Monday, October 22, 2018

A New Panzerism

Save your money. Read the list.
Panzer on the Kitty Toy Hall of Fame:

1. Wadded up ball of paper
2. Paper bag (Tied for Second Place)
2. Cardboard box (Tied for Second Place)
3. Shadows on the wall
4. Grape
5. Fly *



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, October 19, 2018

Scribd, 'New York Times' Team to Offer Joint Subscription - Publishers Weekly

Panzer decided to make a short trip to the Publishers Weekly site. Digging around in the posts our energetic kitty found one about Scribd and The New York Times newspaper.

According to Calvin Reid, Scribd and The New York Times are forming a subscription service. Scribd is a  subscription service with ebooks, audio books and periodicals. Scribd will now offer access to The New York Times (NYT.com) and NYT.com will offer access to Scribd's ebooks, audio books and periodicals. The joint subscription service will cost $12.99. For regular Scribd subscribers who don't want access to The New York Time the cost will stay at $8.99.

Guess they just don't like black cats.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Scribd is one of the places Smashwords distributes my ebooks to, but I've never had any readers there."

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 Scribd

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was shaken from his nap by the sound of shouting and yelling coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile our brave kitty boy followed all the noise to the Publishers Weekly site. There he discovered a post about the merger of the Random House Publishing Group and Crown Publishing Group are merging.

According to John Maher, in a letter to employees US CEO Madeline McIntosh announced the merger of Random House Publishing Group and Crown Publishing Group. The merger will create one super-sized publishing group. For now Random House Publishing Group and Crown Publishing Group will each keep their name.

Back to something important. A nap.
Panzer says, "Is there such a thing as too big in publishing?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Random House and Crown merger

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with brighter six-inch screen: You can pre-order today - TeleRead

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by cheering and clapping. Following all the hullabaloo took our inquisitive kitty boy to the TeleRead site. With no digging at all he discovered a post about Amazon's newest Kindle Paperwhite was causing all the noise.

Dead battery? Makes a good doorstop.
According to David Rothman, Amazon has announced their new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order. The new Paperwhite will start shipping on November 7. Prices range from $129.99 for the basic model to $249.99 for the top of the line model. The new Paperwhite has a six-inch scratch resistant screen and is waterproof. The post includes a link to the Amazon store for more information and to place a pre-order.

Panzer says, "Umm ... The charger is an extra $20.00? What good is it without the charger?"

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link in the post, bring an extra half a muffin.

To read the post tootle over to Kindle Paperwhite

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

B&N Press Now Offers Print Pre-Order, ARC Sales - The Digital Reader

On today's trip into the Catosphere Panzer decided to stop in at The Digital Reader site. With a little digging around in the posts there our inquisitive kitty boy found one about the new features at Barnes and Noble's  B&N Press.
This needs looking into.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Barnes and Noble has added some new features to their publishing arm. Authors can now offer their print books for pre-order, order advance copies and have one free correction for their print book files. The post quotes an email sent to users who publish their print books through Barnes and Noble Press. The post includes a link to the original email.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks it sounds like Barnes and Noble is making some needed changes to their publishing operations to be more in line with Amazon's KDP."

Note: This is a short post. Bring half a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link in the post, bring the other half cup of tea.

To read the post tootle over to B and N Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on deep thinking:

From my kitty perspective ...

close to the floor as I usually am ...

What's His Name seems pretty short-sighted.

He doesn't think things through to the end result.

I heard him telling Mom about this artificial intelligence thingy.

He said with intelligence comes art and humor.

Now, I ask you ...

Why does Mom listen to him?
 Is he really ready for an intelligent litter box with a sense of humor?

And ...

What would an intelligent, humorous litter box use as an artistic medium?





Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Number of Self-Published Titles Cracked 1 Million in 2017 - 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 in the posts there our adventurous kitty boy found one about ISBNs.

According to Jim Milliot, Bowker, the dispenser of ISBNs, has issued their annual report for 2017. The report lists print book ISBNs issued as 879,587 and ebook ISBNs issued as 129,601 for a total of 1,009,188 for the year. While ISBNs issued can be used to estimate the number of self-published books, it's not a totally accurate number. The ISBN numbers don't include Amazon's ASIN numbers for books published through KDP. The post does give information about ISBNs through CreateSpace (which is now gone), Lulu, Smashwords, and Author Solutions all of whose ISBN numbers are included in Bowker's total.
Everybody wants to write a book.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... What's a little kitty to do. The book publishing competition just keeps growing and growing."

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

To read the post tootle over to self-published titles

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Indigo Books and Music Opens First US Bookstore - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering and oohhing and aahhing. Following all the hullabaloo took our intrepid kitty traveler to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all he found a post about Indigo Books and Music.

How will they do in the U.S.?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Canadian bookseller Indigo Books and Music has opened the company's first U.S. store. The new store opened in Short Hills, New Jersey. Indigo stores sell more than books and call the stores "cultural department stores." In addition to books, the U.S. store will sell toys, home decor and life style products.  There will also be a cafe. Indigo plans 3 to 5 more U.S. The post includes a link to an announcement about the new store's opening.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Indigo does sound like a department store to this little kitty."

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

To read the post tootle over to Indigo Books and Music

Monday, October 8, 2018

A New Panzerism

Me-OW, OW, OW
Panzer on kitty treats:

Today I went to the vet to get my annual vaccinations.

I'd like her better, if she handed out catnip-flavored lollipops to whoever has been a big brave kitty. *



* From Cat Wisdom for humans   

Panzer really did go to the vet today.

Friday, October 5, 2018

B&N Considering a Sale - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all our furry kitty boy found a post about the possible sale of Barnes and Noble.

According to Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble is open to the sale of the company. Yesterday, Panzer told you about the possible sale news. Jim Milliot's Publishers Weekly post is an expansion of the information in yesterday's Chicago Business Journal post. Without naming any entity Barnes and Noble says "multiple parties" are interested in buying the company. It's also reported Chairman Leonard Riggio is also interested in buying the company. The post includes links to other posts about the possible Barnes and Noble sale.
Why sell? They're opening new stores.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wants to know who these unnamed possible interested buyers are?"

Note: This is a medium-length post. Bring a cup of tea and a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to  Barnes and Noble

To read yesterday's post tootle over to Barnes and Noble sale

 

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