Thursday, February 27, 2020

eBook Piracy - How to Respond If Someone Steals Your eBook Online - The Digital Reader

As Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he decided to make a stop at The Digital Reader site. With a little digging in the posts our kitty boy found one about what to do when you find someone has pirated your ebook.

Why do humans steal?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, he recently discovered someone had pirated one of his ebooks. Since this necessitated the filing of a DMCA take down notice, he decided to describe the process. The three possible types of locations of the pirated material are described. It's then explained how to determine where to send the take down notice. The last section of the post contains links to companies or people who will do the work for you, if you don't want to.

Panzer says, "This is the kind of information all authors need to know."

Note: This is a long post. Bring two cups of tea and three muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to eBook Piracy Online:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Coronavirus: The Latest Challenge for Toy Makers-and Publishers - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts our traveling kitty pilot found one about the Toy Fair New York.

There's no where to hide.
According to the post by Karen Raugust, another U.S. event has had problems connect to the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in China. The Toy Fair New York canceled the China Pavilion at the event. The Pavilion is where Chinese manufacturers are located during the Fair. Part of the reason for the cancellation is because of the U.S. travel restrictions barring those who are coming into the US directly from China. Many U.S. toy companies have their products manufactured in China. Several U.S. children's book publishers at the Fair also have their books manufactured in China as well.

Panzer says, "That virus thingy is causing more problems every day."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to challenge for toy makers and publishers

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

COVID-19: Bologna Children's Book Fair Postponed to May - Publishing Perspectives

As Panzer was taking his much deserved afternoon nap he was tossed from his kitty bed by crying and shrieking. Following all the noise took our brave kitty boy to the Publishing Perspectives site. There he found a post about the Bologna Children's Books Fair.
Cats don't get, right?

According to the post by Porter Anderson, due to an outbreak of COVID -19 (coronavirus) the Bologna Children's Book Fair has been postponed until May. Organizers of the Book Fair announced on February 24 the new dates would be May 4 - 7. The move to the new date was prompted by an outbreak of COVID-19 near Milan, Italy. Milan is near Bologna. Organizers promised an update later with more information about plans.

Panzer says, "This virus bug thingy is causing a lot of trouble everywhere."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Bologna Children's Book Fair

Monday, February 24, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on opinions

I heard What's His Name talking to Mom.

He told her there are three kinds of cats ...

1) Leapers - They're energetic and jumping from place to place.

And ...

2) Creepers - They're sneaky and stealthy by nature.

And ...

Expect something else, did you?
3) Sleepers - They're sleeping all the time.

He said that's my type.

Finally ...

Something we agree on.


Friday, February 21, 2020

'Bookseller to the Stars': Chapters Bookstore Dublin inadvertently launch parody sketch series - Irish Examiner

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard laughing and chortling outside the Panzermobile. Following all the clapping took our inquisitive kitty boy to the Irish Examiner site. There he discovered a post about a "joke" video demonstrating how to shelve books in a bookstore.

I just can't quit watching it.
The post by Ciaran Sunderland describes how the video became a viral sensation online. The video was done by staff members at the Chapters Bookstore Dublin (Ireland). It was recorded by cellphone, edited and posted online. The video is included and clickable in the post.

Panzer says, "That guy in the video acts a lot like What's His Name when he's telling Mom how to do something."

This is a short post and a two minute video. Don't bring any tea for today's selection because, if you spit tea all over the keyboard when you start laughing, you'll have to replace your computer. You have been warned.

To read the post and watch the video, tootle over to Dublin Chapters Bookstore

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bertelsmann and Penguin Random House: Climate Neutrality by 2030 - Publishing Perspectives


Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, our adventuresome kitty decided to make a stop at the Publishing Perspectives site. There he found an interesting post. While not exactly about publishing, it is about the international publishing/media giant Bertelsmann.

Let's leave something good for our kittens.
According to the post by Publishing Perspectives Editor in Chief Porter Anderson, on Monday Thomas Rabe, chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, announced the company will be climate-neutral by 2030. On Tuesday Markus Dohle, global CEO of Penguin Random House (PRH), announced to employees that PRH has already switched 98 percent of the company's paper purchases to certified (sustainable forests) mills. PRH will also be using 100 percent green energy by 2022. Penguin Random House is part of Bertelsmann. The post includes information on exactly how Bertelsmann plans to reach its goal by 2030. There's also a short video at the end of the post.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wonders when other publishers will follow Bertelsmann lead?"

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Bertelsmann and Penguin Random House

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tariffs On Most Books from China Now 7.5% - Publishers Weekly

As Panzer was napping today he was rudely woken up by clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Jumping in the Panzermobile, our kitty pilot followed all the jocularity to the Publishers Weekly site. There he discovered a post about the U.S. tariff on books from China was the cause of all the noise.

Makes no sense to this little kitty.
The post by Jim Milliot says the U.S. has lowered the tariff (tax) on books from China coming into the country to 7.5 percent from 15 percent. The new lower rate went into effect on February 14. Many U.S. publishers manufacture their books in China and then have them shipped to the U.S.

Panzer says, "The tariff on children's coloring books won't go into effect either."

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

To read the post tootle over to book tariffs

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Eight Default Amazon Security Settings You Can Change for More Privacy - The Digital Reader

Today Panzer decided to make a stop at The Digital Reader site. There with a little digging in the posts our illustrious kitty found one about making some changes to your Amazon account to gain more privacy.

It's scary what Amazon knows.
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, there are some Amazon default settings that users and shoppers should consider changing in order to better manage their privacy. The post covers several default settings to change ranging from your Public Profile to your Wish List and Shopping List to Goodreads to Alexa and more. There are screenshots included with some of the instructions for changing the settings as well as links to specific location sites in some of the other instructions.

Panzer says, "This is an update to a July 2018 post, so don't be confused by the dates in the Comments section."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a half a thermos of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to make the changes to your Amazon account security settings and follow the links, bring another thermos of tea and six more muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon privacy

Monday, February 17, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on friendship:

Mom told me she wants me to be What's His Name's friend.

She said being his friend lets me help him.

So ...

Well ... I started a list ...

of his character flaws.

I hope Mom understands ...

It's to help him.
Remember ... It was Mom's idea.

But ... I ran out of paper before I finished.

So ... Either he has to fix some of those character flaws now ...

Or ... Mom needs to buy me more paper.





Sunday, February 16, 2020

Judge Denies Bid to Seal Settlement in Audible Captions Case - Publishers Weekly

Today as Panzer was washing the the windows of the Panzermobile he found a post stuck under the wiper blade of the windshield (windscreen). Smoothing it out, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post about the Audible Captions copyright case. A few days ago Panzer told you about the settlement of the lawsuit, when Audible agreed not to use books without the copyright holder's permission.
So, we still don't get to see it.

According to the post by Andrew Albanese, Judge Valerie Caproni, the presiding judge in the settlement of the copyright lawsuit case against Audible Captions, has denied the parties' request to seal the settlement agreement. If the judge did let the agreement be sealed, then no one would be able to read it and find out what the actual agreement said. The judge did give the parties the opportunity to file a sealed copy with the court with redactions (parts marked out) and the reasons why those redactions shouldn't be included in the unsealed agreement.The redacted copies must be filed by February 21.

Panzer says, "So ... Don't anybody start doing the Happy Cat Dance yet. ... Nobody knows what the final agreement will look like after all the redactions."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to read Panzer's previous post, bring another muffin.

To read the post tootle over to Audible Captions case
To read Panzer's previous post, tootle over to Captions Settlement

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