Friday, August 17, 2018

Black Cat Appreciation Day


Happy 
 
Black Cat Appreciation Day
 
From Panzer the Cat



Amazon to Open Two Bookstores in Denver, Could Buy a Movie Theater Chain - The Digital Reader

Two bookstores in one city.
Panzer had hardly gotten into the Catosphere today when the Panzermobile was buffeted and shaken by the sounds of clapping and cheering. Following all the noise took our brave kitty to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all he found the post causing all the excitement was about Amazon Books bookstores.

In the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder Panzer learned Amazon is apparently opening two new bookstores in Denver, Colorado. According to the post, one will be in the Parks Meadow mall and one in Cherry Creek. These will be bricks and mortar Amazon Books bookstores. That means the stores will probably follow the other Amazon Books bookstores' layout of bestselling and most popular reader-favorite books and e-devices only.  Also included in the post is information about Amazon's possible acquisition of the Landmark Theaters chain. There are links to the posts where the information about the new bookstores and the movie theater acquisition information came from.

Panzer says, "Movie theaters? ... Hmm ... Maybe Amazon will start a movie production company. ... And I know exactly where they could get some stories about the adventures of a cute little crime-solving kitty."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Thursday, August 16, 2018

'Doesn't believe in contracts': Literary agent sues bestselling author - The Sydney Herald

Today, Panzer took a long leisurely trip in the Catosphere. When he started looking for a place to land the Panzermobile he chose The Sydney Herald site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about bestselling Australian author Kate Morton.

According to the post by Angus Thompson, bestselling Australian author Kate Morton is being sued for breach of contract by her former Australian agent. Although they worked together starting in 1999, Kate Morton and the agent, Selwa Anthony, didn't have a signed contract until 2005 when her first novel sold. Their author-agent relationship continued until 2015 when Selwa Anthony was fired. Since Kate Morton now lives in England she has an agent there. Ms. Anthony says she should be receiving a 15 percent commission on royalties from any books she sold for Ms. Morton for as long as the books are on the market. Ms. Morton says she did not understand the contract she signed that way and thought the 15 percent commission was only for her advances on the books. This is a complicated case. Kate Morton has filed a counter-suit which adds to the complications.
My head hurts after reading all that.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty says an author should never, never sign any contract they don't understand and it should be re-examined periodically. Also, an author should get an attorney to explain it to them. Don't ask the agent who wants you to sign it to explain it to you."

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 bestselling author Kate Morton

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BenBella Partners with Bestselling Author on E-series - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity took our inquisitive kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he found a post about Homer the blind cat.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, bestselling author Gwen Cooper has entered into an agreement with BenBella Books.  Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat, is starting a short story subscription service called Curl Up With a Cat Tale. The service will provide a series of short stories. Six of those stories plus two new ones will be gathered together and published in hardback. There's also an audio book planned.
A service for cat stories? Mom, I want one.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Subscription Service. Short stories. Ebooks. Hardback. Audio book. That's an interesting idea."

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 Gwen Cooper



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Reverberations Continue in Donadio & Olson Embezzlement Scandal - Publishers Weekly

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around in the posts our intrepid kitty reporter found a post about the Donadio and Olson literary agency bookkeeper scandal.

He did it for seven years?
According to Rachel Deahl, the Donadio and Olson literary agency's bookkeeper was just convicted of embezzling from the agency and it's authors. Darrin Webb, the bookkeeper, pleaded guilty to embezzling $3.3 million over seven years. The bookkeeper did this by altering authors' royalty statements and not sending checks based on those statements or altering the statements to show lesser amounts owed and then sending checks for the lesser amount or by not sending royalty statements or checks at all. Apparently, the bookkeeper was able to do this because no one was checking his work. A lawyer is now involved on behave on some of the authors to try to determine what the authors' options are. Included in the post are some things authors who use literary agencies can do to protect themselves from fraud.

Panzer says, "This little kitty would never trust anyone else to be in charge of his finances."

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

To read the post tootle over to Donadio embezzlement

Monday, August 13, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat superiority:

One of Mom's friends brought over her new baby today.

Mom and her friend were making all kinds of disgusting noises at the baby.

Then they put the baby on the couch and took this thingie called a diaper off it.

Mom's friend said she couldn't wait to potty train the baby so it could use the toilet.

That got me thinking.

I've seen lots of kittens in my life ...

But ...

Kitten. Diaper. That would be a sight to see.
I've never seen one in a diaper or on a potty seat.

No training needed.

Kittens go straight to the litter box.

 Yet more proof we're just born superior.





Saturday, August 11, 2018

Pirating on CreateSpace - Publishers Weekly (PW)


There's all kinds of ways to scam authors.
Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. With a little digging around our persistent kitty found a post about CreateSpace.

According to Kenny Brechner, book pirates have been using CreateSpace to print and distribute their stolen books. Mr. Brechner owns a bookstore in Maine and learned about the scam from an author who came into his bookstore. The author's book had been scanned and then printed and distributed through CreateSpace. Upon investigation Mr. Brechner found examples of other stolen books. All the books listed the same pirate named Cecil Eckar as the author. The post includes screen shots showing examples of the pirated books.

Panzer says, "Amazon needs to have better screening for copyright infringement in place at CreateSpace."

Note: Because of the screenshots illustrating the post, 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 Create Space

Friday, August 10, 2018

Indie Authors' Audiobooks Are/Were Getting Dragooned Into Kindle Unlimited Without Permission or Payment - The Digital Reader

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about audio books on Kindle Unlimited.

How do suppose that happened?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, indie authors have been finding their Audible audio books on Kindle Unlimited (KU). The audio books were included in KU without the authors' permission or knowledge. It also turns out KU has no way to track audio books to pay the authors. Indie authors have been contacting Amazon for three months. Finally, Amazon says it was a glitch that's now been resolved; however, there doesn't appear to be any mention of the money indie authors would be owed for the use of audio books while in KU.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... What computer decided to put audio books into KU without permission?"

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 Kindle Unlimited

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Investments Led to Higher Loss at Indigo - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard crying and wailing. Following all the noise took our brave kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Indigo Books and Music.
It's just a little loss.

According to Jim Milliot, Indigo Books and Music has announced their quarterly sales and revenue figures. While Indigo's same store sales for the quarter were up over last year, revenue was down. The revenue loss was due to store closures and renovation of others. Indigo expects revenue to increase going forward.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Closing the under performing stores makes sense to this little kitty."

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

To read the post tootle over to Indigo

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy International Cat Day



Happy International Cat Day!

Or As Panzer Likes To Say

World (Domination) Cat Day










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