Wednesday, August 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin - The Guardian


A little hint would be appreciated.
Today Panzer decided to make a stop at The Guardian site. With a little digging in the posts our inquisitive kitty found one about George R.R. Martin.

According to the post by Sarah Hughes and Nosheen Iqba, now that the TV series Game of Thrones is finished George R.R. Martin is able to return to work on the fantasy novels the series was based on. Since he's 70 years old, there's been some speculation he may not be able to finish the remaining two novels. Although a lot of fans didn't like the end of the series, Mr. Martin said that will have no impact on how he writes the end of his books. The post is a condensed version of a much longer interview with the author. There's a link included in the post to the full interview.

Panzer says, "This little kitty does wonder if the end of the book series will be the same as the TV series."

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 link to the full interview, bring a gallon of tea and one dozen muffins.

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Amazon continues physical retail expansion with plans for new bookstore in Nashville and 4-star store in Boston - GeekWire

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our busy kitty boy to the GeekWire site. There with no digging at all, he found a post about Amazon's new retail plans.

They keep popping up everywhere.
According to the Geekwire post by Nat Levy, Amazon has announced the opening of a new bricks and mortar Amazon Books store in Nashville, Tennessee. The company also plans to open an Amazon 4-star store in Boston, Massachusetts. (In addition to books, a 4-star store sells other products.) The post contains links to other information about Amazon stores.

Panzer says, "Amazon keeps making a bigger footprint in brick and mortar stores."

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

To read today's post tootle over to Amazon

Monday, August 19, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on giving to charity for the greater good:

Mom told me she and What's His Name are going to a charity auction tonight.

She said all the money raised will go to take care of retired greyhounds.

She said it's a good cause ...

And ...

That humans always support good causes.

So ...

After thinking about it a while ...

I want to start a charity for retired cats.

I'll be waiting by the mailbox.
You humans won't even have to leave home.

Just mail me your check, cash or catnip.

On second thought ...

Just send the catnip.



*From Cat Wisdom for humans

Sunday, August 18, 2019

PRH to Publish Wattpad Books in UK - Publishers Weekly

They're all children's books.
Panzer was cleaning the windshield (windscreen) of the Panzermobile when he found a post stuck under the wiper. Pulling it out, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post about Wattpad Books.

According to the Publishers Weekly post by Ed Nawotka, Wattpad Books is Canadian company Wattpad's new young adult press division. US book distribution for Wattpad Books will be by Macmillan and UK publishing and distribution will be by Penguin Random House Children's Books. Three books are already scheduled for August and September and three more in October.

Panzer says, "They sure are off to a quick start with six books in the first three months."

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

To read the post tootle over to Wattpad Books

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!


August 17 
 
 
 

Here Every Day Is Black Cat Appreciation Day

J.D. Salinger estate agrees to ebook editions - The Guardian


Mom read that book.
Today as Panzer was relaxing in the sun on the back porch he heard clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Leaving his favorite sunny spot, our traveling kitty hopped in the Panzermobile and headed out. Following all the jocularity took him to The Guardian site. There with a little digging in the posts he discovered one about J.D. Salinger's books.

According to The Guardian post by Sian Cain, J.D. Salinger's estate has agreed to allow his books to be turned into ebooks. J.D. Salinger was the author of Catcher in the Rye among other such famous works. He was also against the internet and digital media. Four of J.D. Salinger's books will be released in the U.S. and U.K. immediately, while others of his works will be scheduled as they are assembled. Apparently, he wrote some works which were never released for publication before. There's a link included to an interview with Salinger's son in a previous post.

Panzer says, "A writer never knows what will happen to their work after they're gone."

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 link to read the interview, bring another cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post tootle over to J.D. Salinger estate

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bibles, Kids' Books Win Tariff Reprieve - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was shaken from his kitty bed by yelling and shouting coming from the Catosphere. Dragging himself into the Panzermobile, our poor tired kitty followed all the noise to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he discovered a post about U.S. President Trump's tariffs on China.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, President Trump has postponed until December 15 the implementation of his Chinese import tariffs on Bibles, children's picture books and coloring books, sneakers/shoes, phones and other important Christmas gifts. The proposed tariffs on Trump's other specified Chinese imports will still go into effect on September 1. The September 1 imports include paperback and hardback books, dictionaries, and other materials printed in China for U.S. publishers and imported for sale in the U.S. There are several links to information about Trump's tariffs included in the post.

Now for a much need nap.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Even this little kitty knows some U.S. publishers have their books printed in China and then shipped to the U.S. for sale here."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading. If you plan to follow the links, bring a thermos of tea and six muffins.

To read the post tootle over to tariff reprieve

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UK's Publishers Association leads 'Axe the Reading Tax' Campaign - Publishing Perspectives

Why tax an ebook?
Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, he heard shouting coming from outside the Panzermobile. Following all the hullabaloo took our brave kitty pilot to the Publishing Perspectives site. With hardly any digging at all in the posts, he found one about the UK's VAT (Value Added Tax) on digital reading material.

According to Publishing Perspectives Editor-in-Chief Porter Anderson, the UK's Publishers Association has launched a campaign to get the UK's VAT removed from digital material. The UK has a 20 percent VAT on ebooks, audio books and other digital reading materials. The campaign is called 'Axe the Reading Tax' and would make the digital reading material VAT the same as the print reading material VAT which is zero.  The Publishers Association has sent a letter to the chancellor of the exchequer demanding the removal of the VAT.  Included in the post is a list of all the representatives of the different groups who signed the letter. There are several links included in the post to other information.

Panzer says, "This little kitty never did understand why there is a tax on ebooks and audio books, but not on printed books."

Note: This is a long post. Bring half a thermos of tea and three muffins for today's reading. If you plan to follow all the links in the post, bring a gallon of tea, a dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle of your reading.

To read the post tootle over to UK Publishers' Association

Monday, August 12, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on learning new skills:

I heard What's His Name telling Mom he's going to teach me how to clean my own litter box. ...

Well ...

I've got some breaking news for him ...

We cats already know how to clean our litter boxes.

It's simple. I just don't want to.*
But ...

Why should we ...

When we've taught our humans to do it for us?




* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Audible Captions, Copyright Lawsuits, and Other News from the World of Writing - Indies Unlimited

My work is never done.
Panzer was sweeping the floor in the Panzermobile when he discovered a post under the mat on the passenger side. Pulling it out, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the Indies Unlimited site about news in the publishing world.

Melinda Clayton's post begins with an examination of Audible's soon to be introduced Captions feature. Panzer told you about Captions a few days ago in two posts. Audible still isn't giving out any concrete information about what the new feature will do. The second section is about new legislation which would make it easier and less expensive to go after copyright infringers. The last section of the post is about book marketing. There are several links included in the post to further information about each section.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks ... By not giving out any information, Audible seems to be deliberately causing a lot of speculation about the Captions feature just to build up the hype."

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

To read the post tootle over to Audible Captions and more

To read Panzer's first post about Audible's Captions feature tootle over to Audible text Captions feature

To read Panzer's second post about Audible's Captions tootle over toAudible's Captions program

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