Saturday, June 23, 2018

Court Shakes Up Tax Landscape for Online Sales - Publishers Weekly (Pw)

Panzer was sweeping out the Panzermobile today when he noticed something under his pilot seat. Pulling it out our fastidious kitty boy discovered it was a wadded up post. Flattening it out he found it was from the Publishers Weekly site. Reading it over he saw it was about the United States Supreme Court decision about online sales taxes.

According to the post by Ed Nawota, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a new online sales tax decision. The new decision overturns a 1992 decision and allows states to collect sales taxes on all online purchases to the residents of their state. This does mean the states who don't already have online tax collection laws will have to pass them. However, some states have already put the tax collection laws into effect and have been collecting them. Included in the post are several links to other sites for more information.

Cleaning is a lot of work.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Oh no! This will raise the price on everything Mom buys online for this little kitty."

Note: This is a long length post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post for more information, bring another cup of tea and three more muffins.

To read the Publishers Weekly post tootle over to United States Supreme Court


 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Amazon Announces First Fulfillment Center in Alabama, Creating 1,500 Full-Time Jobs - Press Release

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering outside. Following the jocularity took our kitty pilot to the Amazon press room. With no digging at all he discovered a post about Amazon's new Alabama fulfillment center.

The press release announces Amazon's newest fulfillment center is to be built in Bessemer, Alabama. As with all fulfillment centers employees will fill customer orders. The center will also make use of robotics to help the employees work more efficiently. The fulfillment center will employ 1,500 full-time employees. The employees will immediately be eligible for full company benefits. Benefits will include healthcare, 401k retirement plan, company stock, and maternity and parental leave. There's a link in the post for Amazon's hiring and employment information.

Is there a fulfillment center in all 50 states?
Panzer says, "It looks like Amazon is on a fulfillment center building spree. It seems like this little kitty reads about a new center ever two or three weeks."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Online Bookstore Bookwitty.com Shuts Down - Publishers Weekly (PW)

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by wailing and crying. Following all the noise took our brave kitty to the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. There with no digging at all he discovered a post about online bookseller Bookwitty.com.

According to the post by Ed Nawotka, three year old Paris-based online bookstore Bookwitty.com is closing. The company sent an email to its contributors that the site is shutting down. Bookwitty.com was the online arm of Bookwitty, a distributor of books to third-party sellers. No reason other than the company could not provide the service customers deserved was given; although, the post does say a hoped for $10 million cash infusion did not materialize.
Maybe their inventory was just too big.

Panzer says, "Bookwitty.com had 27 million books for sale. That is a lot of books."

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

To read the post tootle over to Bookwitty.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Amazon Now Lets Authors Purchase Multiple Copies of Kindle eBooks - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at The Digital Reader site. With a little digging around our adventuresome kitty found a post about Amazon's new author book buying plan.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon now allows authors to purchase multiple copies of their own Kindle ebooks. The post includes a quote of a section from Amazon's announcement. In the announcement Amazon says authors should use the Buy for Others button and then enter how many copies they want to buy. Then, the announcement explains how to give readers access to the ebooks. Be sure to read the Comments section. There's some interesting information in there too.

I wonder if it would be worth it?
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Buying copies of your own book from Amazon could get pretty expensive."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon


Monday, June 18, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on training your human:

Humans are flawed. All cats know this.

And ...

We do our best to make allowances for their limitations.

And ...

We're very patient in our training methods.

Take my humans for example.

Today, Mom yelled at me for scratching the back of the couch.

He ever touches me again; he'll bleed.
So ...

As her punishment, she can't touch my nice, soft fur for six minutes. That should be enough of a penalty to teach her not to yell.

Now ...

What's His Name is in the penalty box for swatting at me. That's the permanent penalty box.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Happy Father's Day





To All The Fathers

From Panzer, Mom and What's His Name

Mike McCormack wins 100,000 International Dublin literary award with one-sentence novel - The Guardian

Today, while Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile he found a post rolled up under the passenger seat. Smoothing it out flat, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from The Guardian site about the International Dublin Literary Award.

According to the post by Sian Cain, Irish author Mike McCormack won this year's International Dublin Literary Award. Each year librarians around the world submit their nominations to a group of Irish author-judges. From these submissions the judges choose one book to award the prize to. This year's winner is Solar Bones a one sentence novel. The one sentence is over 200+ pages long. It turns out the novel is about a ghost and author McCormack decided a ghost wouldn't have time for stopping for periods at the end of sentences; therefore, only one sentence.

I really need a nap after reading that.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... One sentence long? Over 200+ pages? Glad I'm not reading it aloud."

Note:This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea, a muffin and a sugar cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to International Dublin Literary Award

Friday, June 15, 2018

It looks like Google's going to launch a podcast app - The Verge

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Verge site. It took a little digging for our inquisitive kitty to find a post about Google's podcast app.

In the post at The Verge Shoshana Wodinsky explains why it's likely Google will launch a podcast app. The post speculates the app will actually be an extension of the existing Google Search on Android. There are several links to other sites for information on Google Search and podcast information included in the post. If you follow the links, you get a better understanding of Google's plans.

You can listen to a podcast where ever you are.
Panzer says, "Be sure to read the Comments section too. There are some interesting opinions about Google apps in general there."

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links included in the post and read the Comments section, bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Google podcast app

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Audio is publishing's new star as sales soar across genres - The Guardian


Today's trip into the Catosphere took our intrepid kitty traveler to The Guardian site. With some digging around in the posts, he found one about audio books.

According to James Tapper, audio book sales are rising at unexpected rates. Sales in 2017 were up 21.5 percent. The increasing sales figures in the audio book market have drawn new competition for Amazon's Audible too. Audio book popularity has inspired some agents to convince their author clients to release their fiction and nonfiction books in audio book format only. It appears audio books may be the newest thing to take a bite out of traditional book publishing sales right behind ebooks.
What do you of my face on the cover?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Is there a market for kitty narrated audio books?"

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to audio books

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Is Amazon Bugging Authors Into Moving From Createspace to KDP Print - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging around he found a post about KDP Print and Createspace.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon's Createspace has developed an annoying habit. Indie authors are reporting receiving copyright verification emails from Createspace. From the example cited it appears even books that were published in foreign languages are fair game for the emails. Whether harassing authors with these verification emails is Amazon's plan to push authors over to Amazon's KDP Print or not is still unclear; but, the copyright verification emails are definitely annoying to authors.

Makes no sense to this little kitty.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... The author in the example says they got 18 emails so far this year. ... Wow. ... I thought Amazon was all about customer service. ... Amazon owns Createspace. ... Authors use Createspace printing service. ... Authors are customers. ... Where's the customer service?"

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

To read the post tootle over to KDP Print and Createspace

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