Sunday, June 25, 2017

Amazon is Beta-Testing the Label "Digital Books" - The Digital Reader

Panzer was lounging around on the floor, when the Panzermobile alarm sounded. Hurrying into the Catosphere our inquisitive kitty followed the alert to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Amazon.

Now ... Back to my nap.
Site owner Nate Hoffelder says in his post that it has been reported to him that Amazon is beta-testing the new label "Digital Books" for ebooks. Mr. Hoffelder investigated at the Amazon site and did discover some ebooks are carrying the new label. There's a screen shot included in the post. In the lower left corner in the price box is the phrase "Digital Book."

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty isn't sure how much of a difference a new name will make."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jeff Bezos has advice for the news business: 'Ask people to pay. They will pay' - CNBC

Panzer was doing his weekly cleaning in the Panzermobile today when he found a wadded up post between the seats. Spreading it out flat on the floor, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the CNBC site about Jeff Bezos. (In case you don't know who Jeff Bezos is, he's the founder of Amazon.)

Not what you want. What they want.
According to Matt Rosoff's post, Jeff Bezos gave a presentation at the Future of Newspapers conference. Mr. Bezos was at the conference because he bought The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 and turned it profitable by 2016. At the conference he gave his views on how newspapers need to adjust to the current reading public climate. One of his main points dealt with the fact he treats the newspaper like Amazon. In both instances, he always puts the customer/reader first. He also says, don't worry about the advertisers. In the end they don't pay the bills, the reader does. The post contains several other points of interest in creating a profitable newspaper.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Always put the reader first? ... That's the same thing this little kitty does with his books."

Note: This is a huge post. Bring a thermos of tea and six muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Jeff Bezos

Friday, June 23, 2017

B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. There our busy kitty traveler discovered news about Barnes and Noble's 2017 Fiscal Year Report. (Panzer knows it might seem strange for a company to have their end of 2017 year report be announced in June. It just means the company was not started on January 1 but instead part way through the year. Therefore, the company's "year" doesn't start and stop on January 1. This little kitty knows it's confusing, but it's what he expects from humans.)

My ebooks are there online.
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble announced their fiscal report for 2017 and the numbers are disappointing. Although according to the report online sales were up 3.7 percent, that wasn't enough to offset the 6 percent decline in retail sales or the 23.4 percent decline in Nook sales. Even though the sales figures do appear to show an abysmal sales record and losses, it does show they are not as bad as the 2016 losses.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Can the new CEO Demos Parneros turn the company around to profitability in the next couple of years? This little kitty hopes so."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Draft2Digital Adds Audiobook Distribution via Findaway Voice - The Digital Reader

Panzer had hardly entered the Catosphere today when he heard clapping and cheering ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the hullabaloo took our speedy kitty to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Draft2Digital's newest service.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, ebook distributor Draft2Digital is now offering audiobook distribution through partner Finaway Voice. If you already have an audiobook, Findaway Voice will distribute it through their platform. Or, you can produce your audiobook using Findaway Voice's narrators and, then, they will distribute the audiobook through their platform. Findaway Voice has a distribution network that spans more than 170 countries.

Watch out Smashwords.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Audiobook production and distribution ... Draft2Digital just keeps adding services for indie authors."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pottermore to allow free e-book library loans - The Bookseller

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Bookseller site. There our intrepid kitty pilot found a post about free Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ebook loans from UK libraries.

According to the post by Heloise Wood, Pottermore will be allowing UK libraries to do unlimited loans of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the book's publication library patrons have from June 26 through July 9 to get the digital copy. Pottermore has also set up a Twitter account and a new free Wizarding World Book Club site to celebrate the anniversary. The Bookseller post includes a link to the Twitter account.
Whew! That was a lot of digging.

Panzer says, "I did some digging and discovered where the Wizarding World Book Club signup site is. Mom included it at the bottom of my post."

Note: This is a shortish post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to sign up for the Twitter follow and the Wizarding World Book Club, bring an extra cup of tea.

To read the post, tootle over to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

To join the Wizarding World Book Club, tootle over to Pottermore WWBC

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Germany's Publishing Revenue Rises 1% in 2016 - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a trip to the Publishers Weekly site. There our traveling kitty found a post about the state of the German book market.

The figures don't look good to me.
According to Ed Nawotka's post, Germany's total 2016 book sales revenue figures are now available. The total 2016 revenue rose just 1 percent compared to 2015. The biggest increase for the period was in children's book sales at 9 percent. Ebook sales, however, were nearly even for the time period having only risen .1 percent. Book translations did show a rise for the period from 12.4 percent in 2015 to 13.6 in 2016. There are graphs and charts to illustrate the percentages in book publishing numbers, genres and revenues.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Ebook sales were flat?"

Note: With the charts and graphs this is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post. Bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Germany's publishing

Monday, June 19, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on trusting humans:

Trust someone the way a dog trusts people ...

And ...

You'll be treated like a dog.

There is one exception though.

I prefer a tuna and catnip scented person.
If a stranger approaches who emits a fragrance

of ...

tuna ...

then they're fine and you can trust them.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market - Press Release

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted by oohing and aahing. Following the brouhaha of noise took our intrepid kitty boy to the Amazon Press Room site. There he found a press release about Amazon's newest business market expansion.

Grocery stores?
According to the press release, Amazon plans to acquire grocery store chain Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market's stores are bricks and mortar locations. As part of the acquisition Amazon will also take over Whole Foods Market's debts. Before the acquisition can be completed, the company shareholders will have to vote in agreement with Amazon's offer. The press release is actually divided into sections. The first section is the announcement of the acquisition, the second explains about Amazon, the third explains about Whole Foods Market, and then there are four more sections explaining about how the acquisition will work.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Can you believe it? A grocery store chain? Amazon just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

Note: The press release part about the announcement of the acquisition is relatively short. If that's all you plan to read, bring a cup of tea and a muffin. However, if you plan to read all the other sections, bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins.


Amazon Buys Whole Foods Market

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New iPad Pro Inches Toward Replacing PC, but Falls Short - The New York Times

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The New York Times site. There our kitty pilot found a post about Apple's new iPad Pro.

The post by Brian X. Chen is a review of Apple's new iPad tablet called the iPad Pro(fessional) which will be for sale next week. There are two versions the iPad Pro. One has a 10.5 inch screen and the other a 12.9 inch screen. In addition to the larger, brighter screens the new iPad Pro will be faster.  However, using the keyboard is uncomfortable and leaves you with a sore wrist. For buyer considerations the review includes more pros and cons of iPad Pro features and uses. Prices for the 10.5 inch Pro range from $649 to $949 and for the 12,9 inch Pro from $799 to $1,099.
I have to clean my claws first.

Panzer says, "With kitty claws for a stylus the keys still would be hard to use."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to iPad Pro

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Digital Sales Down 2% in Canada in 2016 - Publishers Weekly

Today, when Panzer ventured into the Catosphere, crying and moaning quickly surrounded the Panzermobile. Following all the noise, took our brave kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. There he discovered a post about digital sales in Canada.

The Publishers Weekly post by Ed Nawotka deals with digital sales in Canada as presented in The State of Digital Publishing annual report.  Digital sales are defined in the report as ebooks and audiobooks sales only.  The report details the fact digital publishing sales in 2016 were down 2 percent compared to 2015. This isn't surprising since digital sales are down in all English-language markets as stated in the post. The report is based on information collected from 50 publishers. The post also contains information about how digital publishing works in Canada.
Who speaks cat language? Wait! I do.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... If digital sales are down in English-language markets, maybe it's time to start translating digital books and audiobooks for other language markets."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Canadian digital sales

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