Friday, August 7, 2020

Smashwords Author Day, Spring 2020 Now Online - Smashwords Blog

Today Panzer made a trip to the Smashwords Blog site. Smashwords is an ebook distributor. Our kitty author uses Smashwords to distribute his ebooks to Kobo, Barnes and Noble and other ebook retailers. With no digging in the posts at Smashwords Panzer found one about the Smashwords Author Day.

There's a lot to think about in there.
According to the post by Smashwords founder Mark Coker, there was a Smashwords Author Day on April 18. Smashwords Marketing Director Jim Azevedo did a five and a half hour workshop for authors on that day. The videos of the entire workshop are posted on the blog site. There are also links to watch it on YouTube or the Smashwords Author Day page at the Smashwords site. All three viewing sites offer the option to watch the entire workshop in a five and one half hour video titled "Introduction" or to watch each workshop session in an approximately one hour+ separate video. The videos cover trends in indie publishing, marketing, ebook launches and more.

Panzer says, "This little kitty watched the individual workshop videos, not the great big long one."

Note: This is a long, long, long video series. You might want to watch each individual session, so you can take a break in between and have a cup of tea and a muffin after each one.

To watch the workshop, tootle over to Smashwords Author Day:

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries - Publishers Weekly

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted by clapping outside. Following all the noise took our brave kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There with a little digging in the posts, he found one about Penguin Random House and libraries.

According to Andrew Albanese's post, Penguin Random House (PRH) has notified libraries that because of the continued Covid-19 pandemic the company will be extending the temporary terms of the ebook and digital audio purchasing option begun in March. The option will now be available until December 31. PRH is extending it's temporary purchasing option of the 12 month term for ebooks and audio books, instead of the usual 24 month purchasing option. The cost has also been lowered to 50 percent of the 24 month purchase terms. The post includes links to other sites explaining the temporary license purchase option, PRH's announcement about giving libraries and educators the ability to read PRH books aloud online, and other information.
To really help, give the book to them free.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... With how bad library budgets are right now, it's a smart move on PRH's part to give libraries a break on costs."

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

To read the post tootle over to Penguin Random House

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

An author bought his own book to get on bestseller lists. Is that fair? - The Guardian

Today as Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile, he discovered a post under the floor mat on the passenger side. Flattening it out, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from The Guardian site about British author Mark Dawson.

According to the post by David Barnett, author Mark Dawson recently made the Sunday Times bestseller list in the UK. Mark Dawson explained how he managed this feat in his Self Publishing Show podcast. When he saw his sales numbers weren't high enough to get his new book into the top 10 at the Sunday Times, he devised a plan. He sent out an email to his U.S. readers asking if they would be interested in buying copies of his book directly from him. When he had 400 people interested, he bought 400 copies of his book. That added enough book sales to the already generated sales to put his book on the bestseller list at number 8. That's how his book became a bestseller. Apparently, in the UK there's no rule against an author buying his or her own book. Several links are included in the post, including one to the author's podcast.
With enough money you can buy anything.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... He was so proud of what he did, he made a podcast about it. Now other authors in the UK can do it to."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links, bring another cup of tea and another muffin. (Don't tell anybody if you listen to his podcast and then do what he did.)

To read the post tootle over to bestseller lists

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

No Post Today

We'll be back tomorrow.
Panzer here.

Mom has a project due, so there's no post today.

Monday, August 3, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on showing love:

I gave Mom a dead mouse today.

I left it on her pillow so she'd see it when she woke up.

Then ...

She let What's His Name have it.
That really hurts. *

and ...

he threw it in the garbage can outside.

Humans just don't know the value of love gifts.

* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, July 31, 2020

A Virtual Mystery in the Midlands - Writers Who Kill

As Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he heard clapping and cheering coming from outside. Following all the hullabaloo took our inquisitive kitty boy to the Writers Who Kill site. There he found a post about the Mystery in the Midlands writers conference.

It was virtual and they didn't invite me?
The post by Paula Gail Benson is about the third annual Mystery in the Midlands writers conference. This year because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) the conference was virtual. The post includes screen shots of the participants and descriptions of the writers panels. Also included is a link to the replay of the panels. There are five panel videos and a Welcome session video.

Panzer says, "No travel involved and you can watch the conference sessions for free."

Note: Because of all the screen shots included, this is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin to read today's selection. If you plan to watch the replays, bring a thermos of tea, five apple cinnamon muffins, four chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) and three pieces of fudge.

To read the post tootle over to Mystery in the Midlands

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Internet Archive Answers Publishers' Copyright Lawsuit - Publishers Weekly

Today Panzer made a stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging in the posts at all he found one about the Internet Archive. Our investigative kitty reporter has posted about the Internet Archive a couple of times over the past two months because of the recent lawsuit against it.

According to the post by Andrew Albanese, the Internet Archive's (IA) attorneys in the court case filed a response to the the copyright infringement lawsuit against IA.  The lawsuit was filed by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, John Wiley and Sons, and Penguin Random House. The publishers allege in the lawsuit the Internet Archive (IA) is a piracy site performing copyright infringement by scanning the publishers' books and allowing the downloading of the scans.The IA doesn't have the publishers' or the authors' permission to scan their books and makes no payments to either the publishers or the authors. In the attorneys' response to the claims, they say the IA is a library and all libraries can allow their patrons to download digital books. The attorneys say because IA has a purchased copy of the book they can scan it and let people download it.
Ebook is legal. Scanned book is illegal.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... My local library doesn't scan hardback and paperback books to loan out to patrons. My local library buys ebooks from the publishers to loan out to patrons. There is a difference."

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

To read the post tootle over to Internet Archive

To read Panzer's previous post tootle over to publishers' lawsuit

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

No Post Today

We'll be back tomorrow.
Panzer here.

Mom is doing a Zoom class, so no post today.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Heard of VUDU for Streaming Movies and TV Series?

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, he remembered something Mom said. Our inquisitive kitty boy heard Mom telling What's His Name about this streaming site she found online called VUDU and he wanted to check it out. About a week ago Panzer told you about another site Mom found called Peacock TV.

Mom says, "When in doubt, go with free."
Mom said the VUDU site has two memberships. One is paid and one is free. Mom signed up for the free one so she could test how it works and what's offered. With the right equipment and cables the site can be streamed on to your TV. Rather than do that, Mom just watched some of the offerings on her laptop. The site has movies and TV series. Mom didn't check everything there, but in the free section it doesn't look like there's current movies or TV series, but there are some interesting mystery movies and TV shows. The paid section where you "rent movies" has the newer selections.

Panzer says, "This little kitty isn't sure if this is available outside the U.S., because Mom only found U.S. movies and shows there."

To try it out tootle over to VUDU
To read Panzer's previous post about Peacock TV tootle over to Peacock TV

Monday, July 27, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the use of the proper word:

Today I was looking at the Kitten Book Mom made when I was born.
It said: Name, Breed, Age, and Microchip Number.
All filled out correctly.

Then ...

It said: Owner ...
And had Mom's name.

Owner? Owner!

I was shocked! What an outrage!

You all know Nobody owns a cat, right?

Owner? Ha! Not of this cat. *
I might be willing to accept that Mom is my Feeder.

Sounds regal and appropriate, doesn't it?

That would be okay.

But owner? No!

* From Cat Wisdom for humans