Monday, October 5, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on expanding the family:

When we were at the vet's today, I saw Mom looking at kittens. She was cooing little kitten noises at them. It was disgusting.

So ...  she's thinking about getting a new kitten, huh?

Why? Why? Oh, why?
Exactly what's in it for me?

Okay ...

she did tell me the other day she had the world's most self-centered feline ever ...

But a new kitten?

Now that's self-centered.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

How Indie Authors' Books Can Get Into Libraries

Panzer has been fighting a kitty cold all week. Today, our poor sick kitty boy made a quick trip into the Catosphere to the Book Life site. He found a post by Jane Friedman there about getting your indie book into the library system.

According to Ms. Friedman, there are three steps to getting your book into libraries. The first is to be fiction. Apparently, non-fiction is harder to place in libraries. The second is to get your book noticed online. Get it noticed on social media sites and get it reviewed on blogs. That way librarians will learn about it. The third is getting your book noticed once it's in the library system. People need to know it's available and check it out, so your track record will convince librarians to order your next book.
My nose hurts ... and my tummy.

Panzer says, "A-choo! I'm going back to my kitty bed now."

To read the post, tootle over to library market

Thursday, October 1, 2015

George R. R. Martin: our long obsession with Mars - The Guardian

Panzer made a trip to The Guardian site looking for an interesting post for you today. Before our big brave kitty knew it he was traveling to ... Mars ... with ... George R. R. Martin.

In his post Mr. Martin tells about his childhood reading habits and John Carter of Mars, and Ray Bradbury's Martians, and sandmice, and The War of the Worlds. And ... the lose of the Old Mars with the Mariner Martian explorer. The post is a history of Martian fables, stories, pseudo-science and science.
Old Mars ... Here I come.

Panzer says, "Mr. Martin and Gardner Duzios have edited a book of Old Mars stories. I love the Old Mars stories. I want a copy!"

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring g-a-l-l-o-n-s of tea and a bag of muffins.

To read the post, tootle over to Mars

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple launches Apple Music in China - Reuters

Whew ... That's a long trip to China.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today when clapping and cheering interrupted the quiet. Following the trail of all the noise took him to the Reuters site.

According to a post he found there, Apple will begin offering iBooks as well as iMovies and iTunes in China this fall. Apple announced the service will be available on Adroid phones. This will be a subscription service with an additional per item charge.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... China is a huge market for ebooks, movies and music."

To read the post, tootle over to Apple in China

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After Oyster, What's Next for E-book Subscriptions? - Publishers' Weekly

Where are they going?
Panzer made a trip over to the Publishers' Weekly site today.When he was digging around in the posts there, he found one about Oyster's announcement they'll be closing their doors next year.

The post by Andrew Albanese and Jim Milliot (with help from Calvin Reid) concerns the future of ebook subscription services after the demise of Oyster. The beginning of the post deals with the issues Panzer described in his post last week: Part of the Oyster staff will move to Google and the competition from other subscriber services. The post goes on to explain about traditional publishers' acceptance of the subscription model. In general, the post presents a positive future for ebook subscription services

Panzer says, "Will ebook subscription services survive is the question inquiring cats want to know."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two gallons of tea and a dozen muffins. Also bring your favorite blanket and pillow to take a nap halfway through the post.

To read the Publishers' Weekly post, tootle over to  Oyster
To read Panzer's post, tootle over to Ebook Subscription Services

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Panzerism

Panzer on the human misconception of their importance:

I went to the vet today.
You know ... I'm still not listening.
She cleaned my ears.
I can hear much better now.

But ...

That doesn't mean I'll do what you say.*

*from Cat Wisdom for humans

Saturday, September 26, 2015

From Book to Ebook and Back

Panzer made a weekend trip over to the Flavorwire site. After some digging around there, our traveling kitty found a post by Jonathan Sturgeon about the return of print books.

Panzer already told you about The New York Times and the Observer's recently carried posts about the return of print books.  Flavorwire poster Jonathon Sturgeon takes a different approach to the resurgence of print books than the other two. While he does mention the new contracts between publishers and Amazon and the subsequent increase in ebook prices, he says it's too early to tell if that has caused the decline in sales. Instead, he approaches print book sales from the "human" standpoint. He quotes a poet who points out poetry can't be read properly on an ereader and another reader who says when reading for pleasure he wants a print book in his hands. So maybe there is more involved in the ebook sales decline than just the price increase.
I'm ready.

Panzer says, "Maybe ... You humans are a tactile species. You want to pet my fur?"

To read the post at Flavorwire, tootle over to back to books
To read Panzer's dead tree books post, tootle over to dead tree books

Friday, September 25, 2015

Would-Be Buyer of B&N Settles Fraud Charges - Publishers' Weekly

You thought you'd get away with it?
Panzer stopped in at the Publishers' Weekly site today.

In a post by Jim Milliot he learned some interesting facts about a purported attempt to purchase a controlling interest in Barnes & Noble last year. In February 2014 Michael A. Glickstein of G Asset Management LLC announced they wished to purchase 51 percent of Barnes & Noble. That turned out to be not only false, but impossible. Glickstein and the firm did not have the money to do the purchase and they had no way to get the money. What they did have was some B&N stock they'd already bought. The possible B&N purchase attempt news raised the stock price so G Asset Management LLC made money selling their stock.

Panzer says, "Barnes & Noble didn't have anything to do with any of this. This was strictly Glickstein and G Asset Management."

To read the full post, tootle over to Barnes & Noble

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dead Tree Books Aren't Dead Yet According To Readers

You just won't listen.
Panzer made a quick trip to The New York Times site. Our speedy kitty boy found some interesting information about the resurrection of print books.

According to a post by Alexandra Alter, publishers' ebook sales are declining and their print book sales are increasing.


Although it's buried halfway into the post, under publishers' new contracts with Amazon they can set their own ebook prices. And ... they're setting them high enough that they almost match print (hardback) prices and they're much higher than paperback prices. So ... of course publishers' ebook sales are declining.

Panzer says, "You humans still aren't listening. I already explained the less is more rule to you."

Note: This is an e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y l-o-n-g post. You better bring a thermos of tea and two days worth of muffins.

To read The New York Times post, tootle over to print books
 To read Panzer's less is more post, tootle over to less is more

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oyster, E-Book Subscription Service, Shutting It's Doors

Whew! I'm tired after all that.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere just having a relaxing trip today. Suddenly, the quiet was littered with sniffling and snuffling and raindrops pitter-pattering on the Panzermobile windshield.

Following the trail of the commotion, our big bad kitty went to the Publishers' Weekly site. According to a post there by Calvin Reid, ebook subscription service Oyster is closing. Oyster is a service similar to a buffet dinner in that you can read all the ebooks you want per month for $9.99. Mr. Reid quotes from a post at the Re/code news site that some members of the Oyster staff will be moving to Google Play Books. Included in Mr. Reid's post is a link to the Re/code post.

Panzer followed the trail even farther and went to the Smashwords Blog site. According to a post there by Mark Coker, he (Coker) received direct notification from Oyster about the closing. Since Smashwords is a provider of indie published ebooks to Oyster, Mr. Coker was provided with information about the closing date (sometime in 2016). They both (Oyster and Smashwords) will continue their contract agreement until that time. Mr. Coker also gives his opinion on the current state of the ebook subscription service market, including Scribd and KDP Select.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. Google Play Books?"

Note: Each of these posts is l-o-n-g, but the Smashwords post is the l-o-n-g-e-s-t. Bring a h-u-g-e pot of tea, three muffins and a cushion to sit on.

To read the post at Publishers' Weekly, tootle over to Oyster
To read the post at Smashwords, tootle over to Oyster and KDP Select