Monday, July 24, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on etiquette:

I told Mom ...

I think I should get a chair in the dining room ...

So ...

I can eat at the table with her.

That's what I told her ...

What I know is ...
He can't even purr.

It's undignified for me to eat from a dish on the floor ...

After all ...

She let's What's His Name eat at the table.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Enter a Huge Archive of Amazing Stories, the World's First Science Fiction Magazine, Launch in 1926 - Open Culture

On Panzer's trip today he discovered some interesting information about pulp fiction publishing. Our kitty traveler had barely piloted the Panzermobile into the Catosphere when he heard cheering and clapping and shouting. Following all the rowdiness took him to the Open Culture site. With no digging at all he found information on the digitization of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Amazing Stories.

According to the post, over 500 issues of the Amazing Stories magazine have been digitized. Included in the post is the history of the magazine from inception in 1926 to its closure in 2005. The magazine published many of science fiction's well-known authors, such as Isaac Asimov, George R.R. Martin, Robert Heinlein and Robert Bloch. Included at the beginning of the post below the first illustration there's a link to the Internet Archive site where the magazine issues are available free. At the site, if you click on the title under the cover illustration, you'll be taken to the issue. You can read it online by clicking the cover and each page after that to turn to the next page. Below the cover and to the right are the download options.

And it's all free.
Panzer says, "If you read all the way to the end of the post, there are links to other digitized science fiction and fantasy magazines and radio dramas."

Note: With all the illustrations this is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. Panzer gives a tip of the fedora to The Digital Reader site for a heads-up about the Open Culture site.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazing Stories

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wattpad now pimping writers to Hachett Romans - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our speedy kitty made a quick jump to The Digital Reader site. There with just a little digging around he found a post about Wattpad and Wattpad Studios.

What about marketing and promotion?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post,Wattpad has signed a new publishing partnership agreement with Hachette Livre. Chosen Wattpad writers can have French language translation and publishing of their stories by Hachette Livre. Wattpad Studios which handles the selection of stories receives a commission for their services.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know if there's more involved than just French translation and publishing."

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

To read the post tootle over to Wattpad

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whole Foods Shareholders Sue to Block Amazon Merger - Courthouse News Service

As soon as Panzer entered the Catosphere today the Panzermobile was buffeted by ranting and raving and shouting. Following all the reverberating noises took our brave kitty boy to the Courthouse News Service site. There he found a post about two Texas court cases filed against the Whole Foods Market and Amazon merger/acquisition.

According to the post by Ryan Kocian, two Whole Foods Market shareholders have filed separate lawsuits against Whole Foods Markets and Amazon to stop the proposed merger/acquisition. In one suit Robert Riegel is suing Whole Foods Market and the board of directors. In the second suit Robert Berg is suing Whole Foods Market, the board of directors, Amazon.com and Walnut Merger Sub. Both suits claim a lack of certain financial information, the lack of certain conflict of interest information, and the lack of certain banker interest and financial compensation information makes the proxy statement false and misleading to the shareholders. Both suits are seeking to get class action status.

Blindsided me. Never saw it coming.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... And this little kitty thought it was going to be the federal government that would slow down the acquisition."

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

To read the post tootle over to Whole Foods shareholders

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Indigo Eyes U.S. Expansion - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard whispering and muttering outside the Panzermobile. Following the curious noises took our inquisitive kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Indigo Books and Music.

According to Ed Nawotka's post, rumors abound about Indigo Books and Music's proposed expansion into the U.S. retail book sales market. Indigo bookstores are well represented in Canada under such store brand names as Indigo, Chapters, and Coles, among others. The success of the company's new concept superstores there has contributed to the rumor. Speculation is that the first U.S. Indigo bookstore will open in New Jersey in 2018. The Publishers Weekly post states, "Indigo would neither confirm nor deny" plans to expand to the U.S. So, for right now it's just a rumor.
I think they're making a big mistake.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know why Indigo would want to come to the U.S. and go head to head with Amazon. ... Haven't they heard Amazon is opening bricks and mortar bookstores in addition to the online store?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Indigo

Monday, July 17, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on music appreciation:

I woke up Mom and What's His Name this morning

serenading them from the windowsill in the bedroom.

What's His Name told Mom ...

my sweet, wonderful music was annoying yowling.

Then he yelled at me and chased me out of the bedroom.
You know, I have sensitive hearing, too.

Let me tell you something Mom ...

The next time I hear What's His Name  doing his singing in the shower ...

I'll teach him about shampoo, shower curtains and yowling.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Bertelsmann Ups PRH Stake to 75% - Publishers Weekly

I'm feeling better today.
Today, Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our recovering kitty boy made a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging he found a post about Bertelsmann increasing their holdings in PRH (Penguin Random House).

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Bertelsmann intends to increase the company's controlling stake in PRH (Penguin Random House) to 75 percent. When Penguin merged with Random House in 2013 Bertelsmann acquired 53 percent and Pearson 47 percent of the new entity PRH (Penguin Random House). Bertelsmann will acquire an additional 22 percent from Pearson for $968 million. Pearson will retain 25 percent. The deal won't be completed until September, 2017.

Panzer says, "The post does mention Pearson can't sell any portion of their remaining ownership for 18 months. This little kitty would be very surprised if there wasn't also a little clause in the agreement that Bertelsmann has the right of first refusal if Pearson wants to sell."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Bertelsmann

Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Post Today

Me-OW-OW-OW! That hurt!
Panzer isn't feeling well today. He went to the veterinarian's office and get two of his annual vaccinations. He'll post tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Bricks and Mortar bookstores -Amazon Books

Panzer was taking a leisurely trip around the Catosphere today, when he happened upon the Amazon Books site. It didn't take any digging at all to discover information about Amazon's bricks and mortar bookstores there.

Five more store?
About one third of the way down the page is the Stores by State heading. Listed are the eight Amazon bricks and mortar bookstores currently open across the U.S. Listed below that are the locations of the five Coming Soon store locations. Included under each of the stores listed is a link to apply for employment. Listed under the employment link is a link to signup for updates on the store.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Amazon is really taking their bricks and mortar bookstores seriously."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon bookstores

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators - Jane Friedman Blog

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile when he heard oohing and awing coming from ahead in the Catosphere. It didn't take our adventuresome kitty long to find the location of all the hullabaloo. It was at the Jane Friedman Blog site. With no digging at all he found a post about Tapas Media that was causing all the noise.

According to Jane Friedman's post, Tapas Media has recently opened their platform to allow authors to self publish their serialized material (novels) there. This means the site is now open to authors/creators of web comics and novels. While Tapas Media has headquarters in both Seoul, South Korea, and San Francisco, California, according to the post its 1.6 million readers are mostly in North America. Author/creators get paid for their work in three ways: by advertising on their work, by readers tipping them, or by being upgraded to 'Premium' content. Two author/creators are interviewed for the post. One is located in Malaysia and the other in the United States, so this appears to be a global platform.
Always listen to the kitty.

Panzer says, "Listen to this little kitty when he says, 'Don't put your paw print on a contract until you read it all the way through to make sure you understand it.'"

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. Bring a thermos of tea and four muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Tapas Media


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