Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Amazon Has Big Competition In Germany

300,000 ebooks? Let's take a look.
Panzer was out taking a leisurely trip around the Catosphere and he happened to stop in at Melville House. Our big bad kitty traveler found a post about a new competitor for Amazon in Germany.

According to a post by Sal Robinson, the players in the new competitor are the German booksellers Thalia, Welbid, Hugendubel, multi-media company Bertelsmann, and the telecom company Deutsche Telekom.  The combine has developed an ebook distribution platform and an e-reader called the Tolino Shine.

Included in the post is a link to the new distribution site, so you can check out the platform and e-reader.

Panzer says, "Watch out Amazon. The new site has twice as many books as Amazon.de."

To read the full post, tootle over to Amazon competitor

Monday, March 2, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on Jokes:

Panzer: Knock, Knock.

Mom: Hmmm?

Panzer: Knock, Knock.

Mom: Hmmm? What?

Panzer: I say, Knock, Knock, and You say, Who's there?

There's a first time for everything.
Mom: Okay. Knock, Knock.

Panzer: Who's there?

Mom: It's me, Mom. You've known me your whole life, Panzer.

Panzer: What? Wait! I mean, what? Hey! What happened?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Free Ebooks March 1-7 for Read An Ebook Week

FREE at Smashwords
Panzer wants all his friends to know that starting today (March 1) and through Saturday (March 7) is "Read An Ebook Week." In celebration of that, my big bad kitty has a big good kitty surprise for you. If you go to Smashwords, click the buy button for Cats and Crime, then enter RW100 in the Code box, and then click Apply Code at checkout, the ebook is FREE. Be sure to check the price before you accept the sale to make sure you followed all the steps.

Panzer says, "And, if you don't have a Smashwords account, why not? It's FREE and there are lots of FREE books all this week."

To get your FREE copy, tootle over to Cats and Crime.

As a second kitty gift this week, you can get a FREE copy of Panzer's friend Fiona L. Webber's romance, Love's Decisions too. (You'll need to follow the same steps as above for Cats and Crime and use the same RW100 code.)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Barnes and Noble to Spin-off College Text Books

Saved from the garbage heap.
Panzer found some good news for Nook users at the Publishers' Weekly site today. According to a post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble will be spinning off the college text book section of their business.

Why is this good news for Nook users?

Because speculation had originally been that B&N would spin off the Nook section as well and no one knew what would happen to Nook on its own. But now B&N will be keeping Nook under their stores umbrella. However, it's not all good news. B&N is keeping Nook because sales are down, making Nook an unattractive spin-off.

But, at least for the short term, Nook is safe.

Panzer says, "Whew! Saved for now."

To read the post, tootle over to college texts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

German Publisher Buys eBookstore, Plans Flat-Rate eBook Service

How do I get my ebooks in the service?
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere and stopped in at the Ink, Bits & Pixels site at The Digital Reader.

There he found a post about German publisher Bastel Lubbe. The publisher will be entering into the paid subscription ebook market. There will be two services offered. One is a monthly paid service. The second is an ad-supported service.

Panzer says, "There's a lot of competition in the paid subscription market."

To read the post, tootle over to German Publisher Buys eBookstore, Plans Flat-Rate eBook Service

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How Authors Can Use Instagram

Showcase cover art.
Panzer stopped in at Joel Friedlandar's The Book Designer site today. Our kitty Catosphere explorer found a post there by Adrienne Erin about how authors can use Instagram.

Instagram isn't a social media site our kitty boy knows much about, so he was particularly interested in reading Ms. Erin's suggested uses.

According to Ms. Erin, there are seven ways authors should use Instagram. Authors can use it for self-promotion, for inspiration, for showcasing cover art, and four more easy ways.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. Instagram for authors? Maybe it's worth checking out."

To read the post, tootle over to authors and Instagram

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Game of Thrones May End Before A Song of Ice

Panzer was out in the Catosphere looking for news for today's post. Our kitty reporter stopped in at the GalleyCAT site where he found news about Game of Thrones.

According to Maryann Yin, this season's Game of Thrones won't be based on George R. R. Martin's books.


Because last season finished at the end of his books. He hasn't finished and published a new book for this season to be based on.

So, the show's writers met with Mr. Martin and will be writing this season based on what he told them his plans are.

Panzer says, "There are some interesting interviews with the actors at the site."

To read the post and watch the interviews, tootle over to Game of Thrones May End Before A Song of Ice

Monday, February 23, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on bigger is better:

Mom, you should put an extra serving of cat food in my bowl each day.

Soon, really soon, the days will be getting warmer ...

and ...

I can feel the sun coming now.
there's nothing better than rolling over on my back and ...

absorbing the strong ways of wonderful sunshine.

And, I figure, if my belly is bigger, I'll absorb more rays.

Oooh! Oooh! Feed me! Feed me!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lost Sherlock Holmes Short Story Found

Woo Hoo! Lost then and found now!
Panzer stopped in at The Telegraph site today. Our kitty reporter found some Sherlock Holmes news there.

According to the post at the site, Walter Elliot found an 80 year old book he had forgotten he had. The small book contains a previously unseen outside Selkirk Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes short story. The story was written to help the people of Selkirk raise money for a new bridge. While not raising as much money as they hoped, the people of the town did get a new bridge.

Panzer says, "There's a link included in the post so you can read the story!"

To read the post and the story, tootle over to Sherlock Holmes

Friday, February 20, 2015

Community Book Exchange in UK Phone Booth Shut Down by Telecom

I could put shelves in here.
Panzer went to visit his friends at GalleyCAT today.

Our big kitty explorer couldn't believe what he read in a post by Dianna Dilworth. According to Ms. Dilworth, the people living in the English town of Banbury found an old unused phone booth there. They decided to find a use for it. They added some shelves and turned it into a nice dry place for a book exchange.

But as usually happens when people try to do good things for themselves and their neighbors, big corporations come along and say, "Not so fast!" That's exactly what happened in Banbury. BT (the British Telecom company) came around and told the citizens to remove the books and tear down the shelves, because somebody might get hurt.

Panzer says, "BT is right. One of you humans might drop a paperback on your foot. You humans aren't as agile or as fast as us cats."

To read the post and see what you can do to help Banbury, tootle over to Community Book Exchange in UK Phone Booth Shut Down by Telecom | GalleyCat