Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Supreme Court Divided on Sales Taxes for Online Purchases - New York Times

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the New York Times site. There our adventuresome kitty pilot found a post about the Supreme Court's deliberations about internet sales taxes.

According to the post by Adam Liptak, the U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in the case of states having the ability to collect internet sales taxes from companies not located (do not have a presence) within their borders. It appears from the questions and statements made by the justices during the presentation of evidence that they are divided on the issue. The case before the Supreme Court involves the state of South Dakota vs. Wayfair. South Dakota wants Wayfair to collect sales taxes on all online purchases made by state residents. The company would then give the sales tax money to the state. If the justices agree with South Dakota, all online businesses would be required to follow the new law. The post does state Amazon has nothing to do with the case as the company already collects state's sales taxes and pays the money to the states.
Just thinking about it makes me tired.

Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks this could cause a lot of trouble for small internet companies if they have to collect taxes for all fifty states."

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 Supreme Court Justices

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

In Celebration of World Book Day, AmazonCrossing Aims to Connect One Million Readers with Kindle Books in Translation - Press Release

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our brave kitty boy pilot to the Amazon press room. With no digging at all he discovered a post about AmazonCrossing.

According to the press release, Amazon's book translation arm AmazonCrossing is celebrating World Book Day. Beginning April 17 and ending April 24, Amazon is making nine translated ebooks available free to U.S. residents. There is one ebook each from Korea, Greece, Sweden, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Indonesia, Spain and Chile. The genres include literary fiction, historical, mystery, memoir, and psychological thriller. The press release includes a link to a site where all nine ebooks are available to download. After the information about the World Book Day ebooks, there's the usual information about Amazon.
I didn't know they could do that.

Panzer says, "The download site includes a pages read counter. This little kitty finds it a little scary Amazon can track how many pages you're reading in your book."

Note: This is a short-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the press release tootle over to AmazonCrossing

Monday, April 16, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on music to a lady cat's ears:

It's that time of year again.

Spring time.

And you have all heard the boy cats howling on the night time breeze. Right?

This year I'm learning to yodel.
Yeah, okay, so ... lots of boy cats can do this.

Adding one more cat's voice is pointless.

So ...

I'm not joining in their yowling this Spring.



Friday, April 13, 2018

Barnes & Noble must face renewed data breach lawsuit: U.S. appeals court - Reuters

Mom is still feeling a little sick today, so Panzer's trip into the Catosphere was a quick one. Our speedy kitty pilot made a stop at the Reuters site. With just a little digging he found a post about Barnes and Noble.

We need to watch this case.
According to the post by Jonathan Stempel, Barnes and Noble is headed back to court to defend the company against a case seeking restitution for a customer data breach. The data breach involved stolen credit and debit card information at Barnes and Noble stores. A U.S. appeals court has ruled a lower court judge mistakenly disallowed the case; so, the Barnes and Noble customer case has been referred back to the lower court.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks it's a good thing Mom only pays cash for everything she buys."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sick Days

Panzer here. Mom didn't post yesterday or today because she doesn't feel well. She's hoping to feel better tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kobo and Fnac Team up with telco Orange France to expand audiobook and ebook reach - The New Publishing Standard

Today, Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our intrepid kitty pilot to The New Publishing Standard site. With no digging at all he found a post about Kobo.

According to The New Publishing Standard post by Mark Williams, Kobo's partnership with French ebook and audiobook distributor Fnac and Fnac's partnership with French telco Orange just got bigger. Last year's free distribution of digital comics has come to an end to be replaced by the distribution of Kobo ebooks and audiobooks to Orange. The ebooks and audiobooks will be available by either a monthly subscription service or individual stand-alone purchases. The new service will be available on Orange beginning on May 17 and continue until January 31, 2019.

Kobo distributes my ebooks.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Which country is after France for Kobo?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Kobo

Monday, April 9, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on having a broken heart:

I was certain, absolutely certain, that Mitzi was the love of my life.

I couldn't eat or sleep because of my sweet, sweet Mitzi.

Well ... Maybe ... I could sleep a little bit.

And ... Maybe .. I could eat a little bit.

But ... She was my sweet little Mitzi.

Then ... Mom explained that Mitzi is a toy poodle.

I was shocked, I tell you. Shocked from my claw tips to my fuzzy ear hairs.
Yuck ... Dog hair.

And my heart may never mend.

But ...

I did think she smelled kind of funny.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Kindle Create Now Available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish - The Digital Reader

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our speedy kitty made a stop at The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Amazon's Kindle Create.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon's Kindle Create can now be used by authors with documents in six new languages. The new additional languages are Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Amazon Kindle Create is used  to format a document before it's published to the Kindle store. Kindle Create will generate the Table of Contents for the ebook and other formatting steps. It will also give the author the ability to see how the ebook will look on different devices. The post is predominately an Amazon announcement about the upgraded Kindle Create. There's a link near the end of the quote to the Kindle Create site.
Formatting gives me a headache.

Panzer says, "Using Kindle Create keeps the author from getting one star reviews because of poor formatting."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to the Kindle Create site, bring a muffin too.


To read the post tootle over to Kindle Create

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Barnes & Noble Launches Browsery™ — The First Mobile App to Talk About Books the Way Readers Do - Business Wire

Panzer had barely woken up from his afternoon nap when he heard oohing and aahing coming from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile he followed all the noise to the Business Wire site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble's new Browsery mobile app.

According to Business Wire, Barnes and Noble has a mobile app for their book customers named Browsery. Browsery users can discuss their book recommendations with each other, post book questions and answers, post author questions, and make book purchases. The app is available for Android and iOS devices. It's available for download at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It's free to download and use. If you go almost to the end of the post, you'll find links to Barnes and Noble's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Want to ask this kitty author questions?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Sounds like a fun way to talk about books with your friends."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble Launches Browsery™ — The First Mobile App to Talk About Books the Way Readers Do | Business Wire:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Amazon is Shutting Down Its Crowd-Sourcing Platform, Kindle Scout - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when all of a sudden the Panzermobile was buffeted by crying and screaming. When our brave kitty boy got control of the Panzermobile again, he followed all the noise to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all he discovered a post about the Kindle Scout platform was causing all the mayhem.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nat Hoffelder, Amazon announced through an email that it's shutting down the Kindle Scout platform. Mr. Hoffelder's post includes an email Amazon sent to Kindle Scout voters about the platform's closure. Kindle Scout is/was a site where authors could submit their manuscripts and people could read and vote for the one they would like to see published.  Effective April 3 the platform won't accept any new submissions or voter/members. Once all the voting is finished on current submissions the site will shut down.
Mom found out from somebody else's  site.

Panzer says, "Mom is a Kindle Scout voter. Why didn't she get an email saying KS is closing down?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon Kindle Scout

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