Friday, October 20, 2017

Introducing the Smart Author Podcast - Smashwords

Today's trip in the Catosphere took Panzer to the Smashwords blog site. There our intrepid traveling kitty found a post about Smashwords new podcast.

Finally ... Nap time.
According to the post by Smashwords founder Mark Coker, the ebook distributor is introducing a new podcast called the Smart Author. The podcast will launch on October 27 with four episodes. After the launch it will become a one episode a week podcast. The post includes a schedule with episode titles and signup information.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Four episodes all at once. That's two and a half hours. This little kitty better make sure he doesn't make any plans for October 27."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Smashwords: Introducing the Smart Author Podcast

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Surprising Suitor for Amazon Headquarters II - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard chortling and snickering coming from ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the frivolity took our inquisitive kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon's Headquarters II.

According to the post by Kenny Brechner, the planet Saturn has entered the competition for the location of Amazon's Headquarters II (HQ2). The post is an interview with Saturn's representative Don Smilk. He uses Alexa to communicate with Mr. Brechner for the interview. Apparently, Saturn has big plans for HQ2 and is offering Amazon real estate, no taxes, free labor, Alexans and more.

The Amazon silliness ends tonight.
Panzer says, "There was the city that wanted to send Amazon a cactus. And the city that offered to change their name. And just last night the city that lit up in Amazon orange. So why shouldn't Saturn get into the competition?"

Note: This is a shortish-long post.  Don't bring any tea or muffins for today's reading selection. You'll just make a mess when you spit it all over from your laughing.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon HQ2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

KDP Jumpstart Guides Authors Through the Steps of Publishing a Book - The Digial Reader

I'm fine. Back to normal. Nap time.
We didn't post yesterday because Panzer had to go to the veterinarian for a follow-up visit for his surgery. The vet said our kitty boy is totally recovered.

So Panzer hit the fuel pedal in the Panzermobile today and went exploring in the Catosphere. Our traveling bad boy stopped in at The Digital Reader site. With a little digging, he found a post about Amazon's new KDP Jumpstart program.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon sent an email out on October 16 about their new training for authors called KDP Jumpstart. In the training authors learn all the steps to publish on the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. The post includes a link to the KDP Jumpstart program page.

Panzer says, "This little kitty got the same email. It looks like good training for authors so we don't have to search all over to get help."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to the training sessions, bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post, tootle over to KDP Jumpstart

Monday, October 16, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on plausible deniability:

Here's an exercise for my cat friends to try.

You know that key fob Mom has for her new car?

Well, if you pounce on it just right, the car'e horn goes off in the driveway.
Me? I was asleep. *
Pounce again and the same thing happens.

For the best results, it needs to be done at 3 a.m.

Just be sure to be curled up in a ball on the chair far away from the key fob, when Mom comes running downstairs at the noise.



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, October 13, 2017

CreateSpace Is Closing Its Online Bookstore - GoodEreader

Today, Panzer's trip in the Catosphere was interrupted by the Panzermobile being buffeted by crying and moaning coming from outside. Following all the noise took our kitty boy to the GoodEreader site. It only took a little digging to find the post causing all the angst was about the CreateSpace online bookstore.

I am not a happy kitty.
According to the post by Mercy Pilkington, Amazon's CreateSpace has announced the closure of their popular online bookstore on October 31. Indie authors and publishers who used the CreateSpace platform to publish their paperback books had the option to sell through the CreateSpace online bookstore. The main reason for authors and publishers to use the bookstore was the royalties. CreateSpace bookstore paid 80 percent royalty on sales compared to the Amazon bookstore's 60 percent. There's a link at the end of the post to the CreateSpace announcement about the closure.

Panzer says, "It's enough to make a grown kitty yowl. Cat Wisdom for Humans is available at the CreateSpace bookstore with the 80 percent royalty and, now, it's not even worth the time to put up the buy link here."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to the CreateSpace announcement bring another cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Createspace

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ingram Expands Into Spain - Publishers Weekly

I'm definitely looking into this.
On Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today, he found some interesting news at the Publishers Weekly site. With just a little digging our inquisitive kitty discovered Ingram's Lightning Source has made an agreement with Spain's PodiPrint.

According to the Publishers Weekly news brief, Ingram's Lightning Source has entered into an agreement with Spain's PodiPrint to add it to Lightning Source's Global Connect program. Authors using Ingram will now have foreign distribution in Spain. Also included in the post are the other countries participating in the Global Connect program.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe this little kitty needs to use Ingram for his paperback books distribution."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Ingram

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Meet the All-New Kindle Oasis: Featuring a 7-inch, 300 ppi Display, Waterproof Design, and Audible - Amazon Press Release

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by cheering and clapping. Following all the hullabaloo took our intrepid kitty traveler to the Amazon Press Site. With no digging at all Panzer found a press release about the new Kindle Oasis.

According to the post, the Amazon Kindle Oasis has several new features. First is that the Oasis is waterproof for up to 60 minutes in freshwater. Second is its battery lasts for weeks on a single charge. Third is its 7-inch Paperwhite display. Fourth is it comes with Audible. Fifth is the Oasis has two memory options: 8 GB for your ebook storage or 32 GB for your ebooks and for large audiobook and other files. Other features are described in the press release as well. The press release also includes a link to place an order for the Oasis, which will ship on Halloween (October 31).

I deserve a nap after all this.
Panzer says, "MeWow! Waterproof! ... Now I won't get in trouble for my magic right paw pitch and the toilet bowl."

Note: This is an exceptionally l-o-n-g press release. Bring two thermoses of tea and a dozen pumpkin muffins and a dozen chocolate chip cookies.

To read the press release, tootle over to Kindle Oasis

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Canada's Entertainment One Is Wattpad's Newest Content Partner - Publishing Perspectives

I'm feeling much better today.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today just enjoying the quiet. Our nearly totally recovered kitty boy decided to make a stop at the Publishing Perspectives site. There he found a post about Wattpad.

According to the post by Porter Anderson, Wattpad has announced a new content partnership with Canada's Entertainment One. (Wattpad is also a Canadian company.) Entertainment One distributes TV series and movies for other companies and produces and distributes its own TV series and movies, as well as licensing other materials. Wattpad began as a reading and writing platform, but has expanded into other areas through partnerships like this one. The post includes several links to other posts and announcements about Entertainment One and Wattpad.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty isn't sure if posting your writing to Wattpad is worth the effort anymore. Wattpad used to be a fun place to discover new writers. Now, it seems like it's turning into just another business."

Note: This is a h-u-m-u-n-g-o-u-s post with all the links. Bring a thermos of tea, a dozen muffins, half a dozen chocolate chip cookies and your sleeping bag for a nap in the middle.

To read the post, tootle over to Canada's Entertainment One and Wattpad

Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on going to the veterinarian's:

A riddle for you:

What does Panzer call a trip to the vet's office?

Answer:
Singing practice.
Mee-yohw! ... Mee-yohw! ... Mee-yohw!

You can sing along if you want. *
And a second riddle for you:

How does Panzer know when he's hit the right high note?

Answer:
The cars in front of Mom's car pull over and look for the red and blue flashing lights on the police car.



* Panzer is still recovering from last week's surgery at the vet's office, so here's a Panzerism from his book Cat Wisdom for Humans.

Friday, October 6, 2017

IBPA's Fall 2017 Update on the Amazon Buy Button Policy Change - IBPA

I'm feel better, Mom. Really I do.
Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) site. There our nearly recovered kitty found a post about Amazon's Buy Button policy.

The post is an email letter from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) about Amazon's Buy Button policy. The policy allows third party vendors to sell an author or a publishers' book at a reduced price and "win" the buy button for the book at Amazon. Specifically, the book is supposed to be "new." The IBPA, however, reports they and some member authors and publishers have discovered "used" books on sale as "new." According to the post, although Amazon has been contacted by authors and publishers with complaints, the company has chosen not to address them. Also included in the post are ways to document third party vendor violations and where to report them to Amazon.

Panzer says, "It's interesting how the post says these third party vendors are getting the books they're selling."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins and three chocolate chip cookes.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon buy button

Thursday, October 5, 2017

E-book Sales Up in May, for First Time in in (suc) Two Years - Publishers Weekly

I'm feeling better.
Panzer is feeling a little better today. He decided to do some cleaning in the Panzermobile. Our recovering kitty boy found a wadded up post under the passenger seat. Smoothing out the post he discovered it was from last week's trip to the Publishers Weekly site and is about ebook sales in May.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, the trade publishers group Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced in a press release that for the first time in two years ebook sales showed an increase. The 2.4 increase was for the sales in May 2017 over May 2016. The AAP based the increased sales figures on information provided by the 1,204 reporting publisher members for the Statshot program.

Panzer says, "Umm ... It's only one month. Let's wait for June before you start celebrating."

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

To read the post, tootle over to e-book sales

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

EU orders Amazon to pay $295 million in Luxembourg back taxes - Robert-Jan Bartunek

Panzer is feeling a little better today, so he took a short trip into the Catosphere. Our sick little kitty boy made a quick stop at the Yahoo! Finance site. There he found a post from the Reuters news service about Amazon.

With antibiotics and pain pills I feel better.
According to the post by Robert-Jan Bartunek, the European Union (EU) is cracking down on what they consider special tax deals within certain member countries of which Luxembourg is one. Therefore, the EU has ordered Amazon to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg. Amazon contends the company already paid all of their required taxes to Luxembourg. Luxembourg also says the EU is wrong in their computations and judgement. There is a video at the top of the post about the European Union's tax assessments.

Panzer says, "This little kitty is confused. The EU gets to decide how much taxes a member country can charge and who they can charge?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon taxes

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Kindle Unlimited Is Not Here To Make Friends - Gene Doucette

Ugh! The vet said four more days.
Panzer will be recovering for the rest of the week, so he'll be catching up by reporting on some of the posts he gathered before he got sick.

One of the places Panzer visited was Gene Doucette's site. He found a post there about Amazon's Kindle Unlimited (KU) service.

Gene Doucette begins his post with a description of the Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscription service from the reader's perspective and from the author's perspective. He then moves into Amazon's page counting system and how the reader's page reads are computed. Also included in this section is the funding pool from which authors are paid for the page reads. Finally, he discusses the merits of the Amazon exclusivity clause for authors.

Panzer says, "This little kitty has never used Kindle Unlimited, because he has a lot of Kobo and Barnes and Noble Nook readers."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle Unlimited

Monday, October 2, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the Kitty Toy Hall of Fame:

Save your money, Mom. Read the list.*
1. Wadded up ball of paper
2. Paper bag (Tied for 2nd Place)
2. Cardboard box (Tied for 2nd Place)
3. Shadows on the wall
4. Grape
5. Fly




*Panzer is at the vet. Today's Panzerism is from his book Cat Wisdom for Humans.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

EU is voting on 'dysfunctional' copyright proposal October 10 - TNW

Mom says I'll be better soon.
Panzer thought you might like to read some interesting news he discovered earlier this week before he got too sick to travel.

On a trip into the Catosphere our kitty boy stopped in at The Next Web (TNW) site. There he found a post about the European Union's (EU) proposal to make changes to the copyright law.

The post by Mar Masson Maack extensively quotes and uses information provided by Mozilla executive Raegan MacDonald. According to the post the copyright proposal would make open platforms responsible for what users post. This means platforms would have to filter and monitor every user's posts and uploads, or run the risk of being sued. Another portion of the copyright proposal would prohibit the use of a headline and quotes from a news site without a license from the publisher. Included at the end of the post is a link to Mozilla's "Call Tool" to contact the European Parliament.

Panzer says, "If this proposal passes, this little kitty wouldn't have as much information and news from EU countries for you."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. There are several links to other posts and sites included in the post. Bring a thermos of tea, a dozen cookies, half dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to EU's copyright reform

Friday, September 29, 2017

Panzer Update

I am so sick.
Just a short post to let you know Panzer's surgery is scheduled for Monday morning. Vet says he'll need about three or four days of recovery time.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

No Post Today

There haven't been any posts for the last two days, because Panzer hasn't felt well. He needed to go to the veterinarian's office, but the vet was on vacation. So, he had to see a different vet. This vet says Panzer needs to have one of his teeth pulled! Panzer has an appointment next week to have it done.

Posts may be sporadic until Panzer sees the vet next week. The vet says he'll be a little sick for a day or too after the procedure, but then will be fine.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Amazon has laid out exactly how to game its self-publishing platform - Quartz

Panzer made a trip to the Quartz site today. There our kitty reporter found a post about Amazon's arbitration claim. Last week he told you about Amazon's plan to seek damages from companies and individuals for violations of the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) service.

According to the post by Thu-Huong Ha, Amazon laid out in its claim exactly how the companies and individuals it is seeking arbitration against managed to game the KDP system. These violations include fake reads, fake free promotion days downloads, fake books, and the ever present fake reviews. One description explains how the companies and individuals used fake Amazon customer accounts to download ebooks on free promotion days. This enabled an ebook to gain bestseller status in the free category. There is more information included about how the system was worked.
Don't even think about doing it.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... These cheaters are going to pay some big penalties."

Note: This is a long post. Bring two cups of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to read Panzer's previous post too, bring a thermos of tea and six muffins.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon sales and royalties

To read Panzer's previous post about Amazon's allegations of violations, tootle over to Amazon alleges violations

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Riggio Backs Parneros at B&N Annual Meeting - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, when he heard crying and shouting. Following all the noise took our kitty pilot to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he found the cause of all the angst in a post about the Barnes and Noble Annual Meeting.

Who are these technology companies?
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble Chairman Len Riggio started off by expressing his confidence in CEO Demos Parneros. This was followed by the company's plan to have smaller stores. However, the big news for ebook authors from Mr. Riggio was that Nook and ebooks aren't a good fit for Barnes and Noble's future. The company will have "partner technology companies" take care of their digital presence. Barnes and Noble will concentrate on their bricks and mortal stores.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Not sure what this means for ebook authors. This little kitty makes a lot of ebook sales at Barnes and Noble."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble Annual Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on punctuality:

Cats are never late.

We just keep changing the clock.

Therefore ...

Whenever I get there ...

That's when I arrive.

And so ...

I'm always on time.

But ... There is a downside to this.
Get it? Think about it.

The whole time continuum gets confused ..

And ...

Mom is never on time.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Amazon Expands with New Fulfillment Center in Michigan, Creating 1,000 New Full-Time Jobs - Press Release

Panzer made a quick trip to the Amazon press communications site. There our inquisitive kitty found a press release about Amazon's new Michigan fulfillment center.

According to Amazon's press release, the company has opened a 1 million sq. ft. fulfillment center warehouse in the Charter Township of Shelby, Michigan. Amazon will employ 1,000 local full-time employees. In addition to health and disability insurance, these employees also have access to retirement savings plans and company stock. Amazon will also pay up to 95 percent of an employee's tuition for in-demand degree training. The press release includes a link to information on how to apply for employment with Amazon.
It's a fun to try to guess, isn't it?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty is wondering, if Detroit, Michigan, might be under consideration for Amazon's second North American headquarters (HQ2)? The press release does say Amazon already has a corporate office in Detroit."

Note: This is a shortish-medium length press release. Bring a cup of cocoa and two chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon fulfillment center

To read the post about Amazon's hunt for a second headquarters (HQ2), tootle over to Amazon HQ2

Thursday, September 14, 2017

iTunes v12.7.0.166 No Longer Supports iBooks - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard wailing and crying and gnashing teeth. Following all the hullabaloo took our brave kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. With just a little digging he found a post about the newest iTunes version.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Apple left an important element out of the new version of iTunes. Windows users (like Panzer) no longer have access to iBooks. This means Windows users also don't have access to their ebook library. It also means transferring ebooks from the library to an iPad (etc.) is a major endeavor. The Comments section has some suggestions from readers about how to transfer your iBooks to your iPad.

I'm a cat. I want things to be simple.
Panzer says, "Umm ... Does Apple want to decrease sales of ebooks in the iBook store by not offering access to Windows Users?"

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 iTunes v12.7.0.166

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fire HD 8 first look: Google Play installs easily! - TeleRead

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the TeleRead site. There with a little digging our adventuresome kitty found a post about the new Amazon 16 GB Fire HD 8.

Where did Mom hide that credit card?
According to the product review by Chris Meadows, the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet comes with some small improvements and one large one. The small improvements include two cameras, two speakers and more memory.  The large one is the ease of installing the Google Play Store app. Amazon has the Fire HD 8 on sale for Prime members with a $25 discount on the $79.99 regular price. The sale expires September 16. The post includes exact instructions on how to install Google Play.

Panzer says, "Shh ... Don't tell anyone ... But ... If you're not a Prime member ... you can sign up for a free 30 day trial membership."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermoses of tea, two dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle.

To read the post, tootle over to Fire HD 8

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Amazon Alleges Violations by KDP Authors, Publishers - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer's trip into the Catosphere took him to the Publishers Weekly site. There, with a little digging our kitty pilot found a post about Amazon KDP.

According to the post by Calvin Reid, Amazon is cracking down on authors and publishers who have been determined to be abusing (gaming) the KDP system. Amazon has begun arbitration complaints against three people (one of whom uses a total of three names). Amazon also named in the complaints the companies owned by the three people. Amazon accuses the people and their companies of generating fake reviews and fake readers for authors and publishers' ebooks. These fake reviews and readers were used to fraudulently inflate reviews and page reads to increase the authors and publishers' royalty/income payments.

That was a very bad thing you did.
While not naming any specific authors or publishers, an Amazon spokesperson said very few authors or publishers participated in the fraud.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... When will you humans learn? You can't cheat Amazon. Sooner or later you'll get caught and have to pay the price."

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 Amazon KDP

RIP Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer - The Verge

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he stopped in at The Verge site.

In a post by Andrew Liptak, Panzer learned that one of his favorite science fiction authors Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Jerry Pournelle was the first author to write a novel on a computer using the first word processing program, Electric Pencil. With collaborator Larry Niven, he wrote the novel The Mote in God's Eye. Dr. Pournelle also worked on some of the earliest NASA space flights.

To read the post tootle over to Jerry Pournelle

Monday, September 11, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on career choices:

When I was a kitten, I wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian.

Then I would give out catnip flavored kitty treats ...

To all the good little kitties like me.

Then I found out the bad news ...

Veterinarians have to go to school for classes ...

Bad, bad idea.
And ... study.

And ... do homework.

And ... all those require staying awake.

Well ... That put a quick end to the veterinarian foolishness.


Friday, September 8, 2017

B&N Has a Plan for the Future: More Stores - Publishers Weekly

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our traveling kitty pilot stopped in at the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. There with a little digging he found a post about Barnes and Noble's new expansion plans.

More stores = More sales? Maybe.
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble plans to open new stores next year. Barnes and Noble CEO Demos Parneros is quoted as stating the company plans to replace some of the recently closed stores. There are also plans to open new stores in some markets. Mr. Parneros also stated the new stores will be smaller. This will be a long term plan.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little inquiring kitty wants to know, if this means new smaller stores without restaurants and alcohol?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble expansion

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Amazon Opens Search for Amazon HQ2 - A Second Headquarters City in North America - Press Release

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to Amazon's press room. With no digging at all our inquisitive kitty found a press release about Amazon's search for a new headquarters.

Moving where?
According to the press release, Amazon is looking for a North American location for their second headquarters (HQ2). The company plans to build a the new headquarters to function the same as the original Seattle (Washington) headquarters. The press release also states current employees in Seattle will have the option to transfer to the new HQ2 when it's completed. The press release includes a link to more information about Amazon's requirements.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Nowhere in the press release nor at Amazon's information site does it say the new headquarters will be in the U.S. It just says North America. So ... new headquarters in Canada?"

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

To read the press release tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kobo has Launched an Audiobook Subscription Plan and Audio Bookstore - GoodEreader

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the GoodEreader site.  There our adventure seeking kitty found a post about Kobo's new audiobooks bookstore.

According to GoodEreader's Editor in Chief Michael Kozlowski, Kobo has just added audiobooks to their sales plans. The audiobooks are available for direct purchase or on a "rental" basis through their new monthly subscription service. Currently, the audiobooks are available to those in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. Included at the beginning of the post is a link to Kobo's audiobooks bookstore so you can read about it and signup.
This needs investigating.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Kobo uses Overdrive as their source for audiobooks. This little kitty wonders how an author gets their audiobooks on Overdrive?"

Note: This is a long post. Bring a thermos of tea, two muffins, and a chocolate chip and raisin cookie (biscuit).

To read the post tootle over to Kobo audiobooks

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the unpredictability of time:

A crash? Did I hear it?

Yes! I was a witness!

I was on the dresser next to the clock ...

And ... It was awful ...
Really ... I tried to stop him.

It was a suicide right in front of me.

He said he couldn't sleep ...

The tick-tocking was driving him crazy ...

And then he just jumped.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Holiday

Happy
Labor Day
From
Panzer, Mom and What's His Name



Friday, September 1, 2017

Barnes & Noble shares surge over buyout speculation - New York Post

Today, Panzer was enjoying a nice quiet trip in the Catosphere. Suddenly, the Panzermobile was shaken from windshield to rocket motors by cheering and clapping. Following the storm of noise took our kitty pilot to the New York Post site. There he discovered a post about Barnes and Noble.

According to the post by Carleton English, speculation about a possible buyout caused Barnes and Noble stock to rise to $7.75 a share. From a buyout by Amazon to one by an anonymous buyer, rumors about Barnes and Noble's sale have run rampant lately. This newest rumor has Barnes and Noble buying back all the shareholders' stock and going private. The company denies the rumor.

We'll only have cat books in my store.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Let's see ... $7.75 for a share of Barnes and Noble stock. That's not much. Maybe, I can get Mom to buy a share for me. Then I could be part-owner of a bookstore."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, August 31, 2017

No Post Today

No post today.

Mom had to go to the human vet today and get a tetanus booster shot. Her arm really hurts and she doesn't feel well.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Amazon Opens Latest NYC Store at 34th Street - Publishers Weekly

A cafe? At least there's no alcohol.
Today, Panzer made a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With just a little digging our inquisitive kitty boy found a post about Amazon.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Amazon has opened their newest Amazon Books bricks and mortar store in New York City. This is the second Amazon bookstore in New York City. It's also the third bricks and mortar store Amazon has opened in the last two weeks. This newest store, however, is different from the others. It includes a cafe. Be sure to read all the way to the end.

Panzer says, "Bricks and mortar bookstores must be successful for Amazon. They just keep opening more stores."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon stores

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Arrival Of Amazon And The Future Of Australian Publishing - Dr. Beth Driscoll, University of Melbourne

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard wailing and gnashing of teeth. Following all the hullabaloo took our adventuresome kitty to the University of Melbourne site. There he found a post about Amazon's expansion into the Australian marketplace.

This needs looking into.
According to Dr. Beth Driscoll, Amazon has opened their first warehouse in Australia and will now change the Australian publishing environment. With this new fulfillment center, Amazon will be able to cut their delivery times on Australian orders. With the Amazon Prime service members will be able to get free shipping on their purchases. Because of its book ranking system Dr. Driscoll suggests Amazon will be able to negotiate discounted prices from Australian publishers. Dr. Driscoll also speculates there will be an increase in self-publishing as well. There is much more information about Amazon's possible impact on Australia's publishing industry included in this post.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Is Amazon really invading Australia's publishing landscape? This little kitty thinks Australians are a pretty independent group and won't be swayed by Amazon."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a thermos of tea, a sandwich and six chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for dessert.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon in Australia

Monday, August 28, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on choosing your friends carefully:

What's His Name sure worries a lot about his friends.

They're getting ready for work ...

And ... What's His Name is ranting to Mom about his friend 'Lectric Bill.

He's really mad about how bad his friend 'Lectric Bill is.

Now ... He just told Mom they have to cut back on 'Lectric Bill's expenses.

They'll never figure it out.
Mom told him she already stopped using the air conditioner and doesn't know what else to cut out.

I wish they'd hurry up and leave for work.

It's starting to get warm in here.




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Amazon and Whole Foods Market Announces Acquisition to Close This Monday, Will Work Together to Make High-Quality, Natural and Organic Food Affordable for Everyone - Press Release

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Amazon press site. There our adventuresome kitty found a press release about Amazon and Whole Foods.

According to the press release, Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market will be completed on Monday, August 28. In keeping with Amazon and Whole Foods wish to make high-quality food affordable, in conjunction with the acquisition on Monday some Whole Foods food prices will be lowered. Also, after the technology is integrated into the stores Amazon Prime will be Whole Foods rewards program to give customers lower prices. There's much more information about the acquisition contained in the press release.
I need a nap after all that.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Guess everybody has to buy Amazon Prime if you plan to shop at Whole Foods. If you have to do that it doesn't sound like they're lowering the cost of food to this little kitty."

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

To read the press release tootle over to Amazon and Whole Foods

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nook Terminating Accounts of Erotica Authors - PW (Publishers Weekly)

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today when he heard crying and shouting. Following all the noise took our brave kitty boy to the PW (Publishers Weekly) site. There he found a post about Nook Press and erotica authors.

According to a post by PW's Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press has a new content policy. Under the new content policy some erotica authors' ebooks have been removed from the retail site and authors' accounts closed. The post states that the new policy states unacceptable material is "works portraying or encouraging incest, rape, bestiality, necrophilia, paedophilia, or content that encourages hate or violence." Many of the erotica authors say they were unaware of the changes until after their ebooks were dropped and their accounts closed.

Bestiality? I vote with Nook Press.
Panzer says, "Umm ... Who knew Nook Press would have to put together a list with stuff like necrophilia and paedophilia, etc. that they won't publish/sell?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Nook Press

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

EFun and Nook now offer free reading material on Nextbook tablets - AG

Today's trip took Panzer to the AG (Android Guys) site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about the Nook Reading app and E FUN's Nextbook tablets.

Hmm ... Nextbook tablet?
According to the post by Alexandra Arici, E Fun, maker of Nextbook tablets, and Barnes and Noble, ebook retailer, have entered into an agreement. With Barnes and Noble's Nook Reading app loaded on their E FUN Nextbook tablets owners will have access to a variety of magazine publications for free. Tablet owners will need to set up a Nook account before using the feature. The post includes a list of some of the available publications.

Panzer says, "You only have until September 30 to sign up, so you better hurry."

Note: This post is divided into two parts. The first part is short and is about the actual offer. The second part is medium length and is about the different Nextbook tablets. Together the two parts make a long post. To read the first part of the post about the E FUN and Barnes and Noble offer bring half a cup of tea. To add the second part of the post about the Nextbook tablet specifications bring another full cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post tootle over to EFun and Nook

Monday, August 21, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cosmic events:

It happened ...

What's His Name has been running around for days getting ready.

And ...

Yes! ... It finally happened ...

The eclipse!

And living where I do, I had the very best viewing place to watch.

So I put a hole in a box ...

Yes! It was awesome!
Crawled in ...

And ...

Fell asleep.

A whole extra nap today!


Friday, August 18, 2017

B&N Now Pitching "Nook First Look" Promo Service to Indie Authors - The Digital Reader

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Digital Reader site. There our kitty explorer found a post about Barnes and Noble.

Hmm ... A new marketing opportunity?
According to site owner Nate Hoffelder, Barnes and Noble has started a marketing service called Nook First Look. There are several criteria for books to be considered for the service including that the book must be a new release and uploaded and released through the Nook Press platform. Another important requirement is that Barnes and Noble gets two weeks exclusivity before the book can be distributed elsewhere. The post included links to the Nook First Look site and a copy of an email sent to authors about the service.

Panzer says, "Guess this little kitty better learn to use the Nook Press platform, instead of using Smashwords for distribution to Barnes and Noble."

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

To read the post tootle over to Nook First Look

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New ABA Partnership to Bring British Titles to U.S. Stores - Bookselling This Week

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard cheering and clapping. Following all the noise took our intrepid kitty boy to the American Booksellers Association's site. There in a Bookselling This Week column he found a post about a new distribution outlet in the U.S. for British authors.

I have some book suggestions.
According to the post by Sydney Jarrard, a new distribution partnership has been formed by the U.K. company Gardner's and the U.S. companies Ingram Content Group and the American Booksellers Association. British published books will be distributed in the U.S. through independent bookstores. The post says books will be delivered to bookstores as ordered.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wonders ... Who decides which books will be chosen for distribution? ... The booksellers or the readers?"

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NAFTA's cultural exception top priority for Canada heading into negotiations - Quill & Quire

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Quill and Quire site. There our inquisitive kitty found a post about Canada's plans for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation with the United States and Mexico.

According to Sue Carter's post, renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico will begin on August 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Among other issues Canada will be addressing their cultural exemption in the agreement. As explained in the post, the cultural exemption protects Canada's publishing and broadcasting industries. The Canadian publishing industry earns $53 million from sales to the U.S. which the industry would like to protect. Since there is no trade deficit with the U.S. concerning books, it's believed the cultural exemption will be allowed to remain unchanged. There's more information about Canada's plans for the renegotiation and links included in the post.
NAFTA? That's a funny words.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty didn't know there was a cultural exemption in NAFTA for Canadian books."

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

To read the post tootle over to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HarperCollins Gets Global and Physical - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around our kitty pilot found a post about HarperCollins' financial reports.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, HarperCollins' (HC) fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. HC reported a $10 million decline in sales. Although the company reported a decline in ebook sales, there were gains in both print book sales and audio book sales. These were enough for the company to show a 7.5 percent increase over the 2016 fiscal year. HC reports it plans to expand the company's global book sales in the coming year.

I've got a lot to think about after my nap.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Ebook sales down ... Audio book sales up ... Maybe this little kitty needs to look into that market."

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

To read the post tootle over to HarperCollins

Monday, August 14, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on listening and learning:

I think What's His Name must be part cat ...

Because ...

This morning I saw him looking in the bathroom mirror ...
But ... My ear fuzz is cuter than his.

And ...

Then I heard him tell Mom ...

He's got hair growing out of his ears.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Speaking Up to Windows 10 - The New York Times

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The New York Times site. With a little digging around in the Personal Tech section posts there, our adventuresome kitty found a post about Windows 10.

According to a post in the Tech Tip column by J.D. Biersdorfer, Windows 10 has a speech recognition feature included in it. Speech recognition allows you to dictate your manuscript to your word processing program. Training on how to setup and use the feature is also included. The post has instructions about how to access the speech recognition feature and train it to recognize your voice. There are links to other information included in the post.

Listen to me ... Me-ow ... Me-ow.
Panzer says, "This little kitty wonders how long it will take to teach it to recognize cat speech."

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

To read the post tootle over to Windows 10

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

World's Highest-Paid Authors 2017: J.K. Rowling Leads With $95 Million - Forbes

Panzer was shaken awake from his nap by clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile our speedy little kitty boy headed out to see what all the noise was about. He soon discovered a post at the Forbes site about Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

According to Hayley C. Cuccinello, it's official. With $95 million in author earnings over the past 12 months J.K. Rowling is the highest paid author in the entire world. Ms. Rowling even bested James Patterson and Stephen King for the title. About halfway through the post is a gallery of photos with descriptions of the highest paid authors. Included in the descriptions is the amount each author tallied for the year. When you first arrive at the Forbes site there is an advertisement. After the ad is finished click the > button to go to the post.

Now back to what's important. My naps.
Panzer says, "$95 million in one year? All I can say is meWOW! That will buy a lot of kitty treats."

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

To read the post tootle over to J.K. Rowling

Bought a PDF From Kobo? It's Going Away After 1 November - The Digital Reader

Panzer is still recovering from yesterday's catnip partying to celebrate International Cat Day. He was just tootling around in the Catosphere nursing his kitty headache, when his poor kitty ears were assailed by growling and hissing.  To quiet the noise he followed it to The Digital Reader site. There he discovered a post about Kobo was the cause of all the hullabaloo.

Did you know?
According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Kobo will no longer support PDF books effective November 1. Kobo posted on their site that they will try to provide past PDF purchasers with EPUB versions of their PDFs. If that's not possible, the purchasers downloading of the PDFs will be necessary.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty didn't even know he could get PDFs from Kobo."

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

To read the post tootle over to  Kobo PDFs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

International Cat Day

Happy International Cat Day!
From Me and Mom
Oh, yeah ... and What's His Name


Okay. I'm happy. Can't you tell?

Monday, August 7, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat decorum:

Humans spend entirely too much time disciplining cats.

What's His Name is always ordering me around

Well ... I decided he should have the same rules as me:

Like ...

"Get off the chair..."

"Get off the keyboard ..."
Same rules. Seems fair to me.

"Get off the couch ..."

Oh, yeah ...

And ...

"Get off Mom's bed."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales Up 25% to $38.0 Billion - Press Release

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Amazon news room site. There our traveling kitty boy found a post with interesting information about Amazon.

According to the press release, Amazon's 2017 second quarter net sales were up 25 percent to $38 billion over 2016 second quarter net sales of $30.4 billion. Also included in the beginning of the post are income figures, cash flow figures and stock figures. Below that is the Highlights section which includes what Amazon (and this little kitty) considers it's most important activities for the period. Included in this section are Amazon Video's 16 Emmy award nominations, Prime Day sales, Prime membership increase numbers, Amazon's charitable contributions, Echo news, Alexa news, and much more.
Just reading about it makes me tired.

Panzer says, "There's also news about Amazon's completed expansions and proposed expansions."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon sales

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Draft2Digital Now Distributes to Overdrive - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer needed to get the Panzermobile into the repair shop to get the oil changed. So our kitty pilot made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Draft2Digital.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Draft2Digital has announced a new distribution agreement with Overdrive. Draft2Digital is a distribution service similar to Smashwords. Indie authors can use Draft2Digital (D2D) to distribute their ebooks and audio books to various online retailers. Overdrive distributes ebooks to libraries and schools. With D2D's new agreement indie authors will now have access to the 38,000 libraries and schools in Overdrive's distribution channels. There's a link included in the post to D2D's announcement about Overdrive.
D2D just keeps expanding services.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... Maybe, this little kitty needs to check out all of Draft2Digital's distribution channels."

Note: This is a 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 Draft2Digital Overdrive distribution

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

10 kinds of Barnes and Noble cafe customers: Read and laugh - or weep - TeleRead

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard guffawing and weeping.  Following all the confusing noises took our brave kitty boy to the ReTelead site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble bookstores and cafes.

Don't forget they've added restaurants too.
According to the post by Chris Kubica, after on-site research he has decided there are ten kinds of customers who frequent Barnes and Noble's cafes. Depending on your level of support for Barnes and Noble bookstores, these cafe customers will either make you laugh or cry. None of these cafe customers from The Never Buy to The WiFi to The Divorced Dad to the seven other kinds will ever buy anything in the Barnes and Noble retail bookstores. So, laugh or cry about them, these are the Barnes and Noble cafe patrons.

Panzer says, " Ummm ... This little kitty can't decide whether his eyes are leaking because he's laughing so hard or because he's so sad."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble cafe customers

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