Monday, November 20, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on moral concepts:

Mom said, "Bad kitty," when I scratched the furniture.

You know ... What's His Name always says she's pretty smart.

So I thought about what Mom said for a long time ...

in between my morning nap and my afternoon nap.

And ...

This is what I decided:
Sorry ... You're wrong again Mom.

There are two ways to look at it,

My way ...

And ...

The wrong way.



* From Cat Wisdom for humans



Friday, November 17, 2017

B&N Dismisses Takeover Proposal - Publishers Weekly

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly site. There our traveling kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble.

Huh?
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble announced Sandell Asset Management made an offer to take Barnes and Noble private (buy?) for a reported $650. Apparently, Sandell would start a new company, all the Barnes and Noble shareholders would be required to put their shares into the new company, and then Sandell would control the new company. Barnes and Noble stated in their announcement the company (and founder Len Riggio) had rejected the offer.

Panzer says, "Sandell wants to do what?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Amazon Sellers Brood as States Come Calling for Taxes - The New York Times

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by booing and hissing. Following all the hubbub took our brave kitty to The New York Times site. With a little digging he found a post about Amazon and sales taxes.

I'll never understand humans.
The post by Nick Wingfield states Amazon will begin collecting sales taxes for its marketplace merchants who sell merchandise to Washington state residents. It seems the state legislature needed some more money, so they passed a law to collect more sales taxes and the impact is on Amazon's merchants big and small. According to the post, other states are preparing to follow suit.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Inquiring kitties want to know what's going to happen next with this sales tax thingy? No more merchandise sales to Washington residents? Just curious."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermoses of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kindle's 10-Year Journey - The Telegraph

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Telegraph site. With a little digging by our inquisitive kitty, he found a post about the Kindle anniversary later this week.

The Telegraph post states the first Amazon Kindle was introduced to the reading public on November 19, 2007. The post covers the evolution of Amazon's ereader from the original Kindle in 2007 to the Kindle Oasis introduced on October 31, 2017. Also included in the post are the publishers and indie authors who began adding their books to the platform in the early days.

She has 121 ebooks on it.
Panzer says, "Umm ... You know ... All you have to do is replace the battery and those Kindles last forever. ... Mom still has a Kindle 2 she uses to read in bed at night."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pearson Closes DRM - Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers' Account - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard crying and wailing. Flowing all the noise took our brave kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Pearson's ebookstore closing.

The post by The Digital Reader founder Nate Hoffelder states Pearson intends to close their MyPearsonStore.com DRM-free ebookstore on April 30, 2018, Customers need to download their ebook purchases before then as all customer accounts and purchases will be deleted on that date. There's a copy of Pearson's announcement included in The Digital Reader post.
One less online bookstore.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Another online ebookstore closes their doors."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Pearson eBookstore

Monday, November 13, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the essence of the ideal:

Mom says it's important to practice what you're good at to get better at it.

Okay ...

Perfection is my goal. *
Nap Practice at 1:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 2:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 3:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at ...




* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

B&N Unveils New Apps and New Holiday Sales Strategy - Publishers Weekly


Already thinking about Christmas?
Panzer was out tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard holiday music. Our inquisitive kitty boy followed all the noise to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble's plans for the holiday sales season.

According to the post by John Maher, Barnes and Noble has two new apps to make holiday shopping easier. The first is called Book Graph. When a customer chooses an online book to examine, the app gives them other similar books to consider. Included in the post is a link to the app. The second app is called SmartGift. After a customer purchases a gift they can send an email to the recipient. The recipient has the option to receive the gift or return it and pick another. There's also a holiday catalog/gift guide for the holiday season. Barnes and Noble also has a book drive for charity running until January 1, 2018. Customers can buy a book and donate it to the charity book drive.

Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks that second app is interesting. ... Mom can send an email to me that says 'I bought you a new cat sweater. If you don't like it you can exchange it for what you want.' ... Hmm ... Then I can exchange it for catnip. ... Sounds good to me."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Macmillan to Close Its Self-Publishing Unit, Pronoun - Publishers Weekly

Today, as soon as Panzer entered the Catosphere he discovered something was wrong. The Panzermobile was buffeted and knocked around by all the crying and shouting. Following the sounds of distress took our brave kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found breaking news about self-publishing platform Pronoun's fate.

How humans hunt: Catch. Eat. Kill.
In a post by Calvin Reid Panzer learned Pronoun is being closed down. Pronoun is platform similar to Smashwords. Indie authors/publishers upload their material to Pronoun for distribution to retailers. As of now the Pronoun platform won't accept any new author/publisher accounts.  It will totally shut down all accounts and distributions on January 15, 2018. Macmillan bought Pronoun in May 2016. No announcement has been made by Macmillan about the shut down decision.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Nobody needs to make an announcement about anything. It's simple.  Buy your competition and then shut them down."

Note: This is a medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. (If you're a Pronoun platform user, you'll probably want a box of tissues too.)

To read the post, tootle over to Pronoun closure



Monday, November 6, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on persistence:

Greatness is never easy.
It requires focus, intense effort, and endurance.
 But after much struggle I have made it.
I am at the top of the world.
I am the greatest!
You can't make me!*
I am the King of all I survey!

What ... ?
What do you mean get off the curtains?

No!
Your King has spoken.


* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

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