Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review: Dragon Poems for Smiletrain

Panzer and I happened to come across this little ebook " Dragon Poems for Smiletrain" compiled by M.R. Mathias  and L.M. Stull. While neither Panzer nor I usually read poetry, this one is raising money for the charity Smiletrain.

The anthology contains twenty poems. There are some humorous poems, some sad poems and some cute poems. All about one of my favorite things: dragons.

Panzer gives it four paws up. He doesn't like poetry or dragons, but he does like charity giving!

This ebook is rated G and is for the whole family.

Available at the Amazon Store for the Kindle.


Is anybody else having trouble with this new blogger? Panzer says, "GRRR." Hiss. Hiss. Hiss.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Karen Woodward: Self Publishing on Amazon: Kindle Direct Publishin...

Panzer and I took three of his friends for a ride around the Catosphere today. The big boy wanted his friends to see how much fun the Catosphere is.

Guess what Panzer and his friends found? A great post at Karen Woodward's blog about publishing using Kindle Direct Publishing.

This is a complete plan of how to publish at KDP. And I mean COMPLETE. Everything is here: from opening your account at KDP to uploading your cover.

Let's be truthful. KDP is not the easiest place to publish. Karen gives you a helping hand up the ladder.

So, if you need a course on how to upload you file, tootle on over to  Karen Woodward: Self Publishing on Amazon: Kindle Direct Publishin...:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: The Cat's Whiskers

It's been quite a while since Panzer has found an ebook for us to review.

The Cat's Whiskers by Christopher J. F. Gibson has five short stories about . . . Ta Da . . . cats. Actually, there are four cats and one kitten -- one for each story.

These are not mysteries.  They are cute little slice of life stories. We get to meet each cat (or kitten) and the person (or persons) they own. These are little cat adventures, but nothing like what my bad boy Panzer gets into! This is an ebook for cat lovers.

The ebook could stand to have another formatting and editing. But it wasn't bad enough to get Panzer too upset.

Panzer gives it three paws up.

The Cat's Whiskers is available from Amazon for the Kindle.

Panzer gives it a G rating for the whole family.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Business Week: Amazon vs. Publishers

Everybody knows how much Panzer and I love our Kindle. By extension, that means we love Amazon. Right?

Well, Panzer was doing a little search for Amazon information with our good friend Google.

Guess what he found? 

Brad Stone has an interesting article at Business Week called Amazon vs. Publishers: The Book Battle Continues. It seems Amazon has been approaching publishers about POD for their slower selling books. So far, Amazon has met with resistance from the publishers.

Hmmm. Want to know why?

Panzer says tootle on over to Business Week. and read all about it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Canadian Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

Panzer has been chasing something interesting floating around in the Catosphere.

As if Apple didn't already have enough trouble with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Maricris Liboon posts at the Amog blog that Apple has been named in a Quebec class-action lawsuit. This lawsuit accuses Apple of ebook pricing irregularities in Canada.

Read the details at Apple Faces Antitrust Lawsuit in Canada.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Writing Your Author Bio

Panzer and I were out in the Catosphere looking for more branding ideas today. We stopped in at one of his favorite blogs Writer Unboxed.

Panzer is doing the happy cat dance. He found author Keith Cronin's post "Five Ways to Fix a Boring Bio" just what he was thinking branding should be. Cronin explains how to add vim, vigor and verve to your author bio.

Let's face it, your author bio is a major part of your branding. This is where your readers can get to know the real you. And Cronin explains exactly how to tell your readers about your life (well, sort of).

So tootle on over to Writer Unboxed.

And remember: Panzer picked Keith Cronin's post. You have been warned.