Monday, June 26, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on pollution:

Everybody knows that pollution is bad ...

Very bad for the environment.

Pollution is in the nose of the observer.
So ...

Would somebody please tell What's His Name ...

That ...

My litter box needs to be changed?


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Amazon is Beta-Testing the Label "Digital Books" - The Digital Reader

Panzer was lounging around on the floor, when the Panzermobile alarm sounded. Hurrying into the Catosphere our inquisitive kitty followed the alert to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Amazon.

Now ... Back to my nap.
Site owner Nate Hoffelder says in his post that it has been reported to him that Amazon is beta-testing the new label "Digital Books" for ebooks. Mr. Hoffelder investigated at the Amazon site and did discover some ebooks are carrying the new label. There's a screen shot included in the post. In the lower left corner in the price box is the phrase "Digital Book."

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty isn't sure how much of a difference a new name will make."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jeff Bezos has advice for the news business: 'Ask people to pay. They will pay' - CNBC

Panzer was doing his weekly cleaning in the Panzermobile today when he found a wadded up post between the seats. Spreading it out flat on the floor, our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the CNBC site about Jeff Bezos. (In case you don't know who Jeff Bezos is, he's the founder of Amazon.)

Not what you want. What they want.
According to Matt Rosoff's post, Jeff Bezos gave a presentation at the Future of Newspapers conference. Mr. Bezos was at the conference because he bought The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 and turned it profitable by 2016. At the conference he gave his views on how newspapers need to adjust to the current reading public climate. One of his main points dealt with the fact he treats the newspaper like Amazon. In both instances, he always puts the customer/reader first. He also says, don't worry about the advertisers. In the end they don't pay the bills, the reader does. The post contains several other points of interest in creating a profitable newspaper.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Always put the reader first? ... That's the same thing this little kitty does with his books."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Jeff Bezos

Friday, June 23, 2017

B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. There our busy kitty traveler discovered news about Barnes and Noble's 2017 Fiscal Year Report. (Panzer knows it might seem strange for a company to have their end of 2017 year report be announced in June. It just means the company was not started on January 1 but instead part way through the year. Therefore, the company's "year" doesn't start and stop on January 1. This little kitty knows it's confusing, but it's what he expects from humans.)

My ebooks are there online.
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble announced their fiscal report for 2017 and the numbers are disappointing. Although according to the report online sales were up 3.7 percent, that wasn't enough to offset the 6 percent decline in retail sales or the 23.4 percent decline in Nook sales. Even though the sales figures do appear to show an abysmal sales record and losses, it does show they are not as bad as the 2016 losses.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Can the new CEO Demos Parneros turn the company around to profitability in the next couple of years? This little kitty hopes so."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Draft2Digital Adds Audiobook Distribution via Findaway Voice - The Digital Reader

Panzer had hardly entered the Catosphere today when he heard clapping and cheering ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the hullabaloo took our speedy kitty to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Draft2Digital's newest service.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, ebook distributor Draft2Digital is now offering audiobook distribution through partner Finaway Voice. If you already have an audiobook, Findaway Voice will distribute it through their platform. Or, you can produce your audiobook using Findaway Voice's narrators and, then, they will distribute the audiobook through their platform. Findaway Voice has a distribution network that spans more than 170 countries.

Watch out Smashwords.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... Audiobook production and distribution ... Draft2Digital just keeps adding services for indie authors."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pottermore to allow free e-book library loans - The Bookseller

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The Bookseller site. There our intrepid kitty pilot found a post about free Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ebook loans from UK libraries.

According to the post by Heloise Wood, Pottermore will be allowing UK libraries to do unlimited loans of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the book's publication library patrons have from June 26 through July 9 to get the digital copy. Pottermore has also set up a Twitter account and a new free Wizarding World Book Club site to celebrate the anniversary. The Bookseller post includes a link to the Twitter account.
Whew! That was a lot of digging.

Panzer says, "I did some digging and discovered where the Wizarding World Book Club signup site is. Mom included it at the bottom of my post."

Note: This is a shortish post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to sign up for the Twitter follow and the Wizarding World Book Club, bring an extra cup of tea.

To read the post, tootle over to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

To join the Wizarding World Book Club, tootle over to Pottermore WWBC

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Germany's Publishing Revenue Rises 1% in 2016 - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a trip to the Publishers Weekly site. There our traveling kitty found a post about the state of the German book market.

The figures don't look good to me.
According to Ed Nawotka's post, Germany's total 2016 book sales revenue figures are now available. The total 2016 revenue rose just 1 percent compared to 2015. The biggest increase for the period was in children's book sales at 9 percent. Ebook sales, however, were nearly even for the time period having only risen .1 percent. Book translations did show a rise for the period from 12.4 percent in 2015 to 13.6 in 2016. There are graphs and charts to illustrate the percentages in book publishing numbers, genres and revenues.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Ebook sales were flat?"

Note: With the charts and graphs this is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post. Bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Germany's publishing

Monday, June 19, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on trusting humans:

Trust someone the way a dog trusts people ...

And ...

You'll be treated like a dog.

There is one exception though.

I prefer a tuna and catnip scented person.
If a stranger approaches who emits a fragrance

of ...

tuna ...

then they're fine and you can trust them.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market - Press Release

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted by oohing and aahing. Following the brouhaha of noise took our intrepid kitty boy to the Amazon Press Room site. There he found a press release about Amazon's newest business market expansion.

Grocery stores?
According to the press release, Amazon plans to acquire grocery store chain Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market's stores are bricks and mortar locations. As part of the acquisition Amazon will also take over Whole Foods Market's debts. Before the acquisition can be completed, the company shareholders will have to vote in agreement with Amazon's offer. The press release is actually divided into sections. The first section is the announcement of the acquisition, the second explains about Amazon, the third explains about Whole Foods Market, and then there are four more sections explaining about how the acquisition will work.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Can you believe it? A grocery store chain? Amazon just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

Note: The press release part about the announcement of the acquisition is relatively short. If that's all you plan to read, bring a cup of tea and a muffin. However, if you plan to read all the other sections, bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins.


Amazon Buys Whole Foods Market

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New iPad Pro Inches Toward Replacing PC, but Falls Short - The New York Times

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to The New York Times site. There our kitty pilot found a post about Apple's new iPad Pro.

The post by Brian X. Chen is a review of Apple's new iPad tablet called the iPad Pro(fessional) which will be for sale next week. There are two versions the iPad Pro. One has a 10.5 inch screen and the other a 12.9 inch screen. In addition to the larger, brighter screens the new iPad Pro will be faster.  However, using the keyboard is uncomfortable and leaves you with a sore wrist. For buyer considerations the review includes more pros and cons of iPad Pro features and uses. Prices for the 10.5 inch Pro range from $649 to $949 and for the 12,9 inch Pro from $799 to $1,099.
I have to clean my claws first.

Panzer says, "With kitty claws for a stylus the keys still would be hard to use."

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

To read the post, tootle over to iPad Pro

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Digital Sales Down 2% in Canada in 2016 - Publishers Weekly

Today, when Panzer ventured into the Catosphere, crying and moaning quickly surrounded the Panzermobile. Following all the noise, took our brave kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. There he discovered a post about digital sales in Canada.

The Publishers Weekly post by Ed Nawotka deals with digital sales in Canada as presented in The State of Digital Publishing annual report.  Digital sales are defined in the report as ebooks and audiobooks sales only.  The report details the fact digital publishing sales in 2016 were down 2 percent compared to 2015. This isn't surprising since digital sales are down in all English-language markets as stated in the post. The report is based on information collected from 50 publishers. The post also contains information about how digital publishing works in Canada.
Who speaks cat language? Wait! I do.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... If digital sales are down in English-language markets, maybe it's time to start translating digital books and audiobooks for other language markets."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Canadian digital sales

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

As Apple and Google take aim at ads, publishers tremble - Digiday

It's been a long day. I need a nap.
Today, Panzer got his author proof copy for the print version of Cat Wisdom for humans. He's been busy checking the page layouts and looking for any errors. Our happy little kitty made a quick trip into the Catosphere and stopped in at the Digiday site. With a little digging he found a post about Apple and Google's new ad blockers.

According to the post by Lucia Moses, Apple is adding an ad blocker to their Safari browser. Panzer told you when Google added an ad blocker to their Chrome browser. There are differences in the types of ads the two ad blockers will block. Google's will block ads which don't conform to the group Coalition for Better Ads rules and will charge users a fee if they do want to see ads. Apple's will block autoplay ads. The post includes links to information about both Google and Apple's original announcements about their ad blockers.

Panzer says, "This little kitty hates those autoplay ads."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Apple and Google

To read Panzer's earlier post about Google's ad blocker, tootle over Google ad blocker

Monday, June 12, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on respecting authority:

What's His Name told Mom I've been stealing his stuff off the dresser.

He said he found his comb and his car keys and his wallet under the bookcase.

And ... Well ... Maybe that is my favorite hidey-place for my stuff ...

But ... He shouldn't have yelled at me ...
I'm a cat burglar. It's my hobby.

Mom told me to apologize to What's His Name ...

Okay ...

So ... I'm sorry you have such a bad attitude towards Mom's kitty boy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing's 'hidden' authors - The Guardian

As soon as Panzer entered the Catosphere today the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Our kitty pilot didn't need radar to find that The Guardian site was the source of all the racket. It didn't take any digging either to find the post about self-publishing authors that caused all the noise.

That would buy a lot of catnip.
According to Danuta Kean's post, there is a group of 'hidden' indie authors selling seven figure amounts of their novels. Three authors are spotlighted in the post. They are crime thriller writer Keith Houghton, crime/romance/humour writer LJ Ross, and psychological thriller writer Rachel Abbott. Why are they called 'hidden' authors with those kinds of sales numbers? Because all their novels are Amazon ebooks only and their readers are the only ones who have heard of them. Where does the 'buying houses' part of the post title come from? It comes from the fact Keith Houghton paid for his new house in cash using money from the sales of his novels. There's a lot more information about each author included in the post.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe this little kitty should start writing crime/thrillers."

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

To read the post, tootle over to hidden authors

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What You Get (and What You Don't) From a $50 Amazon Fire - The New York Times

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The New York Times site. There our speedy explorer kitty boy found a post about the Amazon Fire tablets.

Looks interesting.
Brian X. Chen's post is about the two Amazon Fire tablets. He reviews the the 7 inch Fire that's available for $50 and the 8 inch Fire available for $80. At those prices both have advertisements; but for an additional $15 the ads are removed. Both can be used as ereaders, can use game apps and can be used to stream movies. Mr. Chen discusses the pros and cons of both. He doesn't recommend either except as useful tools for entertaining children.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This kitty doesn't agree with him. I'd like an Amazon Fire. I don't need it for anything but as an ereader for my ebooks. It doesn't cost much, so Mom will have more money left over for my kitty treats."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Fire Tablet

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Google's ad blocker could make it the "judge and jury" of online ads - VICE News

Today Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere just enjoying the relaxing ride. Occasionally, our inquisitive kitty boy finds new and interesting places he's never been before. Today was one of those days. He discovered a site called VICE News. With a little digging around there he found a post about Google's new ad blocker.

Panzer doesn't usually cover news outside the publishing world, but this post has some interesting information in it. According to Noah Kilwin's post, Google will introduce a new ad blocker next year for the Chrome web browser. The ad blocker will block company ads which don't adhere to the rules of a group Google belongs to called the Coalition for Better Ads. Of course, Google will determine which ads don't adhere to the rules and are therefore blocked by the ad blocker. There's also going to be a pay system called Funding Choices where you can pay to receive ads. This post includes several links to other posts about the new ad blocker and the Funding Choices options.
Pay for ads? Why?

Panzer says, "Umm ... I just don't understand humans ... Why would you use an ad blocker with an add on so you can pay to get ads?"

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and three muffins for today's reading selection. Bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins if you plan to follow all the links too.

To read the post, tootle over to Google ad blocker

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Amazon Publishing Books Faring Better on Amazon's New Bestseller Lists - Publishers Weekly


One of Mom's friends is sick and in the hospital, so Panzer's trip into the Catosphere was short today. Our speedy kitty boy made a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon's weekly bestseller lists Amazon Charts.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Amazon published books are placing higher on Amazon Charts than they are on other bestseller lists. It appears this happens because Amazon includes paperback books, hardback books, audio books, and ebooks in its sales totals for Amazon Charts' bestseller list, while the other bestseller lists either don't include ebook sales or only include various combinations of the others.

Amazon books on Amazon Charts?
Panzer says, "When Amazon announced Amazon Charts, this little kitty did tell you that Amazon books/authors would have an advantage."

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 Amazon books

To read Panzer's original post about Amazon Charts, tootle over to Amazon bestseller lists

Monday, June 5, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer with a riddle:

Who's the smartest: a dog, a frog, a hog or a cat?

Four animals are sitting on a beach watching the sunrise.

Suddenly, an electric eel jumps out of the water and accidentally strikes all of them with a mild shock.

"Oops," he says. "Anyone hurt?"

"Woof," says the dog, although his paw is sort of scorched.

Figured out the answer yet?
"Ribbit," says the frog, despite his glazed eyes.

"Oink," says the pig, even though his tail is bacon.

Then the cat says, "Me-ooww!"

"Ah," says the eel. "Cat, may I compensate you for your pain?"

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Onyx Boox e-Note 10.3" eReader to Ship in September - The Digital Reader

It is my day off.
Today when Panzer was sweeping out the Panzermobile, he found a wadded up post stuffed behind the headrest of the passenger seat. Smoothing it out our fastidious kitty boy discovered it was a post from The Digital Reader site about the new Onyx Boox e-Note eReader.

According to site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, it's been announced that the new Onyx Boox e-Note eReader will ship this fall. The new Boox e-Note has a 10.3" display and runs Android 4.0. There's no price information available now. Although in the post Mr. Hoffelder says the eReader will ship in October, the Facebook post he links to says it will ship in September in Turkey. In addition to the Facebook link, there's also a link to an earlier post by Mr. Hoffelder about the Onyx Boox eReader.

Panzer says, "Hmm ,,, It's going from a 9.7" display to 10.3" display. That will be a nice .6" increase for easier reading."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Onyx Boox ereader

Friday, June 2, 2017

ACX Launches in Canada, Ireland - The Digital Reader

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted and knocked around by cheering and clapping. Our strong kitty pilot nearly lost control of his ship. Following all the hullabaloo took him to The Digital Reader site. With no digging at all he discovered the news about Audible Creation Exchange (ACX) that was causing all the noise.

Mom says I have a nice speaking voice.
It turns out, according to a post by site owner Nate Hoffelder that Audible Creation Exchange (ACX) is making their services available in Canada and Ireland. ACX gives authors and publishers the ability to make audiobooks by either narrating their books and stories themselves or hiring a narrator to do it for them. Publishers generally hire a narrator rather than ask the author to narrate their work. When approached, narrators audition with the hope of being hired. Until now ACX's services have only been available to authors and publishers in the U.S. and the U.K. Mr. Hoffelder's post includes a link to the original announcement from ACX.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... It's a whole new opportunity for this little kitty."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Audible Creation Exchange

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Amazon Bookstore Isn't Evil. It's Just Dumb. - New Republic

Today while Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, he stopped in at the New Republic site. There our inquisitive kitty boy found information about Amazon's New York bricks and mortar bookstore.

He has an interesting view on this.
In his post Alex Shephard expresses his disdain for Amazon's New York (city) bricks and mortar bookstore. Mr. Shephard points out that because of the 3,000 book inventory the bookstore carries Amazon can't possibly sell enough books to pay the rent for the bookstore space. He also finds the mixture and staging of the books confusing. He believes Amazon is probably opening bricks and mortar bookstores simply because they have too much money and want to spend some of it. Yesterday, Panzer told you about The Idea Logical Company's site founder Mike Shatzkin's views on the same bookstore.

Panzer says, "Ummm ... This little kitty told you yesterday Amazon couldn't make enough money with such a small inventory to pay the rent on the bookstore."

Note: This a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring two thermos of tea and two dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap halfway through today's reading selection. If you plan to read yesterday's post as well, bring another thermos of lemonade and 2 dozen more muffins and a dozen cookies (biscuits).

To read today's post, tootle over to Amazon bookstore

To read yesterday's post about Amazon's New York bookstore, tootle over to Amazon brick and mortar bookstore

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

First impressions of an Amazon bookstore - The Idea Logical Company

Panzer took a long trip in the Catosphere today. Our kitty pilot was looking for a little adventure. After traveling hither and yon he found a site called The Idea Logical Company. At the site he discovered a blog called The Shatzkin Files. After digging around for a while, he uncovered a post about what Amazon's Manhattan (New York) bookstore is like inside.

This kitty says it's not worth a visit.
According to site founder Mike Shatzkin, his wife found the Amazon store to be like an airport bookstore because all the book covers face outward. Mr. Shatzkin advises it only takes about 20 minutes to browse the entire store. Mainly this is because the store only contains 3,000 titles. Because of this small number, he points out a problem his wife had finding a book she wanted for a gift. Included in the post is a breakdown of the different types of books available.The post also has descriptions of two visits Mr. Shatzkin and his wife made to the bookstore and the differences in each visit.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Only 3,000 books ... Doesn't sound like their sales would be enough to pay the rent."

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

To read the post tootle over to  Amazon bookstore

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

B&N CEO Parneros Defends B&N's Chances - Because He Had To - The Digital Reader

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

I need to watch what happens there.
The post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder concerns an interview in Fortune (magazine) with Barnes and Noble's new CEO Demos Parneros. Mr. Hoffelder quotes questions and answers from the interview in which Mr. Parneros addresses questions about the number of bookstores and sales at the online Barnes and Noble site. Mr. Hoffelder doesn't agree with CEO Parneros' answer about Barnes and Noble's continuing viability as a bookstore company. Included in the post is a link to the Fortune interview. You can read the interview and make your own decision about Barnes and Noble's future.

Panzer says, "Umm ... I hope Mr. Hoffelder is wrong. This kitty sells more ebooks through Barnes and Noble's online site than through Amazon."

Note: This is a smallish-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the link to the Fortune interview, bring another cup of tea and another muffin and a half.

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat research:

After months of study and close observation ...

Professor Panzer has concluded the following:

One out of every one dogs is noisy and stinky.
Maybe Dog News Monthly?

Okay, it may have been a small sample size ...

but the results still hold up.

Now ...

Where can I get my research paper published?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Conde Nast & Hearst Divest Themselves of the U.K. Distribution Business, Comag U.K.'s Future Is Uncertain - Publishing Executive

What will happen now?
Today, Panzer was barely into the Catosphere when he heard wailing and crying. Our brave kitty followed the lamentations and found himself at the Publishing Executive site. It didn't take any digging at all to discover the source of all the noise was a post about distribution company Comag U.K.

According to the post by Linda Ruth, Conte Nast and Hearst have withdrawn from Comag U.K. Since these two are the sole owners of Comag, the distribution company's future is unknown. The options would appear to be the sale of the company or shutting it down. Currently, the company is continuing business as usual. Comag is responsible for 23 percent of the U.K. newsstand distribution of U.S. publications.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... How can it be business as usual if there's nobody to run the company?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Comag U.K. Distribution Business

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Streetlib Now Distributes to Kobo Plus - The Digital Reader

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


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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Harlequin Closing Five Lines, Including Kimani Romance - Book Riot

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Harlequin

Friday, May 19, 2017

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring - DBW

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to audiobook growth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amazon Starts Weekly Bestseller Lists - Publishers Weekly

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Bestseller Lists

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

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

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

Panzer says, "What's an iOS?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to hacking iPad

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on bravery:

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

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

But ...

Vacuum cleaners?

 Are another matter.

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

And ...

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

Paper balls, feathers, cat toys.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Draft2Digital Now Distributes to Kobo Plus - The Digital Reader

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Draft2Digital

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Ingram Periodicals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on nature:

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

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

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

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

Hey ... Wait a minute.

Look at those things.

I mean ...

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

They've got huge, powerful beaks ...

Listen to their noisy trash talk ...

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




Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to ebook sales plunge

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Amazon launches self-service subscription marketplace - Talking New Media

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Onyx Boox Max Carta eReader

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on appropriate discipline:

Oops ...

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

It just sort of rolled over.

And now ...

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

And now ...

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

So ...

What would a Bad Kitty do?

Hmm ...

Sharpen his claws on somebody's leg?


Saturday, April 29, 2017

How to kill a New York Times Bestseller - Book Business

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to European Union lawmakers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

B&N Names Demos Parneros CEO - Publishers Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to print and audiobook

Monday, April 24, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on gifts:

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

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

They smelled great but ...

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

I was a good kitty and ...

tasted each one hoping to find a good one.

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



Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to AmazonCrossingass

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on his Kitty Bucket List:

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

Blah! Blah! Blah!

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


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