2D and Kobo Plus books were required to be published via Kobo Writing Life. D2D is an ebook distribution service similar to Smashwords. The Digital Reader post states Smashwords' Mark Coker said they will not be extending distribution to Kobo Plus.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe I should find a translator and use Draft2Digital."
Indie publishing is always changing.

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

To read Panzer's post about Kobo Plus, tootle over to Kobo subscription service

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kobo Has New Dutch Subscription Service - Kobo

Panzer was tootling around the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Kobo site. There our traveling kitty pilot discovered Kobo has opened an ebook subscription service.

It was worth the trip ... I think.
According to the landing page, Kobo and online bookseller Bol.com have a new Dutch ebook subscription service. The service is called Kobo Plus. For a monthly fee you get unlimited reading. The landing page has a 30 day free trial sign-up link on it.

Panzer says, "Umm ... The landing page is in English ... but ... when I clicked the FAQs link for more info ... this little kitty needed a translator."

Note: This is a landing page with a lot of information. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the page, tootle over to Kobo Plus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Amazon Introduces Latest Generation Fire TV Stick in the UK, Germany and Japan - Business Wire

Maybe I can get some sleep now.
Panzer had just settled down for his evening nap when he was shaken awake by cheering and clapping coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile, our adventuresome kitty hit the jets. Following the cacophony took him to the Business Wire site. There he found a press release from Amazon.

According to the release, Amazon has announced the upcoming release of a new generation Fire TV stick in the UK, Germany and Japan. The new stick is 30 percent faster than the previous version. Fire TV offers a variety of movies, TV show episodes and apps. The new Fire TV stick is available for pre-order now in all three countries. The post includes links to the press release in each country.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! Thirty percent faster!"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Fire TV

This year's Nebula nominees are incredibly diverse - read some online - The Verge

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our big kitty boy went to The Verge site. There he found a post about the Nebula Awards.

According to the post by Andrew Liptak, the 2016 Nebula Award nominees were announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Nebula conference. The conference will be May 18 - 21 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The post includes several links to the nominated works.

I know what I'll be doing tonight.
Panzer says,"Umm ... A nice fire in the fireplace, a bowl of milk and Mom's tablet to read the nominees. That's this kitty's idea of a fun evening."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. Bring a thermos of tea and half-a-dozen muffins if you plan to read the nominees.

To read the post, tootle over to 2016 Nebula Award nominations

Monday, February 20, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on jokes:

Panzer: Knock. Knock.
Mom: Hmmm.
Panzer: Knock. Knock.
Mom: Hmmm. What?

Panzer: I say, Knock. Knock. and You say, Who's there?
There's a first time for everything.

Mom: Okay. Knock. Knock.
Panzer: Who's there?
Mom: It's me, Mom. You've known me your whole life, Panzer.

Panzer: What? Wait! I mean, what? Hey! What happened?



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, February 17, 2017

Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students - No Shelf Required

Today, Panzer made a long trip into the Catosphere. Our brave kitty went all the way to the No Shelf Required site. With a little digging he found a post about a free etextbook service available at Western Sydney University.

According to the post at No Shelf Required, every first year student at Western Sydney University now has free access to etextbooks for their classes. The etextbooks are made available to the students through ProQuest. The etestbooks can be used anywhere, so students can download them to their tablets or smartphones. The program was instituted to help control the costs of attending the University. The post includes information from the Western Sydney University website and information supplied by ProQuest.
I can go there right now.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! Free etextbooks? I wonder ... Would they accept an American kitty as a student?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wharton Uses Zola's Everywhere Store to Launch Online Bookstore - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere today when the Panzermobile was buffeted by a chorus of oohing and aahing. Following all the noise took our adventurous kitty to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Zola's Everywhere Store.

According to the post by Andrew Albanese, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has opened their Zola's Everywhere Store. Books by Wharton Digital Press authors and Wharton School faculty will be available for purchase through the online store. Zola's Everywhere Store is a widget authors and publishers can use by putting the code on their website. Once the code is inserted, the store is functioning. The widget is free, but Zola's receives a portion of each sale. There's a link included in the post to the Zola's site.

Hmm ... Should I try it?
Panzer says, "This little kitty followed the link to Zola's site. There's some interesting information and profit charts at Zola's site."

Note: This is a shortish-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to Zola's site too, bring an extra muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Zola's Everywhere Store

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

KDP Print Enters Public Beta - The Digital Reader

Who prints the books?
Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all our kitty boy found a post about Amazon's KDP Print platform.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, Amazon has opened the KDP Print platform to everyone. Currently, the new KDP Print platform does not offer the same options as Amazon's CreateSpace (CS) print platform. Author proof copies are one of the options not available, which means authors will not be able to see what their books look like before they're sold through Amazon. Be sure to read the Comments Section.

Panzer says, "This kitty is staying with CreateSpace for now. I want to okay my proof copies. But ... Maybe ... Amazon is going to close CreateSpace. Why? There have been some complaints about CreateSpace ... And ... Maybe ... Amazon doesn't want to be part of those complaints. "

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

To read the post, tootle over to KDP Print

Monday, February 13, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on showing love on Valentine's Day:

I gave Mom a dead mouse today.

I left it on her pillow, so she'd see it when she woke up.

Then ...

She let What's His Name have it.
That really hurts. *

and ...

he threw it in the garbage can outside.

Humans just don't know the value of love gifts.



*From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, February 10, 2017

Amazon 'hunting for high street sites in London' - The Bookseller

Today, Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere. Our adventurous kitty stopped in at The Bookseller site. There he found a post about Amazon's rumored foray into the U.K.

A mouse, a bug, some catnip ...
According to the post by The Bookseller's staff, Amazon is looking at expanding its physical presence to London. Quoting from a post on the Sunday Times site, The Bookseller reports Amazon is looking for a location for one of their Amazon Go grocery stores. Patrons of the Amazon Go store give Amazon access to purchasing information as they shop in the store. When they exit the store the money for their purchases is automatically deducted from their account. There is no mention of a bricks-and-mortar book store. A link is included in The Bookseller post to the Sunday Times post.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Do you really want everybody to know what you eat?"

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you follow the link to the Sunday Times, add a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

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