Wednesday, May 24, 2017

George RR Martin says Game of Thrones spin-offs will all be prequels - and announces a fifth - The Guardian

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity took our handsome kitty pilot to The Guardian site. With just a little digging around he found a post about George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones.

Do the novel now. I can't wait.
According to the post by Danuta Kean, George R.R. Martin has announced in conjunction with HBO he's helping with the creation of five Game of Thrones spin-offs. These won't be spin-offs in the usual use of the word, but prequels to aspects of the world he created for Game of Thrones. Each prequel is getting a pilot episode. Each pilot is written by a different writer with Mr. Martin's input. Mr. Martin does stress that he's still working on his next novel Winds of Winter. There are several links in the post including one to Mr. Martin's blog post about the spin-offs.

Panzer says, "This kitty wishes Mr. Martin would hurry up and finish Winds of Winter."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a big cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in The Guardian post, bring a thermos of tea and two extra muffins.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Streetlib Now Distributes to Kobo Plus - The Digital Reader

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Digital Reader site. After doing a little digging our kitty boy found a post about Kobo Plus and Streetlib. Panzer told you about Kobo Plus and Draft2Digital's distribution agreement earlier this month.


Exactly, how big is the market?
According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, distribution service Streetlib announced they'll begin ebook distribution to Kobo Plus. On June 1 Streetlib will distribute all ebooks in their catalog (unless authors opt-out) to subscription service Kobo Plus. Kobo Plus is Kobo's subscription sales arm in the Netherlands. Mr. Hoffelder's post includes a link to Streetlib's original email to authors about the new distribution agreement with Kobo Plus.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Kobo Plus has access to ebooks in Kobo, Draft2Digital and now Streetlib. This kitty wonders what the actual number of ebooks Kobo Plus has is."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you follow the link to Panzer's earlier post, bring a muffin too.

To read the post about Kobo Plus and Streetlib, tootle over to Streetlib

To read Panzer's post about Kobo Plus and Draft2Digital, tootle over to Draft2Digital

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Harlequin Closing Five Lines, Including Kimani Romance - Book Riot

A clean Panzermobile is a tired kitty.
Panzer was doing his usual Saturday cleaning of the Panzermobile when he found a wadded up post under the pilot's seat. Smoothing all the wrinkles our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the Book Riot site about romance publisher Harlequin.

According to Kay Taylor Rea, Harlequin is no longer accepting submissions for five of its romance lines. The shut down lines include: Harlequin Western, Harlequin Superromance, Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Nocturne and Kimani Romance. Harlequin attributes the discontinuations to lack of reader interest and changing tastes. It appears the lines will continue publishing to finish out the previously purchased author manuscripts, but won't purchase any more. A lot of the post is made up of quoted tweets explaining the discontinuation.

Panzer says, "This kitty wonders if romance readers are finding more of their romances in online ebooks."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Harlequin

Friday, May 19, 2017

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring - DBW

An audiobook for cats? I'd listen.
Today, Panzer made a trip to the DBW site. Our traveling kitty boy hasn't been there for a while. With a little digging around he found a post about audiobooks.

According to the post by Sandy McDowell, audiobook sales are climbing. The post lists nine reasons for this growth. Reasons mentioned by Ms. McDowell range from enjoying listening to a storyteller to the companionship of hearing another voice. There are more reasons listed between these two. Also included are links specific to some of the reasons listed, like a link to the best free audiobook sites.

Panzer says, "You can take a survey at the end about audiobooks, too."

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

To read the post, tootle over to audiobook growth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amazon Starts Weekly Bestseller Lists - Publishers Weekly

As soon as the Panzermobile got into the Catosphere today Panzer couldn't believe all the cheering and clapping he heard. Following all the jocularity took our kitty pilot to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon's newest endeavor.

This needs looking into.
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Amazon has started a new weekly bestseller lists service for readers. Called Amazon Charts the service has two bestseller lists. One has the top 20 books based on sales numbers and the second has the top 20 books based on reading numbers. The sales numbers will include a book's sales across all Amazon platforms. The read numbers will include a book's reads and audio book listens.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty can see that authors who have their books in Amazon Kindle ebooks, CreateSpace paperbacks and Audible audio books have a big advantage when it comes to these bestseller lists."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Bestseller Lists

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

iOS 10.3.2 Update Stops eBooks in iBooks from Hacking Your iPad - The Digital Reader

I am so tired
Panzer had to go to the vet today for a checkup, so he only made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our kitty boy stopped in at The Digital Reader site. A little digging and he found a post about some important Apple updates.

According to site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, Apple has issued some important updates. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you use the Safari browser, or use iTunes or Apple TV, you need to install the upgrades immediately. The updates address security issues that allow hackers to take over your devices.

Panzer says, "What's an iOS?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to hacking iPad

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Amazon Buy Button Program Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today just enjoying the trip when his solitude was interrupted by crying and booing. Following all the noise took our inquisitive kitty to the Publishers' Weekly site. With no digging at all he found a post about Amazon's New Buy Button Program.

After all that I need a nap.
Panzer told you last week about the controversy swirling around about the changes to Amazon's Buy Button Program. According to the post by Jim Milliot, the controversy continues. Neither publishers nor authors are happy with the current situation. The new program allows re-sellers to obtain Buy Buttons for books based on several factors including shipping times and new book availability. No one seems to know or be able to agree on where the re-sellers are getting the new books from. Of course there is the usual conspiracy theory whenever Amazon is involved. This one concerns Amazon using Create Space against traditional publishers. Near the beginning of Mr. Milliot's post there's a link to a post in the Huffington Post from last week about the Amazon Buy Button Program.

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link in Mr. Milliot's post and the link from Panzer's post last week, bring an extra thermos of tea and another half dozen muffins.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Buy Button Program

To read Panzer's previous post about the Amazon Buy Button Program controversy, tootle over to book publishers and buy buttons

Monday, May 15, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on bravery:

You may not know this, but I'm one very tough kitty.

I'm not afraid of anybody. Neither man nor beast.

But ...

Vacuum cleaners?

 Are another matter.

And a slow-moving full-grown cat.
There's the noise ...

And ...

It sucks up everything in it's path ...

Paper balls, feathers, cat toys.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Draft2Digital Now Distributes to Kobo Plus - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity took our fun-loving kitty to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Draft2Digital.

This is worth looking into.
According to site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, Draft2Digital has added Kobo Plus to their distribution channels. Kobo Plus is Kobo's ebook subscription service and distributes to the Netherlands and Belgium. The service is similar in structure to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited (KU) in that authors receive payment from a funding pool. Readers must complete at least 20 percent of an ebook before payment is issued. Unlike KU, Kobo Plus doesn't restrict distribution. However, Kobo Plus does require an ebook to remain in the program for 6 months as opposed to Amazon's three months program requirement. Draft2Digital is a competitor of Smashwords. Both distribute ebooks to online retailers. At this time Smashwords does not offer a Kobo Plus channel. The post includes links for more information about Kobo Plus.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Draft2Digital looks interesting. I already use Smashwords, maybe I should add Draft2Digital for my ebooks too."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection; but, if you plan to follow the links in the post too, bring a muffin as well.

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Publishers Are Whining About Amazon Giving the Buy Button to the Seller w/ the Lowest Price - The Digital Reader

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about Amazon.

According to site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, a lot of book publishers are upset about Amazon's new practice of awarding a book's Buy Button to the seller with the lowest priced offer for the book. This is true even if the seller may not be the publisher of the book. Using a post from the Huffington Post site by book publisher Brooke Warner, Mr. Hoffelder addresses the issues brought up in the post for his responses. Several of his responses relate to the fact that the non-publisher sellers in question couldn't offer the books at a lower price if they hadn't already purchased the books themselves or been given them as review copies. Mr. Hoffelder addresses other issues in his post as well.
Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

Panzer says, "I checked all my books and all my Buy Buttons are my own."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In a Suprise Move, TNG Acquires Ingram Periodicals - Publishing Executive

That was totally unexpected.
Today, Panzer was taking an enjoyable, relaxing trip around the Catosphere. When, suddenly, the Panzermobile was buffeted by a cacophony of crying and howling. Following all the wailing, took our brave kitty boy to the Publishing Executive site. There he found a post about Ingram Periodicals.

According to the post by Linda Ruth, in an unforeseen move North American periodicals distributor TNG bought Ingram Periodicals. Even before the acquisition, TNG was already the largest distributor of periodicals. Smaller publications believe they may become lost in TNG's large distribution organization. There are, however, some advantages for them in the acquisition. Ingram Periodicals delivers periodicals to retail outlets by UPS. TNG has there own delivery trucks and can deliver at specified times. It also appears TNG has a wider distribution system than Ingram Periodicals which will increase sales possibilities. Other details about the acquisition are included in the post.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... With more markets it might be good for the sales of magazines."

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 Ingram Periodicals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on nature:

Today, Mom told What's His Name, "Those Blue Jays are great to see in the backyard."

And then she told me, " So, you leave those birds alone."

She knows me too well. I agree, birds are great to see in the backyard and ...

Best of all ... they're fun to chase and catch.

Hey ... Wait a minute.

Look at those things.

I mean ...

Nope. Not catching one of them.
Those Blue Jays are pretty big ...

They've got huge, powerful beaks ...

Listen to their noisy trash talk ...

And those beady little eyes are watching me wherever I go.




Thursday, May 4, 2017

'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print - The Guardian

I hate thunder and lightening.
We've been having thunder storms all afternoon, so Panzer's trip into the Catosphere was very short. Our brave kitty stopped in at The Guardian site. There he found a post about the decline in ebook sales in the UK.

According to the post at The Guardian, 2016 ebook sales declined by 17 percent in the Uk. One of the main reasons mentioned in the post is consumers switching from ereaders to smartphones. Smartphone screens are not as easy to read on as ereader screens. Along with the lack of ease of use of smartphones is the fact children's books are more appropriate in printed form. The post includes other reasons for the decline as well.

Panzer says, "Sorry about the short trip, but the Panzermobile isn't soundproof."

Note: This is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to ebook sales plunge

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Amazon launches self-service subscription marketplace - Talking New Media

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our speedy kitty boy stopped in at the Talking New Media site. There he found a post about a new service Amazon is offering.

Is there anything Amazon can't do?
According to the post by D.B. Hebbard, Amazon is now offering a new digital subscription service sales platform. Digital subscription providers can sign up for the new Subscribe with Amazon service. Subscription providers will receive 70 percent of the subscription fee for the first year and 85 percent if the subscription is renewed after the first year. The post includes a copy of Amazon's press release and the link to sign up for the service.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty wonders if Mom could sell subscriptions to this blog?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Onyx Boox Max Carta eReader

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he happened to hear some mumbling and grumbling ahead of the Panzermobile. Following the noises took our brave kitty to the liliputing site. With a little digging he discovered a post about the Onyx Boox Max Carta.

With a large screen it looks interesting.
According to the post by Brad Linder, the upgrade for the Onyx Boox Max is out. The new Onyx Boox Max Carta offers an E Ink Carta 2000 x 1650 pixel display offering a higher resolution display than the Onyx Boox Max. The device also has a 13.3 inch screen making it one of only three large screen ereaders. Currently, the ereader is only available in Germany and China. There are several other features discussed in the post.

Panzer says, "Be sure and read the Comments section. There some interesting views presented there."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin if you plan to read today's selection; but, if you plan to read the Comments section too, bring an extra muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Onyx Boox Max Carta

Monday, May 1, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on appropriate discipline:

Oops ...

It appears the litter box tipped over while I was nearby.

It just sort of rolled over.

And now ...

What's His Name pushed me away with the broom ...

And now ...

He's carrying on in his whiny, annoying baby voice saying, "Bad Kitty. Bad Kitty."
Bad Kitty? That's an oxymoron.

So ...

What would a Bad Kitty do?

Hmm ...

Sharpen his claws on somebody's leg?


Saturday, April 29, 2017

How to kill a New York Times Bestseller - Book Business

Today, Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile when he saw something crumpled up under the passenger seat. Spreading it out flat our ingenious kitty discovered it was a post from the Book Business site about marketing books.

I really need a rest after all that work.
According to the post by Rob Eagar, some book publishers aren't taking advantage of the "New York Times Bestseller" factor. Mr. Eagar points out book buyers want New York Times (NYT) bestsellers. Quoting from The Shatzkin Files blog he says, 69 percent of all books (print, ebook and audio) are sold online. Therefore, publishers should include the NYT bestseller designation in a book description. However, many publishers don't and this results in lost sales to readers looking for them. Mr. Eagar demonstrates how publishers can follow the example of their competition and easily use the NYT bestseller designation at online retail sites.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe this is where indie authors have an advantage. There are several indies I've seen who use their mailing list to reach NYT bestseller status."

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

To read the post, tootle over to New York Times bestseller

Friday, April 28, 2017

EU Lawmakers Add Spotify and iTunes to Ban on Geo-Blocking - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard booing and hissing coming from ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the noise took him to The Digital Reader site. There our big brave kitty found a post about geo-blocking and the European Union.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, the European Union (EU) Commission voted to ban geo-blocking. Our traveling kitty wanted to what geo-blocking is. Reading the post he believes it's when an online retailer redirects you to one of their shopping sites in your own country, instead of the cheaper site in a different country you wanted to go to. The EU also added retailers who sell copyrighted materials to the ban. This means sites such as Spotify and iTunes can no longer redirect you to purchase your membership/service in your own country. Needless to say, this does not bode well for online retailers.

I'll never understand humans.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Almost at the bottom of the post is the example that you could buy a product from an online retailer in another country even if there's no delivery to your country. Umm ... Why would you do that? It would cost you a small fortune to get it to you ... If you could even get it from the other country."

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

To read the post, tootle over to European Union lawmakers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

B&N Names Demos Parneros CEO - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. There our inquisitive kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble has a new CEO. Demos Parneros has been named to take over the position from Len Riggio. Mr. Parneros has been functioning in the Chief Operating Officer position since he was hired in November 2016. Mr. Parneros came to Barnes and Noble after leaving his position as President of Staples. In addition to the announcement of Mr. Parneros' appointment to the CEO position, there's information on Barnes and Noble's most recent sales figures included in the post.

I'll be watching what happens.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... At the end of the post there are some interesting hints about the possiblity of coming closings of some Barnes and Noble bricks and mortar stores."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble CEO

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BISG's Making Information Pay Highlights Print, Audiobooks Resurgence - Publishers Weekly

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. There our traveling kitty reporter found a post about the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).

According to the post by Ed Nawotka, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) reported on the increases in print book and audiobook sales. In 2016 hardcover book sales were higher than ebook sales. This hasn't happened in five years. The decline in ebook sales is attributed to readers switching from ereaders to smartphones. In 2015 (latest available information) audiobook sales increased by 27 percent. The increase is attributed to indie authors now being able to go to Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) and do their own audiobooks. Other information is included in the post.
I'll practice my voice exercises.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Smartphones? Time for Amazon Short Reads? ... And audiobooks? ... Mom. Where's the microphone? This kitty is ready to record his book."

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

To read the post, tootle over to print and audiobook

Monday, April 24, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on gifts:

Mom and What's His Name had an anniversary a few days ago.
 
I keep trying to forget how long he's been here. Poor Mom.

But ... at least What's His Name came home with a big bunch of gladiolas.

They smelled great but ...

the taste made my mouth pucker but ...
Hey, I thought he got them for me.

I was a good kitty and ...

tasted each one hoping to find a good one.

What's His Name sure looks funny when his face gets all red.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Amazon Opens Second Bookstore In Massachusetts - Publishers Weekly (PW)

I'll feel better after my nap.
Panzer had to make his annual visit to the veterinarian today, so his trip into the Catosphere was a quick one. Our speedy kitty boy made a stop at the Publishers Weekly site where he found a post about Amazon.

According to the post by Alex Green, all the rumors and speculation were true. Amazon opened their second Massachusetts Amazon Books bookstore on April 18. This one is in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Like other Amazon Books bookstores Amazon Prime members get a discount on books and devices, but other customers pay full price.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Amazon opened a second store in Massachusetts ... and ... they already have a big warehouse there ... and ... there's rumors they're looking for office space there. This kitty wonders if there will be an east coast Amazon headquarters in Massachusetts?"

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 Amazon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche - The Seattle Times

I didn't know Amazon did that.
Today, Panzer made a trip to The Seattle Times newspaper site. There our kitty reporter found a post about Amazon. The post appeared first in the newspaper's print edition.

According to the post by Angel Gonzalez, Amazon has made a large impact in the literary translation market. In 2010 the AmazonCrossing division of Amazon began publishing English translations of foreign fiction titles. By the end of 2016 AmazonCrossing had 10 percent of the U.S. translation publishing market. The post includes a chart illustrating statics showing AmazonCrossing translated books from 15 languages in 2016.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty can translate from cat speak to human speak for Amazon."

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

To read the post, tootle over to AmazonCrossingass

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh Lord, please don't let Google Book Search be Misunderstood - Teleread

Be like a cat. Don't fight. Take a nap.
Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere minding his own kitty business when the Panzermobile got buffeted by all kinds of noise. Following the cacophony took our brave traveling kitty boy to the Teleread site. There he found a post about Google Book Search.

According to the post by Chris Meadows, the brouhaha about Google Book Search is heating up again. Panzer told you about a post at Backchannel by Scott Rosenberg about Google Book Search having gotten "lost" in the decade it was embroiled in a court action, but that it's still scanning books. It appears Mr. Rosenberg's post got bloggers posting their rebuttals and opinions to his post. Mr. Meadows posts that all Google Book Search is is an "indexing tool for a search engine." The post contains links to other posts involved in the back and forth postings.

Panzer says, "This kitty will never understand humans. The court decided over a year ago ... So ... Non of it doesn't matters anymore."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post with links to other posts. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins. If you plan to follow the links to other posts, bring a second thermos of tea and another half dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap.

To read the Teleread post, tootle over to Google Book Search

To read Panzer's post about Scott Rosenberg's Backchannel post, tootle over to How Google Book Search Got Lost

Monday, April 17, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on his Kitty Bucket List:

Just thinking about it tastes good.
What's His Name is yelling in his bad voice and shaking his finger at Mom's sweet kitty boy.

Blah! Blah! Blah!

I'd pay more attention to him if he was yelling about cat food or a trip to Disneyland where that big mouse lives.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Is Acquiring Ediciones B - Publishing Perspective

Today's trip took Panzer to the Publishing Perspective site. With only a little digging around he found a post about Penguin Random House.

According to a post by Porter Anderson, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE) is acquiring Ediciones B from Grupo Zeta. Ediciones B will add to PRHGE's expansion in the Spanish speaking marketplace begun with the earlier acquisition of Santillana Ediciones Generales. All Ediciones B's imprints will remain intact and continue publishing digital and print books.
It's a simple question.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know why Penguin Random House is buying all these Spanish language publishing imprints."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trending Up: What's Fueling and Feeding the Audiobook Boom? - Digital Book World (DBW)

Today, Panzer stopped in at the Digital Book World (DBW) site. He hasn't been there for a while. After some digging our traveling kitty reporter found a post about the growth of audiobooks.

A kitty nap-time audiobook, please.
According to the post by Beth Bacon, audiobooks have been generating increasing sales and readership. The post attributes the increases to four things. The first is the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, apps for cars, and in-home audio equipment. The second is the addition of younger listeners (20s) to the already established listeners (30s through 50s). The third is the ease with which authors, publishers and agents can produce audiobooks. And, finally, the fourth is the expanded availability of audiobooks in libraries and multiple online retail locations.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... In-home audio equipment? ... Apps for cars? ... Those are new ones to this little kitty."

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

To read the post, tootle over to audiobooks

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How Google Book Search Got Lost - BackChannel

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to a site he's never visited before called BackChannel. There our curious kitty boy found a post about Google Books.*

After all that I really need a nap.
According to the post by Scott Rosenberg, Google Books is still alive and scanning. Over a decade ago Google began scanning the contents of books. When authors and publishers learned about what Google was doing a court battle was begun over the copyright holders legal right to stop Google. After the decade long court battle was finally decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Google's favor, Mr. Rosenberg went searching to find out what Google Books was doing now. Turns out more than 25 million books have been scanned into the Google Books database and more are added every day. A lot of history and explanation about Google and Google Books is also included in this post.

Panzer says, "This little kitty didn't know they spent that whole decade scanning books.  What would they have done with all those scanned book files if they lost in court?"

Note: This is a t-r-e-m-e-n-d-o-u-s-l-y h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring three thermoses of tea and three dozen donuts and a sleeping bag for two naps for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Google Book Search


*Panzer gives a tip of the fedora to The Digital Reader  site for the link to this BackChannel post.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the news:

Tonight's news is really confusing to me.

The TV guy is whining about traffic jams on the streets.

I don't understand

What's the problem?
I'm not picky about my jam.

I mean ...

I like jam ... all kinds of jams.

Maybe ...

If you make it the flavor of the month, you'll like it.






Friday, April 7, 2017

Kobo Acquires Shelfie Technology Platform - Publishers' Weekly (PW)

She always hides it.
Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers' Weekly site. There our traveling kitty boy found a post about Kobo and Shelfie.

According to the post by Calvin Reid, Shelfie has been resurrected from its late January demise by Kobo. Shelfie has been reincarnated as a part of Kobo. Kobo now owns all of Shelfie's assets, including the staff and platform. The Shelfie service allowed readers who purchased print books to send photos of their purchase to receive digital copies of those books.

Panzer says, "Now where did Mom put her cellphone with the camera in it?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Kobo

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Hugo Award Finalists Announced - Tor.com

Today, Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere. Within seconds of starting his journey, the Panzermobile was knocked off course by yelling and cheering and clapping. Following all the noise took our intrepid kitty to the Tor.com site. There he discovered the finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards.

The post on the Tor.com site lists all 108 finalists on the ballot for this year's Hugo Awards. There are 18 different categories ranging from Best Novel to Best Fanzine and Best Novella to Best Fan Artist. Voting ends on July 15. The 75th World Science Fiction Convention will be held August 9 - 13. The Awards will be presented August 11, 2017 at the Convention.

Umm ... Is Finland cold?
Panzer says, "Hmm ... The Convention is being held in Helsinki, Finland ... I wonder if they have a landing pad for the Panzermobile?"

Note: With 18 categories and 108 finalists this is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a thermos of tea, a dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap.

To read the post, tootle over to Hugo Award finalists

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nook for Android Updated with Voice Search - The Digital Reader

Does it understand what meow means?
Today, Panzer made a quick stop at The Digital Reader site. There our speedy kitty traveler found a post about Barnes and Noble.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Barnes and Noble has updated the Nook Android app. Now, you have the ability to search for your next reading selection by voice. There are also several other new and updated features for the app. For example you can now share your favorite highlights.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty wants to know if they will be updating the computer app for Mom's laptop, too."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Nook Android Updated

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Amazon Opening Second NYC Bookstore - Publishers' Weekly

So much noise I've got a headache.
Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere enjoying the solitude, when the Panzermobile was buffeted by cheering and clapping. Following the brouhaha took our fearless kitty traveler to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, it's now official. Amazon is opening a second Amazon Books bricks and mortar bookstore in New York City (NYC). Plans are to open the new store this summer. This will be Amazon's eleventh bricks and mortar store. Amazon is already hiring employees for the store.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... The other Amazon Books bookstores must be doing well with their sales to get Amazon to keep opening new stores this fast."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Books

Monday, April 3, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the purpose of naps:

Why worry? It's already over.*
I never worry about the future.

Never.

By the time I wake up from my nap, the future has already come and gone.


* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, March 31, 2017

Yahoo Japan Outsources its eBookstore - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site. There our speedy kitty found a post about Yahoo.

An ebookstore? I didn't know about that.
According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Yahoo Japan is outsourcing the management and marketing of its ebook store to Ebook Initiative Japan. In the post Mr. Hoffelder states the outsourcing makes sense based on Yahoo's pending sale to Verizon. The post includes a link to Yahoo Japan's press release; however,  it's in Japanese.

Panzer says, "This little kitty is wondering what will happen to Yahoo after the sale to Verizon goes through."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Yahoo Japan Outsources its eBookstore

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Microsoft Unveils Digital Bookstore - Publishers' Weekly

Today, Panzer was making a leisurely trip around the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by laughing and guffawing. Following all the jocularity, took our inquisitive kitty to the Publishers' Weekly (PW) site. There he discovered a post about Microsoft.

According to Calvin Reid's post, Microsoft has plans to open a retail digital bookstore. Quoting from a post at the Good E-Reader site, Mr. Reid says Microsoft will have hundreds of thousands (no specific number anywhere) of ebooks available. Microsoft's April upgrade to the Windows 10 Edge browser will make it easier to read ebooks on your computer, laptop or tablet. The post includes a link to the quoted Good E-Reader post and one to an earlier The Verge post.
A little slow in your old age MS?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty thinks Microsoft is coming to the party a little late. All the customer party goers have already picked their ereader dance partners."

Note: This is a shortish-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the two included links, bring another cup of tea and a whole muffin too.

To read the post, tootle over to Microsoft digital bookstore

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Amazon to Acquire SOUQ.com - Business Wire

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Business Wire site. There our traveling kitty found a post about Amazon.

According to the press release there, Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Middle East e-commerce marketplace SOUQ.com. The company sells women's, men's and children's products, electronics and a wide selection of other products. This acquisition will allow Amazon access to the Arab world market. If you are interested in learning more about SOUQ.com, scroll all the way to the bottom of the information section about SOUQ.com and there's a link to the company's marketplace site.

You know Amazon owns the world.
Panzer says, "Amazon just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to go to the SOUQ.com site, bring a muffin too.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Every Amazon Books Location, Mapped - Publishers' Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard ohing and ahing coming from outside. Following all the noise, took our kitty boy to the Publishers' Weekly (PW) site. With no digging at all he found a post about Amazon's bricks and mortar stores.

Is this a building frenzy?
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Amazon has announced the projected opening of five more bricks and mortar stores in 2017. These five new stores will join the five already opened for a total of ten. Two of the already opened stores have cafes, but it's unknown if any of the upcoming five stores will include this feature. There's a map included in the post that shows the locations of the current bricks and mortar stores and the proposed locations for the new ones.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Is there going to be one near you?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon bricks and mortar stores

Monday, March 27, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on technology:

Today, Mom and What's His Name were talking about that World Wide Spider Web.
What's His Name got lost in it and Mom was trying to help him find his way out.

Well, I can help them because I have that thing all figured out.

It's like those dark and gloomy spaces under Mom's furniture.

If you keep digging around ...

Eventually ...
Oh look, What's His Name's wallet.*

After you get all the dust bunnies out of the cobwebs ...

You find the good stuff ...

like my feather, my string, my catnip-filled mouse.



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fact Check: Amazon to "Collect" Sales Tax in All US States - The Digital Reader

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. There our adventuresome kitty boy found a post about Amazon's sales tax collections.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon's newest announcement about the states' sales tax collections the company is doing appears to be causing some confusion. Apparently, the sales tax collections aren't what they're being professed by some to be. Yesterday, Panzer told you about Amazon's agreement with Maine to begin collecting sales tax on the company's sales to Maine residents. Mr. Hoffelder points out in his post that Amazon will only be collecting sales tax on their own sales to Maine residents not the sales made by merchants who use Amazon's platform for their sales to Maine residents.
It's not a secret how it works.

This same procedure of merchants collecting and paying their own taxes applies to all the states Amazon collects sales taxes in for the company's sales.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Mom and my books (paperbacks) and other stuff are sold on the Amazon platform. Amazon doesn't collect sales tax for our sales. We pay the sales tax (use tax) to our state for the sales."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of cocoa and muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon sales tax

To read yesterday's post about Amazon collecting sales tax for Maine (and other states), tootle over to Maine sales taxes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes in Maine next month - Yahoo! Finance

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Yahoo! Finance site. There our kitty investigator found a post about Amazon.

It's not going to happen..
According to the Associated Press post, Amazon plans to begin collecting a 5.5 percent sales tax on all products sold to Maine residents. Businesses located in Maine and selling products there are required to collect the sales tax. The state wants businesses located outside the state boundaries to collect the same sales tax and Amazon has now agreed to do this.  Amazon also plans to begin collecting sales taxes in Hawaii, Idaho and New Mexico.

Panzer says, "Don't even start thinking about sales taxing my catnip ... or ... you'll be sorry."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon collecting Maine sales tax

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hachette Partners with Wattpad to Produce Audiobooks - Publishers' Weekly

When Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile today, he found a post scrunched under the passenger seat. Spreading out the post, our fastidious kitty discovered it was from a trip he made to the Publishers' Weekly site. The post was about Hachette and Wattpad's new partnership.

Mom's feeling better.
According to the post by Calvin Reid, Hachette and Wattpad are partnering to produce audiobooks. The audiobooks will use popular Wattpad author's stories. Plans are to have 50 audiobooks available in the summer of this year. They will be available at iTunes and other sellers. No titles or authors have been announced yet.

Panzer says, "It makes this little kitty want to post some of his work at Wattpad. Maybe it will become popular with the readers there."

Note: This is a 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 Hachette and Wattpad

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sick Days

Mom's been sick for the last three days. She's feeling better and plans to post tomorrow.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day












In Face of NEA Cuts, Small Presses Worry About Their Futures - Publishers' Weekly

Today Panzer was taking his afternoon nap when his cat bed was shaken by screaming and crying coming from the Catosphere. Our sleepy kitty jumped in Panzermobile and headed out. Following all the noise took him to the Publishers' Weekly (PW) site. There he found a post about the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Cats had nothing to do with him. You did it.
According to the post by Jason Boog, President Donald Trump's budget for the U.S. government has been given to Congress. As rumored earlier, the President's budget cuts all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and, therefore, effectively closing the agency. This proposed budget will certainly have a negative impact on small presses. Small presses receive money through sources who themselves receive NEA money. Some presses will be forced to close and others will be tightening their own budgets.

Panzer says, "Umm ... I wonder if there's even more bad news for writers and publishers in this budget."

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 NEA cuts

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print - The Guardian

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took our adventuresome kitty to The Guardian site. With just a little digging he found a post about UK ebook sales.

According to the post by Sian Cain, quoting from the Nielsen Book Research UK, ebook sales were down in the U.K. in 2016. Ebook sales fell 4 perceent for the year while physical book sales were up by 2 percent. The increase in print sales in 2016 was due to children's physical book sales. This is the second year of physical book sales increase. The increase in 2015 was due to adult coloring book sales.

Hmm ... Are print books coming back?
Panzer says, "Maybe ebook authors should pay attention to what's happening in the U.K. It just might be spreading."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Ebook sales

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

London Book Fair 2017: For Publishers, Business Is Booming, But Brexit Means Uncertainty - Publishers' Weekly

Today Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile when he heard grumbling and questioning noises coming from the Catosphere ahead of him. It only took our traveling kitty a short time to find the hubbub was coming from the Publishers' Weekly (PW) site. With a little digging he found a post about the London Book Fair (LBF) that was raising all the questions.

According to the post at the Publishers' Weekly site, the London Book Fair opened with discussions about the questions of how Brexit will effect publishing in the UK. UK Publishers Association chief executive Stephen Lotinga, DK Publishing CEO Ian Hudson, and HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne discussed the uncertainties of issues of free trade, currency, and copyright among others.

Panzer says, "Brexit is turning out not to be simple for the publishing industry."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of cocoa and two chocolate cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to London Book Fair 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amazon May Be Looking to Book Space in L.A. - Los Angeles Business Journal

Hmm ... Is that ll stores now?
Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Los Angeles Business Journal site. There our inquisitive kitty found a post about Amazon.

According to the post by Daina Beth Solomon, several real estate individuals have reported that Amazon is considering opening another bricks and mortar store in California. These same real estate individuals say Amazon has expressed interest in the California locations over the past few months. Rumors abound about several Mall locations in and around Los Angeles. The Century City Mall is believed to be the final choice. Amazon spokespersons have not affirmed any of the speculations.

Panzer says, "The sales from Amazon's bricks and mortar stores must be pretty good if they're opening another store so soon."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Monday, March 13, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the Zen of teaching cats:

When you tell a dog to sit,
it means he can relax and get off
his feet for a minute.

But ...

if you tell a cat to sit,
Listen to me ... It's not going to happen.*
that cat has to wake up, stretch,

and ...

then get up to sit.

No, I think you can take sit off the list of things to teach a cat.



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Libro.fm Launches Audiobook Subscriptions - The Digital Reader

A kitty's work is never done.
Panzer was sweeping out the Panzermobile when he notice a post stuffed under the passenger seat. Flattening it out, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from The Digital Reader site about Libro.fm.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, audiobook seller Libro.fm has announced a new audiobook subscription service. The subscriptions will be $15.00 ($14.99) per month. The post includes a link to the Libro.fm site which includes information not included in Mr. Hoffelder's post. The $14.99 membership/subscription fee allows the reader one audiobook for the month, then each additional audiobook is 30 per cent off the regular price from their 70,000 audiobook inventory. Currently, the first month's signup fee is $0.99 to "try out" the service. You can cancel the service at any time. The service is only available in the U.S. and Canada.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... I'd like to see the whole list of audiobooks first. And as always, read everything carefully."

Note: The original post is short. Bring a half a cup of tea for today's reading selection; but, if you plan to follow the link to the Libro.fm site, bring an extra cup of tea and a muffin and a doughnut.

To read the post, tootle over to Libro.fm

Friday, March 10, 2017

The science of why cats like getting into boxes and peering menacingly over the edge - BoingBoing

Peak-a-boo! I see you!
Panzer was shaken from his evening nap by laughing and clapping. Taking the Panzermobile into the Catosphere he discovered all the hoopla was coming from the BoingBoing site. It didn't take any digging at all to find the post about cats and boxes that was causing all the noise.

According to the post by Rob Beschizza, cats like boxes because ... we're predators ... and ... we're bored in the house. There's a video explaining it all to you humans.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Humans needed science and a video to explain we're predators."

Note: This is a two minute video. Bring a cup of tea and sit on comfortable chair watch it.

To watch the video, tootle over to Cats and boxes

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