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

The Marauder's Map - Pottermore

Who needs a map? Not me.
Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to stop in at the Pottermore site. Everybody knows our kitty boy is a big Harry Potter fan, so he was doing the happy kitty dance when he found a new post by J.K. Rowling at the site.

What our fan kitty found was the story of The Marauder's Map by J.K. Rowling explaining the origin and creation by James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew. At the end of the post, Ms. Rowling gives her thoughts on the use of the map by Harry.

Panzer says, "All those shape shifters and not one smart enough to be a kitty."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. Bring two cups of tea, a muffin and two chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to The Marauder's Map

Thursday, March 9, 2017

EU Court Rules Lower Sales Tax Only Applies to Print, Not eBooks - The Digital Reader

Panzer was jolted from his afternoon nap by crying and shouting coming from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile, he followed the weeping and gnashing of teeth to The Digital Reader site. There our brave kitty found a post about the EU Court of Justice.

Please explain this to me.
According to the post at The Digital Reader, the European Court of Justice in announcing their decision in the digital book VAT case ruled digital books will be charged a higher tax than printed books. According to the EU Court judges, digital books are electronic and not allowed the lower rate because the EU legislature  "consists in the exclusion of all electronic services from the possibility of a reduced rate of VAT being applied."

Panzer says, "Hmm ... When is a book not a book? I'll never understand humans."

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

To read the post, tootle over to EU Court

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hachette U. K. Acquires Bookouture - Publishers' Weekly

I've been one busy kitty today.
Panzer is helping Mom update Cat Wisdom for Humans, so he made a very quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our hurrying kitty stopped in at the Publishers' Weekly site. With a little digging he found a post about Hachette U. K.

According to the post by John Maher, Tim Hely Hutchinson, Hachette U. K. CEO, announced the acquisition of digital publisher Bookouture. Oliver Rhodes, CEO and founder of Bookouture, will remain in that capacity. Bookoutre will stay in its current location and all employees will remain with the company. Bookouture's digital authors can now be seamlessly published by Hachette U. K. Little, Brown print publishing arm.

Panzer says, "Bookouture sure has grown in only four years."

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 Hachette UK

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February 2017 Big, Bad, Wide & International Report: covering Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Kobo ebook sales in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - Author Earnings

Today, Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard oohing and aahing. Following the breathless noises took our kitty boy to the Author Earnings site. With no digging at all he found a post about ebook sales all across the e-retail sites.

The post by Data Guy is ebook sales information packed. The post includes information on total e-retailer sales by country, total ebook sales by country, amount of money spent by country, and more. The headline for the post names all the e-retailers ebook sales covered, including Amazon, Apple, B and N, and Kobo. Each company's sales information is included for the English language countries of the US, UK,  Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. There are charts and graphs illustrating each section.
After all that, I need a nap too.

Panzer says, "I have a kitty headache from all the information included in the post."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Author Earnings

Monday, March 6, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the Oops Factor:

Mom and I are having a disagreement.

She says my middle name should be Oops.
I'm definitely not happy about that.

Really. They jumped by themselves.*
It's not my fault her knick knacks keep smashing themselves by jumping off the shelf in the living room.

I say they have a mind of their own.
They're like lemmings. Where one goes, they all follow.



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, March 3, 2017

Barnes and Noble Announces the Winners of the 26th Annual Discover Great New Writers(R) Awards - Yahoo Finance

26th? I never heard of it before.
Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, when he stopped in at the Yahoo Finance site. With a little digging around, our inquisitive kitty found a post about Barnes and Noble.

According to a post from Business Wire, Barnes and Noble announced the winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards. Murder mystery The Lighthouse Keeper by Abby Geni won Barnes and Noble's award for fiction. Nonfiction book Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond won Barnes and Noble's award for nonfiction. The authors will each receive $30,000 and marketing from Barnes and Noble. Second and third place winners are named in the announcement too. How the novels were nominated and judged is also included.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! A mystery novel won first place. I've got to get Mom to read me that book."

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 Barnes and Noble winners

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Amazon Publishing's Newest Imprint Makes Its Debut in Germany - Publishing Perspectives

Today, Panzer made a trip to the Publishing Perspectives site. There our meandering kitty found a post about Amazon's APub division.

I learn something new every day.
According to the post by Porter Anderson, Amazon Publishing Europe announced their new German language publishing imprint Tinte and Feder. The Tinte and Feder imprint will publish historical and contemporary fiction German authors. Tinte and Feder joins Amazon's German language mystery publishing imprint Edition M.

Panzer says, "I didn't know Amazon had a publishing division in Europe."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon publishing

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Amazon Unveils First East Coast Bricks and Mortar (Store) - Publishers' Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering from up ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the hullabaloo took our kitty boy to the Publishers' Weekly (PW) site. With no digging at all he found a post about Amazon.

Another cafe, but no alcohol this time.
According to the post by Alex Green, Amazon has opened their newest bricks and mortar store in Dedham, Massachusetts. The 5,800 sq. ft. bookstore includes a cafe. The cafe was included based on customer requests. The bookstore has a limited selection of only 5,700 physical books. It does, however, also carry Amazon digital devices. The Dedham store joins the Seattle (Washington), Portland (Oregon) and San Diego (California) Amazon bricks and mortar stores.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Most libraries have more books than each of the Amazon bookstores."

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

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

B&N Education BuysMBS for $174 Million - Publishers' Weekly

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the PW (Publishers' Weekly) site. After a little digging around our ingenious kitty pilot found a post about Barnes and Noble Education.

Inquiring kitties want to know. Who?
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble Education announced the acquisition of MBS Textbook Exchange. B and N Education is spending $174.2 million in cash for MBS's physical and digital textbooks and course materials, their customer base, the textbooks.com site, and other assets. The end of the post also includes Barnes and Noble Education's third quarter financial information.

Panzer says, "There's some interesting, but confusing, information about who is selling MBS."

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

To read the post, tootle over to BN Education buys MBS

Monday, February 27, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on recorded history:

I really need a kitty-sized collar camera.

Then ...

I could capture wonderful leaps, acts of amazing balance,

and ...
It's cat magic! *

sudden feats of startling magic,

when ...

furballs appear without warning.


* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Draft2Digital is Adding Kobo Plus as a Distribution Option, But Not Smashwords - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer's quiet trip in the Catosphere was interrupted by clapping and shouting. Following all the noise took our intrepid kitty explorer to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Kobo Plus. Panzer told you about Kobo's new subscription service yesterday.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Draft2Digital (D2D) has a new distribution agreement with Kobo Plus. D2D's authors' Dutch language ebooks will be distributed to Kobo Plus. Until this agreement between D2D and Kobo Plus books were required to be published via Kobo Writing Life. D2D is an ebook distribution service similar to Smashwords. The Digital Reader post states Smashwords' Mark Coker said they will not be extending distribution to Kobo Plus.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe I should find a translator and use Draft2Digital."
Indie publishing is always changing.

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

To read Panzer's post about Kobo Plus, tootle over to Kobo subscription service

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kobo Has New Dutch Subscription Service - Kobo

Panzer was tootling around the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Kobo site. There our traveling kitty pilot discovered Kobo has opened an ebook subscription service.

It was worth the trip ... I think.
According to the landing page, Kobo and online bookseller Bol.com have a new Dutch ebook subscription service. The service is called Kobo Plus. For a monthly fee you get unlimited reading. The landing page has a 30 day free trial sign-up link on it.

Panzer says, "Umm ... The landing page is in English ... but ... when I clicked the FAQs link for more info ... this little kitty needed a translator."

Note: This is a landing page with a lot of information. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the page, tootle over to Kobo Plus

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Amazon Introduces Latest Generation Fire TV Stick in the UK, Germany and Japan - Business Wire

Maybe I can get some sleep now.
Panzer had just settled down for his evening nap when he was shaken awake by cheering and clapping coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile, our adventuresome kitty hit the jets. Following the cacophony took him to the Business Wire site. There he found a press release from Amazon.

According to the release, Amazon has announced the upcoming release of a new generation Fire TV stick in the UK, Germany and Japan. The new stick is 30 percent faster than the previous version. Fire TV offers a variety of movies, TV show episodes and apps. The new Fire TV stick is available for pre-order now in all three countries. The post includes links to the press release in each country.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! Thirty percent faster!"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Fire TV

This year's Nebula nominees are incredibly diverse - read some online - The Verge

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our big kitty boy went to The Verge site. There he found a post about the Nebula Awards.

According to the post by Andrew Liptak, the 2016 Nebula Award nominees were announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Nebula conference. The conference will be May 18 - 21 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The post includes several links to the nominated works.

I know what I'll be doing tonight.
Panzer says,"Umm ... A nice fire in the fireplace, a bowl of milk and Mom's tablet to read the nominees. That's this kitty's idea of a fun evening."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. Bring a thermos of tea and half-a-dozen muffins if you plan to read the nominees.

To read the post, tootle over to 2016 Nebula Award nominations

Monday, February 20, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on jokes:

Panzer: Knock. Knock.
Mom: Hmmm.
Panzer: Knock. Knock.
Mom: Hmmm. What?

Panzer: I say, Knock. Knock. and You say, Who's there?
There's a first time for everything.

Mom: Okay. Knock. Knock.
Panzer: Who's there?
Mom: It's me, Mom. You've known me your whole life, Panzer.

Panzer: What? Wait! I mean, what? Hey! What happened?



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, February 17, 2017

Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students - No Shelf Required

Today, Panzer made a long trip into the Catosphere. Our brave kitty went all the way to the No Shelf Required site. With a little digging he found a post about a free etextbook service available at Western Sydney University.

According to the post at No Shelf Required, every first year student at Western Sydney University now has free access to etextbooks for their classes. The etextbooks are made available to the students through ProQuest. The etestbooks can be used anywhere, so students can download them to their tablets or smartphones. The program was instituted to help control the costs of attending the University. The post includes information from the Western Sydney University website and information supplied by ProQuest.
I can go there right now.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! Free etextbooks? I wonder ... Would they accept an American kitty as a student?"

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 Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wharton Uses Zola's Everywhere Store to Launch Online Bookstore - PW (Publishers' Weekly)

Panzer was just tootling around in the Catosphere today when the Panzermobile was buffeted by a chorus of oohing and aahing. Following all the noise took our adventurous kitty to the Publishers' Weekly site. There he found a post about Zola's Everywhere Store.

According to the post by Andrew Albanese, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has opened their Zola's Everywhere Store. Books by Wharton Digital Press authors and Wharton School faculty will be available for purchase through the online store. Zola's Everywhere Store is a widget authors and publishers can use by putting the code on their website. Once the code is inserted, the store is functioning. The widget is free, but Zola's receives a portion of each sale. There's a link included in the post to the Zola's site.

Hmm ... Should I try it?
Panzer says, "This little kitty followed the link to Zola's site. There's some interesting information and profit charts at Zola's site."

Note: This is a shortish-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to Zola's site too, bring an extra muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Zola's Everywhere Store

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

KDP Print Enters Public Beta - The Digital Reader

Who prints the books?
Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all our kitty boy found a post about Amazon's KDP Print platform.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, Amazon has opened the KDP Print platform to everyone. Currently, the new KDP Print platform does not offer the same options as Amazon's CreateSpace (CS) print platform. Author proof copies are one of the options not available, which means authors will not be able to see what their books look like before they're sold through Amazon. Be sure to read the Comments Section.

Panzer says, "This kitty is staying with CreateSpace for now. I want to okay my proof copies. But ... Maybe ... Amazon is going to close CreateSpace. Why? There have been some complaints about CreateSpace ... And ... Maybe ... Amazon doesn't want to be part of those complaints. "

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

To read the post, tootle over to KDP Print

Monday, February 13, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on showing love on Valentine's Day:

I gave Mom a dead mouse today.

I left it on her pillow, so she'd see it when she woke up.

Then ...

She let What's His Name have it.
That really hurts. *

and ...

he threw it in the garbage can outside.

Humans just don't know the value of love gifts.



*From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, February 10, 2017

Amazon 'hunting for high street sites in London' - The Bookseller

Today, Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere. Our adventurous kitty stopped in at The Bookseller site. There he found a post about Amazon's rumored foray into the U.K.

A mouse, a bug, some catnip ...
According to the post by The Bookseller's staff, Amazon is looking at expanding its physical presence to London. Quoting from a post on the Sunday Times site, The Bookseller reports Amazon is looking for a location for one of their Amazon Go grocery stores. Patrons of the Amazon Go store give Amazon access to purchasing information as they shop in the store. When they exit the store the money for their purchases is automatically deducted from their account. There is no mention of a bricks-and-mortar book store. A link is included in The Bookseller post to the Sunday Times post.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Do you really want everybody to know what you eat?"

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you follow the link to the Sunday Times, add a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Draft2Digital Drops Minimum Payment to PayPal & US Directi Deposit - The Digital Reader

Panzer made a quick trip to The Digital Reader site today. After a little digging around there our inquisitive traveler is doing the happy kitty dance. He uncovered a post about Draft2Digital's new payment program.

According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, Draft2Digital (D2D) will now make payments to authors' PayPal accounts or U.S. bank direct deposits on a regular schedule no matter what the monetary amount. Previously D2D would only issue payments when authors reached a minimum amount. D2D's competitor Pronoun is also offering this payment option. Mr. Hoffelder speculates the shrinking indie author market is driving the better author payment terms.
Always watch your competition.

Panzer says, "Umm ... I think Draft2Digal and Pronoun are both a little late to the party. Amazon dropped the minimum payment requirement three years ago."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

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