Friday, April 29, 2016

Kobo Launches in Turkey - GalleyCat

Panzer made a stop at the GalleyCAT site today. Our big bad kitty hasn't been in a while. Just a little digging around uncovered news about Kobo.

According to a post by Dianna Dilworth, Kobo will have ebooks available in Turkey in May. Kobo has entered into a partnership with the D and R bookstore chain. As well as the ebooks the Kobo ereader will now be available through D and K's subsidiary

Panzer says, "Hmm ... I wonder where I can find a Turkish translator for my books?"

Note: This is a very short post. You'll only need half a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Kobo

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hugo awards shortlist dominated by rightwing campaign - The Guardian

Panzer's was just tootling around in the Catosphere enjoying a leisurely trip when the Panzermobile was buffeted by growling and snarling sounds. Following all the noise took our brave kitty to The Guardian site. There he discovered somebody let those obnoxious, noisy Puppies out again.

According to a post by Dave Barnett, it's time for the Hugo Awards nominees list. You remember the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy, right? Panzer told you about them last year. You know ... The awards with Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies ... And the way the Puppies get their BFFs' work nominated. All the Puppies have to do is have all their other friends, relatives, and neighbors buy a membership in the group and then they all nominate the Puppies' BFFs' work.

Pretty simple, huh?

Those Puppies have the system all figured out.

And guess what?

It worked again this year.
Got to keep my paws clean.

Panzer says, "You can read all about this year's romp in the puppy litter box in Mr. Barnett's post, just watch where you step. Looks to be a repeat of last year."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read The Guardian post, tootle over to Hugo Awards

To read Panzer's post on last year's Puppygate, tootle over to Puppygate

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Barnes & Noble's Longtime Leader, Leonard Riggio, Is Stepping Down - The New York Times

Panzer was awakened from his evening nap by the Panzermobile's emergency news siren sounding. Our poor nap-deprived kitty headed into the Catosphere to follow the news beacon. The trail took him to The New York Times site. At the site Panzer found a post about Barnes and Noble had tripped the Panzermobile's sensor.

In the post Alexandra Alter reports Barnes and Noble founder Leonard Riggio has decided to retire in September. Mr. Riggio bought the original Barnes and Noble bookstore in 1971 and has been at the helm since. Mr. Riggio will remain on the Board of Directors; but, according to the article he intends to travel and visit other countries in his retirement. The post includes a history of the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain and the business' ebook entry against Amazon with the Nook.
Don't wake until morning.

Panzer says, "With all that traveling it doesn't sound like Mr. Riggio will have much time to devote to the bookstores anymore."

Note: This is a very l-o-n-g post. You'll need two cups of tea, a muffin and a creme-filled doughnut for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

A new app is trying to get India to read more by being the Netflix of books - Mashable

I lost my smartphone.
Panzer's trip today was a fun exploration in the Catosphere. Our brave kitty stopped in at the Mashable site. With just a little digging he found news about a new startup app company called Juggernaut.

According to the post by Sonam Joshi, a new smartphone app by Juggernaut is launching in India. The initial offering will be small at only 100 titles. The price per ebook will be between "Rs 10 (15 cents) and up to Rs 150 ($2.25)". For easy smartphone reading, the ebooks are less than 25,000 words. Currently, the books are commissioned. Juggernaut compares their service to Netflix. If the company finds the right approach, there appears to be a huge smartphone reading app market in India.

Panzer says, "This kitty will be watching Juggernaut to see how it goes."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g-ish post. A cup of tea and a muffin should be enough for today's reading session.

To read the post, tootle over to Juggernaut

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face

I can see across the ocean from up here.
Panzer was out in the Catosphere yesterday just taking in the sights and enjoying himself. Our big bad kitty boy happened to stumble across a post at The New York Times site about Apple. Not wanting to disrupt your habit of reading his Monday Panzerism, he decided to save it until today.

According to the post by Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez, Apple is having problems in China. China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television regulator shut down Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies. One reason for the shut down may be that these two are in competition with some Chinese Internet companies. Speculation is that Apple Pay may be next because it too is in competition with other Chinese companies.

Panzer says, "It seems to this little kitty ... If you're a U.S. company and successful in China, you are going to get spanked and sent home."

This is a long and complicated post. You will need a cup of tea and two muffins for today's read.

To read the post, tootle over to Apple

Monday, April 25, 2016

A New Panzerism

Panzer on learning new skills:

I heard What's His Name telling Mom he's going to teach me how to clean my own litter box.

Well ...

I've got some breaking news for him ...

That is not going to happen ...

We cats already know how to clean our litter boxes ...
It's simple. I just don't want to.

But ...

Why should we ...

When we've taught our humans to do it for us?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Press Release: Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-worldwide Form Partnership

Panzer was taking a leisurely trip in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Book Business site. Digging around he found a post with some news about Baker and Taylor.

I see somebody growing bigger.
The post is a press release about Bookmasters, Baker and Taylor, and Printondemand-worldwide (PODW). According to the press release, the three are forming a partnership.  Bookmasters and Baker and Taylor publish and distribute in the U.S. and Printondemand-worldwide does the same in the U.K. With the new partnership all three will have access to each others publishing and distribution markets for their books, ebooks and other products. The post also mentions the fact that Follett just bought Booksmasters and Baker and Taylor which Panzer told you about a few days ago.

Panzer says, "So basically, Printondemand-worldwide formed a partnership with Follett Corp.  Hmm ... I wonder if there's another buyout in the future."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g-ish post. You'll want a cup of tea and muffin for the reading session. If you plan to read Panzer's other post, add another muffin.

To read today's post, tootle over to Baker and Taylor

To read Panzer's earlier post on the Baker and Taylor buyout, tootle over to Follett

Friday, April 22, 2016

Amazon Wins $30 Million Deal to Sell E-Books in NYC Schools - Fortune

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Our brave kitty followed all the noise to the Fortune site. There he found big news about Amazon.

$30 million is a lot of kitty treats.
According to a post by Hilary Brueck, Amazon just signed a new contract with the New York City Schools worth $30 million. Under the contract the company will be supplying ebooks to New York City school students at the beginning of the next school year. The students will not need to buy Kindles; instead the ebooks can be read on tablets and other devices. Also included in the post is a short video about Amazon's video streaming service.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... That means no more heavy backpacks for NYC students. Everything will be on a tablet."

Note: This is a medium post. Even if you watch the video, you'll only need a cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Partners Hoping to Move Distribution Clients to Midpoint - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere. Our inquisitive kitty was looking for information on Partners Publishers Group. He heard the print book distributor for independent publishers had closed its doors a couple of weeks ago. With a little digging around at the Publishers' Weekly site he found some interesting news about the company's plans.

According to the post by Judith Rosen, Partners Publishers Group is giving their independent publisher clients the option to move their book distribution to Midpoint Trade Sales. No information is available about the terms of the contracts publishers are being asked to agree to with Midpoint.

Doesn't look good to me.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... If they don't agree to the terms with Midpoint Trade Sales, is there anybody else to do their book distribution? Doesn't sound fair to me ... But ... What do I know? I'm just a cat."

Note: This is a short post. A cup of tea should do it for today's reading.

To read the post, tootle over to Partners distribution moved to Midpoint

Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insights - Smashwords

 Panzer had barely made it into  the Catosphere when he heard clapping and laughing. Following all the raucous noise, our kitty boy found himself at the Smashwords blog. It didn't take any digging at all to find the post that made everyone so happy.

In the post Smashwords founder Mark Coker discussed the results of the annual Smashwords survey. The survey showed that once again romance fiction is the top seller, boxed sets are also big sellers, and pre-orders are a major driver for bestsellers. Several other findings from the survey are also discussed.

 Also included in the post was Mr. Coker's slide show presentation of the survey results at the April 14 RT Booklovers Convention which is included below. If you would rather read the post, the link is after the slide show.

Here's the slide show:

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. You'll need a cup of tea and two muffins for your reading today.

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