Monday, January 22, 2018

A New Panzerism

Panzer on choices:
Even Mom is right once in a while.

Mom figured she could have a kitty


a nice couch.

She made the right choice.

From Cat Wisdom for humans

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mom Sick

Panzer here.

Sorry there haven't been any posts since Thursday. Mom has been sick with a nasty cold and everything has been all caterkittywampus (all messed up for you humans). She's feeling better and hopes to get back on schedule tomorrow (Monday).

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2

Panzer did't even make it back into the Panzermobile before he was knocked over by the oohing and aahing coming from Amazon's Press Room. Back inside our poor bruised kitty found a Press Release about Amazon's second headquarters.

According to the press release, Amazon has announced the list of the 20 candidates being considered for the location the Amazon second headquarters (HQ2) in North America. The candidates are (in alphabetic order):

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Montgomery County, MD
Nashville, TN
Newark, NJ
New York City, NY
Northern Virginia, VA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburg, PA
Raeigh, NC
Toronto, ON
Washington DC

Amazon will make the final decision later this year.

Panzer says, "Let the games begin!"

Did you make the list? Did you want to?
Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and one and a half muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the full Press Release tootle over to Amazon HQ2 to Webcast Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call - Press Release

Panzer was just entering the Catosphere today when he heard some interesting noises from ahead of the Panzermobile. Following the trail of sounds took our brave kitty to the Press Room at Amazon. There he found a press release about Amazon's upcoming fourth quarter financial results.

Now where did I put Mom's tablet?
According to the press release, the company's conference call will be webcast live on on February 1, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Panzer says, "This little kitty will be watching to find out what's going on with Amazon's fourth quarter financial reports."

Note: This is a short press release. In fact the post title above and Panzer's reporting tell you just about everything that's in the press release. If you do decide to go to the Press Room, you won't even need any tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is Japan's Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook and audiobook market? - The New Publishing Standard

Panzer is still recovering from all of yesterday's publishing news reporting for you, so he only made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our speedy little kitty boy stopped in at The New Publishing Standard site. With just a little digging there he found a post about the Japanese company Rakuten.

Hmm ...Millions of library downloads.
According to Mark Williams, Rakuten is now the second largest dispenser of ebooks and audiobooks in Canada and the United States. Rakuten owns Canadian ebook publisher Kobo and United States library distributor OverDrive. Overdrive is a major supplier of ebooks and audiobooks to libraries for downloads by patrons. To illustrate this Mark Williams uses charts and data about the magnitude of reader ebook and audiobook downloads. The charts include numbers from not just sales downloads but downloads such as Kindle Unlimited as well. Included in the post are links to some of Mark Williams' previous posts about Rakuten and Overdrive.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... My ebooks are on OverDrive and Kobo."

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

To read the post tootle over to Rakuten

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Amazon laying off 58 workers at North Charleston self-publishing business - The Post and Courier

Panzer just can't get a nap today. He was just starting a little snooze when the news alarm started blaring in the Panzermobile. Heading into the Catosphere our poor kitty pilot was buffeted by crying and shouting. Following all the noise took him to the The Post and Courier site, where he discovered news about Amazon's Createspace business.

According to the post by Thad Moore, Amazon is laying off 58 workers at the North Charleston Createspace self-publishing business. Amazon is closing down the editing, marketing and design divisions of Createspace. Amazon said the company intends to continue printing books.

Please! No more news tonight!
Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks Createspace is going the way of the dodo bird. Very soon Amazon is going to funnel paperback authors into the Amazon store only. No more sending your Createspace books to other bookstores and to libraries."

Note: This is a long-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and three muffins for this reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon Create Space

Storytel goes the TV route to promote audiobooks in Spain - The New Publishing Standard

Panzer had hardly settled down for a nap when he was shaken out of his kitty bed by clapping and oohing. Hopping into the Panzermobile our speedy kitty was at The New Publishing Standard site in no time at all. There he found a post about Storytel's Spanish audio book marketing. Back in December Panzer told you about Storytel's marketing expansion in Italy.

According to site owner Mark Williams, to increase their audio book subscriber base Storytel is advertising on television in Spain. The post contains translated quotes from Storytel that the advertisements are working as expected with an increase in new subscribers.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Sounds like Storytel outflanked Audible again."

Now for a little sleep.
Note: This is a medium post. Bring a cup of tea and muffin for this reading selection.

To read the post about Storytel in Spain tootle over to Storytel Spain

To read the post about Storytel in Italy tootle over to Storytel Italy

Print is Doing So Great at Surviving eBooks That Print Sales Fell 3% in Canada in 2017 - The Digital Reader

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about Canadian print book sales in 2017.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, BookNet Canada just released the 2017 print book sales report. Based on BookNet Canada's collected data print book sales are down by 3 percent compared to 2016. While non-fiction and fiction were both down, juvenile books were up. There's a link at the end of the post to the BookNet Canada site for more information on the sales report.

Hmm ... I can do children's books.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... If juvenile print book sales are up, maybe this little kitty needs to start working on some juvenile books."

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of cocoa, a muffin and a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to print books

Monday, January 15, 2018

A New Panzerism

He won't do that again. *
Panzer on return policies:

Mom ...

What's His Name bought the cheap cat food again.

Can we take him back to the Husband Store and get a better one?

* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Kindle Publishing Guidelines (2018) Allow For 50 MB Cover Images - The Digital Reader

Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile when he found a post wedged under the floor mat. Spreading it out on the passenger seat he discovered it was from The Digital Reader site and about Amazon's new Kindle publishing guidelines.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon has come out with the 2018 publishing guidelines for Kindle. The post says the cover MB size and pixel size has changed among other things for ebooks. There's a link at the beginning of the post to download a copy of the new guidelines.

It's nap time.
Panzer says, "This little kitty downloaded his copy and is going to have Mom read it to him this weekend."

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

To read the post tootle over to Kindle publishing guidelines