Saturday, December 20, 2014

Macmillan-Amazon-Apple-Subscription Services

Got to finish my shopping!
Panzer has been so busy this week getting ready for the holidays he completely missed this announcement about publisher Macmillan.

Jim Milliot at Publishers' Weekly posted about Macmillan's new book agreement with Amazon. But reading the entire post you'll discover Macmillan is still tied to Apple as far as discounting their ebooks is concerned. You'll also discover Macmillan intends to put their backlist books into the subscription service companies.

Panzer says, "So Macmillan may have a new contract with Amazon, but they're still tied to Apple and they plan to jump into subscription readers services. That's an interesting contract."

(Reminder: Did you check out yesterday's link to William Shatner's Kickstarter project?)

To read the post, tootle over to Macmillan

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Apple Says Price-Fixing Is Okay

Trust me. It's for your own good.
When Panzer entered the Catosphere today, the Panzermobile started getting buffeted around. My big strong kitty pilot regained control and discovered it was raucous laughter that was causing all the steering problems. Following the trail of laugh bubbles lead my boy to The New Yorker site.

According to Vauhini Vara, Apple's lawyers' argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is that Apple fixed prices to benefit ebook buyers. Apple (and the big six publishers) felt it was necessary to fix prices and force Amazon to match those prices. In that way Amazon would lose market dominance because of Amazon's low consumer-friendly ebook pricing.

Panzer says, "That's right. All you guys got together and raised your prices. It was for my own good to make me pay more."

To read the full post, tootle over to Apple

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free Fiction: Chains by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Oooo! Ghosts!
It's been such a l-o-n-g time since Panzer visited Kristine Kathryn Rusch's site that he decided to stop in there today.

My big black kitty found Ms. Rusch has a FREE Christmas ghost mystery story available there this week. We all know how much my kitty boy loves genre hopping stories, so he couldn't wait to come back and let you know about it.

Panzer says, "Here's another holiday gift."

Important Note: This story is only FREE this week, then it goes back to regular price at all the e-tail stores, so hurry.

To read the full story, tootle over to  Free Fiction Monday: Chains

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

3 Fiction Markets Accepting Submissions

Just for fiction writers.
Panzer was out in the Catosphere today looking for markets for fiction writers.

My good kitty boy's first stop was at Lynn Viehl's The Paperback Writer site. He found two market anthology calls there. You can read the requirements at Paperback Writer

My speedy little adventurer then stopped in at Sandra Seamans' My Little Corner site. He found another fiction market call for submissions there. You can check it out at My Little Corner

Panzer says, "Just a holiday present for my friends."

Monday, December 15, 2014

A New Panzerism

The dent? The big guy with the deer.
Panzer on the holidays:

Do I think those look like my paw prints on the hood of the car?

Noooo ...

From here, I'd say they're reindeer prints.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Apple E-book Price-fixing Appeal Continues

Just admit it.
Panzer got up from his noon nap today to bright sunshine. My adventuresome kitty hopped into the Panzermobile. Unfortunately, when he got into the Catosphere he ran into a hail of crying and yowling. Following all the noise got him to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post by Andrew Albanese about Apple's upcoming appeal of their loss in their price-fixing case.

Back on December 2 my kitty reporter told you about Apple's appeal. The appeal will be heard before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on December 15. In his post Mr. Albanese addresses the issues Apple's attorneys will argue to convince the court to overturn Judge Denise Cote's verdict in the original case. Then he addresses the Department of Justice's rebuttal to those issues.

Panzer says, "Just take the money you're giving your attorneys and pay it to the ebook buyers. It would save you a lot of money in the long run."

Warning: This is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post and you'll need more than one cup of tea to read the whole thing.

To read the post, tootle over to Apple E-book Appeal

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Game of Thrones Compendium Submissions

Follow me!
Panzer stopped in at the GalleyCAT site today.  If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, my good boy kitty reporter found a post by Maryann Yin that's just for you.

According to Ms. Yin, HBO is putting together a compilation of material from fans! They'll include artwork, music, crafts, and much more from fans of the show. Of course, there will be judges who'll decide what will be included. Submissions are due by March 28, 2015. If you're included in the book, you'll get a byline/credit and a free copy of the book. The post includes links to the rules.

Panzer says, "Mom, get the camera, while I make a costume!"

To read the post, tootle over to Game of Thrones Compendium

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Douglas Preston and Authors United vs. Amazon Continues

Panzer was trying to take a nap this afternoon when he got bounced out of his cat bed by some whiny noises coming from the Catosphere. Against his better judgement my poor tired kitty boy took the Panzermobile out to track down the crying. It didn't take long to find the source of all the tears in a post by Judith Rosen at the Publishers' Weekly site.

It turns out best selling author Douglas Preston and his Authors United group is still  chasing after Amazon and nipping at its heels. Mr. Preston isn't satisfied with Hachette and Amazon's contract agreement and hopes to hamstring the bookseller by siccing the U.S. Department of Justice on it.


Amazon is too big. They sell too many books.

And ...

And this is the really big reason ...

Really? You don't know how?
Amazon doesn't treat books as authors' children ... they treat books as commodities, like TVs and diapers. According to Amazon, books don't need to have their noses wiped and their diapers changed. Books are to be sold.

Panzer says, "Um, Mr. Preston, apparently that's one of the big differences between cats and humans. Cats know where babies come from and it's not from pushing keys on a keyboard."

To read the full post, tootle over to Douglas Preston