Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NAFTA's cultural exception top priority for Canada heading into negotiations - Quill & Quire

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Quill and Quire site. There our inquisitive kitty found a post about Canada's plans for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation with the United States and Mexico.

According to Sue Carter's post, renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico will begin on August 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Among other issues Canada will be addressing their cultural exemption in the agreement. As explained in the post, the cultural exemption protects Canada's publishing and broadcasting industries. The Canadian publishing industry earns $53 million from sales to the U.S. which the industry would like to protect. Since there is no trade deficit with the U.S. concerning books, it's believed the cultural exemption will be allowed to remain unchanged. There's more information about Canada's plans for the renegotiation and links included in the post.
NAFTA? That's a funny words.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty didn't know there was a cultural exemption in NAFTA for Canadian books."

Note: This is a longish post. Bring a b-i-g cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HarperCollins Gets Global and Physical - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around our kitty pilot found a post about HarperCollins' financial reports.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, HarperCollins' (HC) fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. HC reported a $10 million decline in sales. Although the company reported a decline in ebook sales, there were gains in both print book sales and audio book sales. These were enough for the company to show a 7.5 percent increase over the 2016 fiscal year. HC reports it plans to expand the company's global book sales in the coming year.

I've got a lot to think about after my nap.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Ebook sales down ... Audio book sales up ... Maybe this little kitty needs to look into that market."

Note: This is a medium size post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to HarperCollins

Monday, August 14, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on listening and learning:

I think What's His Name must be part cat ...

Because ...

This morning I saw him looking in the bathroom mirror ...
But ... My ear fuzz is cuter than his.

And ...

Then I heard him tell Mom ...

He's got hair growing out of his ears.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Speaking Up to Windows 10 - The New York Times

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The New York Times site. With a little digging around in the Personal Tech section posts there, our adventuresome kitty found a post about Windows 10.

According to a post in the Tech Tip column by J.D. Biersdorfer, Windows 10 has a speech recognition feature included in it. Speech recognition allows you to dictate your manuscript to your word processing program. Training on how to setup and use the feature is also included. The post has instructions about how to access the speech recognition feature and train it to recognize your voice. There are links to other information included in the post.

Listen to me ... Me-ow ... Me-ow.
Panzer says, "This little kitty wonders how long it will take to teach it to recognize cat speech."

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

To read the post tootle over to Windows 10

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

World's Highest-Paid Authors 2017: J.K. Rowling Leads With $95 Million - Forbes

Panzer was shaken awake from his nap by clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile our speedy little kitty boy headed out to see what all the noise was about. He soon discovered a post at the Forbes site about Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

According to Hayley C. Cuccinello, it's official. With $95 million in author earnings over the past 12 months J.K. Rowling is the highest paid author in the entire world. Ms. Rowling even bested James Patterson and Stephen King for the title. About halfway through the post is a gallery of photos with descriptions of the highest paid authors. Included in the descriptions is the amount each author tallied for the year. When you first arrive at the Forbes site there is an advertisement. After the ad is finished click the > button to go to the post.

Now back to what's important. My naps.
Panzer says, "$95 million in one year? All I can say is meWOW! That will buy a lot of kitty treats."

Note: This is a longish-medium post. Bring two cups of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to J.K. Rowling

Bought a PDF From Kobo? It's Going Away After 1 November - The Digital Reader

Panzer is still recovering from yesterday's catnip partying to celebrate International Cat Day. He was just tootling around in the Catosphere nursing his kitty headache, when his poor kitty ears were assailed by growling and hissing.  To quiet the noise he followed it to The Digital Reader site. There he discovered a post about Kobo was the cause of all the hullabaloo.

Did you know?
According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Kobo will no longer support PDF books effective November 1. Kobo posted on their site that they will try to provide past PDF purchasers with EPUB versions of their PDFs. If that's not possible, the purchasers downloading of the PDFs will be necessary.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty didn't even know he could get PDFs from Kobo."

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

To read the post tootle over to  Kobo PDFs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

International Cat Day

Happy International Cat Day!
From Me and Mom
Oh, yeah ... and What's His Name


Okay. I'm happy. Can't you tell?

Monday, August 7, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat decorum:

Humans spend entirely too much time disciplining cats.

What's His Name is always ordering me around

Well ... I decided he should have the same rules as me:

Like ...

"Get off the chair..."

"Get off the keyboard ..."
Same rules. Seems fair to me.

"Get off the couch ..."

Oh, yeah ...

And ...

"Get off Mom's bed."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales Up 25% to $38.0 Billion - Press Release

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Amazon news room site. There our traveling kitty boy found a post with interesting information about Amazon.

According to the press release, Amazon's 2017 second quarter net sales were up 25 percent to $38 billion over 2016 second quarter net sales of $30.4 billion. Also included in the beginning of the post are income figures, cash flow figures and stock figures. Below that is the Highlights section which includes what Amazon (and this little kitty) considers it's most important activities for the period. Included in this section are Amazon Video's 16 Emmy award nominations, Prime Day sales, Prime membership increase numbers, Amazon's charitable contributions, Echo news, Alexa news, and much more.
Just reading about it makes me tired.

Panzer says, "There's also news about Amazon's completed expansions and proposed expansions."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon sales

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Draft2Digital Now Distributes to Overdrive - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer needed to get the Panzermobile into the repair shop to get the oil changed. So our kitty pilot made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Draft2Digital.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Draft2Digital has announced a new distribution agreement with Overdrive. Draft2Digital is a distribution service similar to Smashwords. Indie authors can use Draft2Digital (D2D) to distribute their ebooks and audio books to various online retailers. Overdrive distributes ebooks to libraries and schools. With D2D's new agreement indie authors will now have access to the 38,000 libraries and schools in Overdrive's distribution channels. There's a link included in the post to D2D's announcement about Overdrive.
D2D just keeps expanding services.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Maybe, this little kitty needs to check out all of Draft2Digital's distribution channels."

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

To read the post tootle over to Draft2Digital Overdrive distribution

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