Friday, July 29, 2016

Coloring Books For Adults Stay Hot - Publishers' Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere this afternoon took him to the Publishers' Weekly site. There our free-roaming kitty found a post about adult coloring books.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, all of the print book sales were up by 12 percent from January 2016 through June 2016 over the same period in 2015. The increase in sales was due largely because of adult coloring book sales. The crafts and hobbies category was up by 133 percent because of adult coloring books. There is more information in the post about other categories of books with both increased and decreased sales figures for the time period.
Mom! Where are your colored pencils?

Panzer says, "Hmmm ,,, I'd buy a coloring book with adult girl kitties to color."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for your reading today.

To read the post, tootle over to Coloring Books

Free Windows 10 upgrades end tomorrow (today) - The Verge

You're never happy with what you have.
When Panzer went into the Catosphere today, he found a post by Tom Warren he missed yesterday at The Verge site about Windows 10.

Since this is yesterday's post, it's actually today that is the last day to download and install Windows 10 for free.

Panzer says, "Why do humans have to fix stuff that isn't broken?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Windows 10

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers? - NPR

Humans will buy anything.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he found an interesting post about serialized fiction at the NPR site.

The post by Lynn Neary is about a new publishing service called Serial Box. The service doesn't publish books, they publish "episodes" of books for subscribers. The company does not want the "episodes" called chapters. According to the post, the book is plotted out and then broken into sections. The sections are the "episodes." The post states the "episodes" are published over 10 to 16 weeks depending on the story's length.

Panzer says, "You humans have to read the Comments Section at the end to really understand the post."

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

To read the post, tootle over to serialized fiction

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Trade Sales Mixed in February - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Where is publishing going?
Today, Panzer stopped in at the Publishers' Weekly site. After just a little digging he found a post about book sales in January and February of 2016.

The post by Jim Milliot is quoting from the latest release from the Association of American Publishers about the figures collected from book stores for the February sales figures. According to those figures children's and young adult book sales were up. Adult book sales (including ebooks), however, were down, except for audio books. The post includes the amount sales have increased or dropped for each category in January and February 2016 and has a comparison to the January and February 2015 sales.

Panzer says, "Like I said yesterday, I need to do an audio book."

Note: This is a short-medium post. A cup of tea and a muffin should do for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to book sales figures

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Fastest Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks - The Wall Street Journal

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Wall Street Journal site. There our adventuresome kitty reporter found a post about audiobooks.

According to the post by Jennifer Maloney, audiobook sales are skyrocketing in the United States and Canada. Combined their sales of audiobooks are up 21 percent in 2015 over 2014. Smartphone users are a big driver behind the sales, especially with the availability of cars with built-in Smartphone connection capabilities. The availability of audiobooks through subscription services like Scribd also help propel sales as well. The post includes a lot of information about audiobooks with quotes, statistics and numbers.

I can do that. I have a good voice.
Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Maybe I need to do an audiobook of Cat Wisdom for Humans."

Note: This is a h-u-m-u-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermoses of tea, two dozen muffins and a sleeping bag (for a nap in the middle).

To read the post, tootle over to audiobooks

Monday, July 25, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the male ego:

Mom told me it's that time of year again ...

When male cats are supposed to fight other cats ...

To show the girl cats what brave boys they are.

Well ...

Losing fights this week ...
Hey! They're tougher than they look.

To ...

Susie, Missy and Miss Fluff-Fluff

Has not improved my status with them one iota.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Google Play Books v 3.9 Tells You When There's a New Addition to the Series You're Reading - The Digital Reader

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. While there our speedy kitty made a stop at The Digital Reader site. At the site he found a post about a Google app.

According to the post by Nate Hoffelder, The Google Android app alerts users to new ebooks in series they're reading. If you're interested in more about Google Play Books, there are links at the bottom of the post to two other posts about the app.
You learn something new every day.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... I knew Google had an ebook store, but I didn't know they had an app for your phone."

Note: This is a very short post. (In fact, the title is basically all that's in the post.) Bring half a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Google

Friday, July 22, 2016

How Amazon's team of old-school book reviewers influences what we read - The State

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The State site. There our intrepid information hunting kitty reporter found a post by Angel Gonzalez about Amazon.

Who knew? They're actual humans.
According to the post Amazon has an editorial team of book reviewers. Don't confuse these book reviewers with the customer reviewers of purchased books. They are totally different. The Amazon editorial review team consists of Amazon employees. The team mostly focuses their reading an reviewing on traditionally published books. Each team member does 10 book reviews per month. The team is responsible for the Amazon Book Review and the monthly and annual best reads lists. There appears to be some disagreement over whether being picked by the editorial team is responsible for helping a book's sales or not. There is a lot more information about the editorial review team and how it works contained in the post.

Panzer says, "Did you know Amazon had an editorial book review team? And that they're humans? I sure didn't."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Thursday, July 21, 2016

George RR Martin's teenage fan letter to Stan Lee: "A masterpiece with one flaw" - The Guardian

I wouldn't do that.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard giggling and chortling. Following the laughter took our inquisitive kitty to The Guardian site.  There he found a post about George R. R. Martin, one of his favorite authors.

The post by Sian Cain is about a letter then 16-year-old George R.R. Martin sent to Stan Lee about a 1964 issue of the Fantastic Four Marvel Comics. The letter and the response were published in a subsequent issue. In his letter  Mr. Martin tells Mr. Lee how great the comic is, but then he points out a problem with the plot. Mr. Lee doesn't mince words. He tells the teenager that he is right. There is indeed a plot problem.

Panzer says, "Boy, he was one brave kid to do that."

Note: This is a shortish post. A cup of tea should be enough for today's read.

To read the post, tootle over to George R. R. Martin

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One Free Book Every Month: Announcing the Tor.com eBook Club - Tor.com

Missed July. There's always August.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today when he made a stop at the Tor.com site. There our adventuresome exploring kitty boy found a post about their new free ebook club.

According to the post, the site will be giving away one free sci-fi/fantasy ebook per month. They will pick the new ebook for the free offer. At the beginning of each month an email will be sent listing the ebook and when it can be downloaded. The post does say there will be question and answer sessions with the ebook's author, too. You can signup for the club now, but July's download date has already passed. So, there won't be another free ebook until August 1.

Panzer says, "Sorry ... At the site it says U.S. and Canada residents only."

Note: This is a longish post. A cup of tea and three cookies (biscuits) should be enough for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to free book

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