Monday, September 1, 2014

A New Panzerism

I'll start right now.
Panzer on Sobriety:

The thing about catnip is,

well ...

 I think maybe I should go on the wagon for a little while.

Exactly how much catnip is in the wagon anyway?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dead Tree Bookless Library, Only Ebooks Allowed

I see what's coming. Do you?
Panzer stopped in at The Guardian site today.  My little black kitty found a post by Alison Flood there about a new university in Florida.

The new Florida Polytechnic University will have 500 students when it opens this fall. It has a huge library building. 11,000 square feet to be exact!

But there are no dead tree books in that library building.

Instead there are computer terminals for the students to log-on and read their ebooks. Everything in the library is digital.

Panzer says, "Is our future here today?"

To read the whole post, tootle over to bookless library

Friday, August 29, 2014

Japanese Publishers vs. Amazon Japan On Ranking System

Explain please.
Panzer hit the Catosphere at warp speed today. My bad kitty boy went over to the Asia & Japan Watch site at The Asahi Shimban. He found a post by Mayumi Mori about a shouting match going on between Amazon Japan and the Japanese publishers who use Amazon's store for ebook sales.

So, what's all the shouting about?

Amazon Japan has instituted a new publisher ranking system.  Publishers who pay Amazon Japan higher fees and have bigger ebook offerings receive higher rankings than those who don't.

Panzer says, "I don't understand. Are the higher fees for advertising or what? And, if you have more ebooks to sell, why shouldn't you have a higher ranking?"

To read the whole post, tootle over to Amazon Japan

Thursday, August 28, 2014

12 Thoughts On Kindle Unlimited

What to do?
Panzer made his first ever visit to the Steve Scott Site today.

Panzer doesn't know if you've heard, but everybody in the Catosphere has been talking about the Kindle Unlimited program. Some people support it and believe it's the best marketing tool since Kindle Select. Others hate it and won't join for the same reason they wouldn't join Kindle Select and restrict their sales only to the Kindle Store.

So, when my bad boy heard that Mr. Scott had a post with his views on the Pros and Cons of the Kindle Unlimited program, he took the Panzermobile right over to the site. Mr. Scott addresses the payouts from having your book in the KU program, how category rankings are impacted, how sales numbers might decrease if you don't join and more pros and cons to total twelve.

Panzer says, "Should I or shouldn't I join? I'm so confused. I don't know what to do!"

To read the post and make up your own mind about the Kindle Unlimited program, tootle over to Kindle Unlimited

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Kobo Aura-H2O Ereader Review

Me in the water? Not in your life-time.
Panzer was over at the GoodEReader blog today. My bad boy found some big news for you there in a post by Michael Kozlowski.

Kobo has a new ereader called the Aura H2O.

And you'll never guess what it does.

It can be under water for thirty minutes and still work!

So you drop it in the bath tub. No problem. You drop it in the ocean at the beach. No problem.

The post is a complete, indepth review of all the features in the new Kobo ereader. Features reviewed even have accompanying videos showing how they work. There's also a "Pros" and "Cons" list at the end of the post. Consequently, this is a very long post. So bring a huge double latte.

Panzer says, "I want one and I don't even go near the water."

To read the entire review, tootle over to Kobo Aura H2O

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amazon Hachette Feud Could Change The Publishing World

What does the future hold?
Panzer went over to The Guardian site today. My bad black kitty boy found a post there about the future of ebook publishing.

In her post Jennifer Rankin looks at the Amazon-Hachette dispute not from the standpoint of ebook pricing, but from what will happen to the business models of publishers and how they will reinvent themselves in the future. As an example, HarperCollins has already started doing direct sales from their website.

Panzer says, "So ... did Amazon really push publishers to change or were they already planning to make these changes?"

There is a second section of the post that's a recap of the Amazon-Hachette dispute. Because of this, the post is v-e-r-y, v-e-r-y l-o-n-g, so bring a HUGE cup of tea.

To read what changes might be in the future for publishing, tootle over to Amazon Hachette Feud

Monday, August 25, 2014

A New Panzerism

Thanks Mom. I needed a good laugh.
Panzer on a balanced diet:

You're kidding, right?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You Are Now Buried Under 3.4 Million E-books And Counting

I feel so bad.
Panzer isn't happy about the post he found over at Claude Nougat's blog. In fact, my bad boy is downright disheartened.

According to Mr. Nougat, there were 3.4 million ebooks available in the Kindle Store the day he wrote the post. And he also discovered that 12 new ebooks are added to the store every hour. That means the competition is getting stronger every five minutes.

Mr. Nougat even checked into the rankings of past top-selling authors Amanda Hocking and John Locke.

Guess what.

They're not number one in sales any more.

So, things are getting tough all over.

What chance does a poor little kitty have to sell his books?

Panzer says, "Mr. Nougat does point out Amazon now gives indies access to a pre-order button, so at least we have something."

A warning: this is a very, very long post with screen shots and information, so bring a big, big cup of tea.

To read the full post, tootle over to buried under 3-4 million e-books

Friday, August 22, 2014

12 Tips On How To Promote Your Book

Watch out. He uses bad words.
We made a stop at Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog today. Panzer found a post on promoting your book.

Mr. Wendig offers twelve tips for promoting yourself and your books on social media. These tips are to show how to promote without being "spammy." That means no "Me ... Me ... Me" posts. Now that doesn't mean you can't talk about yourself, because you should. What it does mean is you should be funny, tell jokes, be helpful. Not just "Buy My Book!" "Buy My Book!" And that's just one tip. There are eleven more for you.

Panzer says, "I don't go to Mr. Wendig's blog very often because he uses bad words. So, be warned!"

To read Chuck Wendig's tips for book promotion, tootle over to promote your books

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Smashwords: Inc. Magazine Names Smashwords to Inc. 5000 List o...

$22 million!
Over at the Smashwords blog, Panzer found a post announcing the company's inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list. According to owner Mark Coker, Smashwords is #122 in the top 5000 and the #1 fastest growing media company on Inc.'s list.

My bad boy wasn't surprised that Mr. Coker said Smashwords made $22 million in revenue in 2013. There are over 100,000 authors and small publishers who use Smashwords services. That's a lot of books.

Panzer found the last few paragraphs of the post the most interesting. In that section Mr. Coker asks the question, Where is Smashwords as a company going in the future? And, Where are indie authors going in the future?

Panzer says, "I know where I'll be. It's nap time right now."

To read the full post, tootle over to Smashwords: Inc. Magazine Names Smashwords to Inc. 5000 List o...: