Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Judge Questions Parnero's Bid to Dismiss B&N Countersuit - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to stop in at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around in the posts there, he found one about former Barnes and Noble CEO Demos Parneros.

According to Andrew Albanese, last week Demos Parneros' attorneys were back in court again. This time the attorneys were at a pre-motion hearing to discuss a possible motion to ask Judge John G. Koeltl to dismiss Barnes and Noble's counterclaim against Mr. Parneros. While the judge said the motion could be filed, it would probably be a waste of time. The referenced counterclaim asserts Mr. Parnero undermined the sale of Barnes and Noble to keep his CEO position safe. Mr. Parnero's attorneys also gave notice they will be seeking to have Barnes and Noble pay for Mr. Parnero's attorney fees.
Pay somebody to sue you? It's a joke, right?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Have Barnes and Noble pay Parnero's attorneys to sue Barnes and Noble? This case just gets crazier and crazier."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Online Distribution Platform Ganxy to Close - Publishers Weekly

Today Panzer had hardly entered the Catosphere when he heard wailing and crying. Following all the noise took our inquisitive kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. There with no digging at all he found a post about Ganxy.

Nobody can see me here.
According to Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly, Ganxy is closing its doors the end of December. Ganzy is an online distribution platform. The post includes quotes from a post at the Ganxy site about the closing. The company couldn't compete with Amazon's larger distribution platform. Money will be paid to sellers as it's available.

Panzer says, "The only way to compete with an 800 pound gorilla is to hide."

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

To read the post tootle over to Ganxy

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Four Free Online Book Formating Tools You'll Love - Book Works

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere was a quick one today. Our busy kitty boy found an interesting post for his indie writer friends. He found a post about book formatting tools at the BookWorks site

Nap time?
In the post Carla King describes four free online book formatting tools. She begins with Canva. Canva has long been the go-to site for simple ebook covers, but can also do simple interiors. She also has three other free simple to use tools for formatting books. She includes descriptions of each tool with instructions for use with screen shots. There's a list of links included, too.

Panzer says, "Who knew you could do all that formatting for free?"

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. Bring half a thermos of tea and three muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to book formatting tools

Monday, December 3, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on hypnotism for weight loss:

Mom said she's worried her little kitty boy is overweight. She said she wants to try hypnotism for the weight problem.

Well ...

Mom, your eyelids are getting heavy.
Okay ...

Mom repeat after me,

I will not worry about the kitty. He's not overweight, he's just big-boned ... I will not worry about the kitty. He's not overweight, he's just big-boned ... *



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

We're still busy taking care of our recovering relative.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Draft2Digital, Baker & Taylor, and OverDrive - Indies Unlimited

Panzer is still helping Mom with her recuperating extended-family relative, so today's trip into the Catosphere was short. On a quick trip to the Indies Unlimited site our speedy kitty found a post about Draft2Digital.

I really need more sleep.
According to Melinda Clayton, Draft2Digital has announced their partnership with Baker and Taylor's 360 Axis 360 ebook distribution to libraries. Authors who use Draft2Digital will now have two platforms for library distribution: OverDrive and Baker and Taylor. The post also includes information about differences between the two platforms and a brief history of a court case between the two. The link to the court case decision includes interesting information about Baker and Taylor. The post quotes extensively from information on The Digital Reader site.

Panzer says, "This little kitty doesn't think he likes Baker and Taylor's business practices."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of cocoa and three chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Draft2Digital

Monday, November 26, 2018

Bowker Finally Notifies Users of Hacked Website and Stolen Credit Cards - The Digital Reader

I'm so tired I can hardly move.
This has been a very busy day for Panzer so today's trip into the Catosphere was a short one. Our tired kitty boy made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging he found a post about the RR Bowker hacking.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, RR Bowker has begun notifying authors about the possibility of their credit card information being compromised on their site. Bowker is where publishers and authors can purchase ISBN's for their books. The post quotes extensively from Tweets from an author about her experience with Bowker's notification about the hacking. Panzer reported on November 5 about the hacking.

Panzer says, "Mom never used Bowker because we could get the ISBNs through Create Space, so we're safe."

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 Bowker

To read Panzer's previous post tootle over to  Bowker hacking

A New Panzerism

Panzer on teaching your human new tricks:

I'm getting really upset with Mom's behavior.

For a long time now I've tried to teach her the basics of catching mice.

I want her to enjoy life like I do.

And ...

Catching mice is the funnest thing in the world.

She just runs away.
But ...

She just refuses to take the mouse from me with her teeth ...

And ...

Toss it into the air so I can catch it again.

I won't give up. She'll learn sooner or later.



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Due to a family illness, things will be a little upset here at Cats and Crime.


Friday, November 23, 2018

B&N Cuts Q2 Losses as Comp Sales Improve - Publishers Weekly

I love Thanksgiving.
Panzer is still recovering from Thanksgiving dinner; so, today's trip into the Catosphere was a quick one to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around in the posts our waddling kitty boy found one about Barnes and Noble.

According to Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble announced the company's sales figures for the second quarter. Compared to the same time frame in 2017 book sales declined by 3 percent, but toys, games and cafe sales increased by 1.9 percent. The company was also able to cut its operating loss nearly in half from $52.2 million to $26.8 million.

Panzer says, "Let's see how they do in the holiday season."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving






Happy Thanksgiving
 
 



From Panzer, Mom and What's His Name

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Vacation Day and New eBook: Laugh Don't Cry

Panzer is taking the day off. This week is crazy-busy because of the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow here in the U.S., but he did want to let you know about Mom's latest nonfiction ebook, Laugh Don't Cry, Life Is A Joke. She published it the end of September, but between getting ready for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Thanksgiving, we forgot to tell you.

So, here goes.

If you ever wondered how Mom and Panzer met or how What's His Name joined the family or who Mom's friends and other family members are, you'll learn the answers in these short essays. These personal stories are funny and engaging and help explain where our quirky sense of humor comes from. It's a small taste of what Mom's life is like.






Available at all the online retailers for $0.99, but we only had time to look up these four.

Available at  Amazon

Available at Smashwords

Available at Kobo

Available at Walmart

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