Friday, December 8, 2017

Freight authors agast as former publisher sets up new imprint - The Guardian

17 Day Until Christmas
Panzer had barely made it into the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was struck by a sound torpedo of crying and screaming. Following the noise trail took our brave kitty pilot to The Guardian site. There he found a post about Scotland's Freight Books.

The post by Alison Flood documents the demise of Freight Books. According to the post, the partnership between Adrian Searle and Davindor Samrai was dissolved in April when Mr. Searle left the company. By September the company was in financial straits and unable to pay its creditors, including authors. The company is currently shutdown and in liquidation. It appears the authors will never be paid. While authors are dealing with the realization they won't receive their royalties, former partner Adrian Searle opened another publishing company the day after the liquidation was announced.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... It just doesn't make sense to this little kitty."

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 Freight authors

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Amazon's Australian Debut Brings Excitement, Dread and Defiance - The New York Times

18 Days Until Christmas
Panzer was awoken from his afternoon nap by a cacophony of noises. Our sleepy kitty boy heard laughing and crying, clapping and gnashing of teeth. Stumbling to the Panzermobile, he headed into the Catosphere. Following all the noise took him to The New York Times site. There he found a post about Amazon's entrance into the Australian marketplace.

According to the post by Adam Baidawi, Amazon opened its online presence in Australia earlier this week with a small number of vendors and products. While the company's entry into the Australian marketplace turned out not to be the formidable juggernaut businesses feared, it's believed Amazon's vendors and their selections will increase over time. The company has a habit of making a small inroad into a marketplace and then exploding with lower prices and innumerable products. The post does say most Australians don't use the Internet to buy products.

Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks Australia will be a hard market for Amazon to break into."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Riggio Ups B&N Stake - Publishers Weekly

19 Day Until Christmas
Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly site. With just a little digging around there our kitty explorer found a post about the effects of Barnes and Noble's most recent sales report.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble founder Len Riggio increased his stock holdings in the company by 1 million shares. Mr. Riggio now owns 19.3 per cent of the company's stock. Last week Panzer told you about the impact of Barnes and Noble's quarterly sales slump on the company's stock price. The post also discusses Sandell Asset Management's proposed (and rejected) take over bid.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks when the stock price is low it's a perfect time for Mr. Riggio to buy more shares."

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

To read today's post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

To read the post about Barnes and Noble's quarterly sales slump, tootle over to Barnes and Noble's sales slump

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kindle Create App Out of Beta - The Digital Reader

20 Days Until Christmas
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity, took our brave kitty explorer to The Digital Reader site. There he discovered a post about Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing's (KDP) Kindle Create App.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon has announced the Kindle Creater App is out of beta testing and ready for Windows and MacOS users. Users can download the free software from KDP to their computers. The software edits (formats) .doc and .docx files to the proper formatting for uploading to KDP for ebook publishing. The software also has four layout templates for users' ebooks. The post includes a link to the download site.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Making it easier to publish to KDP?"

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea and half a muffin to read today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the download link and read the Q and A section, bring a second cup of tea and a muffin.

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle Create app

Monday, December 4, 2017

A New Panzerism


You expected something different? *
Panzer on a canine's true value:

Let sleeping dogs lie ...

After all, they're dogs ...

That's all they're good for.



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, December 1, 2017

Barnes and Noble's Sales Slump and It's Impact

24 days until Christmas
Panzer was awoken from his morning nap today by crying and wailing. Hopping into the Panzermobile took him first to the Publishers Weekly site and then to the Forbes site. Both have posts about Barnes and Noble's second quarter sales.

At his first stop our kitty boy learned that according to the Publishers Weekly post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble's second quarter revenue/sales figures were reported. Revenue/sales were down nearly 8 percent compared to the same time period last year. Barnes and Noble attributed the book sales slump to lower sales in coloring books and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There was also a decline in non-book sales like games and the Nook.

At his second stop he learned that according to the Forbes' post by Jonathan Ponciano, Barnes and Noble's second quarter sales slump also caused a 10 percent decline in their stock price as well. As the bookstore chain moves forward it does intend to place more emphasis on books and less on general merchandise.

Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks we need to help Barnes and Noble increase their holiday sales. ... Here's my plan ... Buy something from them. ... Hint: They do sell Cat Wisdom for humans ebooks and paperbacks."
 
Note: These combined posts are a long read. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selections.

To read the Publishers Weekly post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble sales

To read the Forbes post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble stock

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Field Trip: Barnes & Noble at One Loudoun - The Digital Reader

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging our traveling kitty found a post about a new Barnes and Noble store.

Mmm. Tuna. Almost as good as turkey.
According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, he made a visit to the new Barnes and Noble store in Ashburn, Virginia. The store boasts a 17,000 foot size. It contains a cafe/restaurant, a books section and a general merchandise section that includes a small Nook section. In the books section the tables can be moved to create space for an event.

Panzer says, "Inquiring kitties want to know if tuna sandwiches are on the restaurant menu?"

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Amazon Publishing Launches New imprint - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts there our industrious kitty boy found a post about Amazon's newest publishing imprint.

According to the post by Jim Maher, Amazon has started a new publishing imprint. The Amazon Original Stories imprint will publish short stories, essays and reporting pieces. The material will be between 5,000 and 20,000 words, so "it can be read in a single sitting." The post lists the announced authors scheduled for publication in 2017 and 2018. However, the post doesn't list any submission guidelines or even if Amazon is open to submissions for the new imprint.
It's a simple question.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wants to know exactly what is Amazon's definition of reporting pieces?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon new imprint

Monday, November 27, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on ownership:

Finders Keepers. It's yours. *
Why are you telling me there's a mouse in the kitchen?

You saw it first.

Seriously ...

It's okay. You can have it.



*From Cat Wisdom for humans

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Freda ebook app now out for Android devices: Attn. public domain lovers - TeleRead

Mmm ... Good ... I love turkey day.
Today, Panzer waddled his way into the Panzermobile for his trip into the Catosphere. He's still recuperating from Thanksgiving turkey so his trip was a short one. Our hefty kitty pilot stopped in at the TeleRead site. Luckily there was no digging necessary to find a post about the new Freda app.

According to the post by David Rothman, the new Android version of the ebook reading app Freda is now available. While the heading on the post says public domain users will love the app, the post says it will work for "small publishers" too. The post includes instructions for using various features of the app. Android users can get it free in the Google Play store and there's a direct link in the post. Freda is made by Turnipsoft and they welcome suggestions for improvements and new features. The post also includes information on the paid app Moon+.

Panzer says, "My work here is done and this little kitty is ready for a nap."

Note: This is a long post. Bring half a thermos of cocoa and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Freda for Android

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Simon & Schuster's Vanity Press Launches NaNoWriMo Writing Contest to Exploit More Writers - The Digital Reader

Because Panzer is helping with the baking for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, he made a very short trip into the Catosphere today. Our flour covered kitty made a quick stop at The Digital Reader site. With hardly any digging at all he found a post about Simon and Schuster and National Novel Writing Month.

Listen. This is bad, bad, bad.
According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants (like Panzer and me) need to be particularly careful about a contest run by publisher Simon and Schuster. Archway Publishing (Simon and Schuster's vanity publishing subsidiary) is running a contest called Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest for NaNoWriMo Winners. (You're a Winner if you write 50,000 words during the month.) According to The Digital Reader post, if you've never heard of Archway Publishing, they're an expensive high pressure sales pitch publishing company. This post should be required reading for every writer, not just NaNoWriMo participants.

Panzer says, "Why is NaNoWriMo having anything to do with this company?"

Note: This is a medium post. Bring a cup of hot cocoa and a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Simon and Schuster

Monday, November 20, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on moral concepts:

Mom said, "Bad kitty," when I scratched the furniture.

You know ... What's His Name always says she's pretty smart.

So I thought about what Mom said for a long time ...

in between my morning nap and my afternoon nap.

And ...

This is what I decided:
Sorry ... You're wrong again Mom.

There are two ways to look at it,

My way ...

And ...

The wrong way.



* From Cat Wisdom for humans



Friday, November 17, 2017

B&N Dismisses Takeover Proposal - Publishers Weekly

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishers Weekly site. There our traveling kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble.

Huh?
According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble announced Sandell Asset Management made an  offer to take Barnes and Noble private (buy?) for a reported $650 million.* Apparently, Sandell would start a new company, all the Barnes and Noble shareholders would be required to put their shares into the new company, and then Sandell would control the new company. Barnes and Noble stated in their announcement the company (and founder Len Riggio) had rejected the offer.

Panzer says, "Sandell wants to do what?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

*Updated to correct amount offered.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Amazon Sellers Brood as States Come Calling for Taxes - The New York Times

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by booing and hissing. Following all the hubbub took our brave kitty to The New York Times site. With a little digging he found a post about Amazon and sales taxes.

I'll never understand humans.
The post by Nick Wingfield states Amazon will begin collecting sales taxes for its marketplace merchants who sell merchandise to Washington state residents. It seems the state legislature needed some more money, so they passed a law to collect more sales taxes and the impact is on Amazon's merchants big and small. According to the post, other states are preparing to follow suit.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Inquiring kitties want to know what's going to happen next with this sales tax thingy? No more merchandise sales to Washington residents? Just curious."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kindle's 10-Year Journey - The Telegraph

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Telegraph site. With a little digging by our inquisitive kitty, he found a post about the Kindle anniversary later this week.

The Telegraph post states the first Amazon Kindle was introduced to the reading public on November 19, 2007. The post covers the evolution of Amazon's ereader from the original Kindle in 2007 to the Kindle Oasis introduced on October 31, 2017. Also included in the post are the publishers and indie authors who began adding their books to the platform in the early days.

She has 121 ebooks on it.
Panzer says, "Umm ... You know ... All you have to do is replace the battery and those Kindles last forever. ... Mom still has a Kindle 2 she uses to read in bed at night."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pearson Closes DRM - Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers' Account - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard crying and wailing. Flowing all the noise took our brave kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Pearson's ebookstore closing.

The post by The Digital Reader founder Nate Hoffelder states Pearson intends to close their MyPearsonStore.com DRM-free ebookstore on April 30, 2018, Customers need to download their ebook purchases before then as all customer accounts and purchases will be deleted on that date. There's a copy of Pearson's announcement included in The Digital Reader post.
One less online bookstore.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Another online ebookstore closes their doors."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Pearson eBookstore

Monday, November 13, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the essence of the ideal:

Mom says it's important to practice what you're good at to get better at it.

Okay ...

Perfection is my goal. *
Nap Practice at 1:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 2:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at 3:00 p.m.

Nap Practice at ...




* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

B&N Unveils New Apps and New Holiday Sales Strategy - Publishers Weekly


Already thinking about Christmas?
Panzer was out tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard holiday music. Our inquisitive kitty boy followed all the noise to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble's plans for the holiday sales season.

According to the post by John Maher, Barnes and Noble has two new apps to make holiday shopping easier. The first is called Book Graph. When a customer chooses an online book to examine, the app gives them other similar books to consider. Included in the post is a link to the app. The second app is called SmartGift. After a customer purchases a gift they can send an email to the recipient. The recipient has the option to receive the gift or return it and pick another. There's also a holiday catalog/gift guide for the holiday season. Barnes and Noble also has a book drive for charity running until January 1, 2018. Customers can buy a book and donate it to the charity book drive.

Panzer says, "This little kitty thinks that second app is interesting. ... Mom can send an email to me that says 'I bought you a new cat sweater. If you don't like it you can exchange it for what you want.' ... Hmm ... Then I can exchange it for catnip. ... Sounds good to me."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Macmillan to Close Its Self-Publishing Unit, Pronoun - Publishers Weekly

Today, as soon as Panzer entered the Catosphere he discovered something was wrong. The Panzermobile was buffeted and knocked around by all the crying and shouting. Following the sounds of distress took our brave kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found breaking news about self-publishing platform Pronoun's fate.

How humans hunt: Catch. Eat. Kill.
In a post by Calvin Reid Panzer learned Pronoun is being closed down. Pronoun is platform similar to Smashwords. Indie authors/publishers upload their material to Pronoun for distribution to retailers. As of now the Pronoun platform won't accept any new author/publisher accounts.  It will totally shut down all accounts and distributions on January 15, 2018. Macmillan bought Pronoun in May 2016. No announcement has been made by Macmillan about the shut down decision.

Panzer says, "Umm ... Nobody needs to make an announcement about anything. It's simple.  Buy your competition and then shut them down."

Note: This is a medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. (If you're a Pronoun platform user, you'll probably want a box of tissues too.)

To read the post, tootle over to Pronoun closure



Monday, November 6, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on persistence:

Greatness is never easy.
It requires focus, intense effort, and endurance.
 But after much struggle I have made it.
I am at the top of the world.
I am the greatest!
You can't make me!*
I am the King of all I survey!

What ... ?
What do you mean get off the curtains?

No!
Your King has spoken.


* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, November 3, 2017

As retail rivals retreat, Indigo Books plans five U.S. stores in next two years - Financial Post

Not your average book store?
Today Panzer's trip into the Catosphere took him to the Financial Post site. There with just a little digging he found a post about Canada's Indigo Books future plans.

According to the post at Financial Post by Hollie Shaw, Canada's Indigo Books and Music plans to open its first store in the United States. The store will be in the Mall in Short Hills, New Jersey. It doesn't appear Indigo Books will be in direct competition with Amazon or Barnes and Noble's bricks and mortar stores, because in addition to books Indigo also sells toys, baby items and other general merchandise.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know if they sell e-readers. ... And ... If they do, what kind?"

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 Indigo Books

Thursday, November 2, 2017

First Look at the New Nook Glowlight 3 - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our adventuresome kitty to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about the new Nook Glowlight 3.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, Barnes and Noble's new Nook Glowlight 3 ereader is available now. The Glowlight 3 comes with a 6 inch screen and color changing front light. It also comes with a battery that lasts 50 days. The price is $119.00. The post includes several images of the ereader and a link to check out the specifics on it.

Now where did I put that Kindle?
Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks it looks like a lot like the old Kindle that used to be next to Mom's bed."

Note: All of the ereader images make this a longish post. Bring half a thermos of cocoa and three muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Nook Glowlight 3

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Audible Launches Dedicated Romance Service - Publishers Weekly

It's only the first day and I'm so tired.
Today is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so Panzer got a late start into the Catosphere. Our sleepy little kitty boy made a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Amazon's Audible.

According to the post by Shannon Maughan, Audible, Amazon's audio book arm, has added a new membership category called Audible Romance. A membership in Audible Romance is $14.95 per month. If, however, you already have a regular Audible membership, it's only an additional $6.95 per month to add the new service. Listeners will be able to choose their romance audio books based on a Steaminess Score. There are stages to the score starting with Sweet and getting hotter from there.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Does Audible have an Audible Mystery category? ... And ... Do they have a Dead Villain Score?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Audible Romance

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NaNoWriMo Is Big for Writers - and It Helps Publishers, Too - Publishers Weekly (PW)

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere enjoying his Halloween travels when he heard strange noises. Following them took our little kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he found a post about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow.
According to the post by Jason Boog, November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is set to be the largest ever. It's projected 350,000 writers will participate in this year's NaNoWriMo. By the end of November participants must write a 50,000 word novel (or first draft). Those who finish their novels will receive a badge for their website or blog. The post includes interviews with previous NaNoWriMo finishers who've had their novels published. Also included are agents whose clients participate as a starter for their novels.

Panzer says, "I'm all ready. Are you?"

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

To read the post, tootle over to National Novel Writing Month

Happy Halloween!



Every Day Is Halloween for Me




Monday, October 30, 2017

A New Panzerism

Yuk!
Panzer on butterflies:

Mom likes butterflies and so do I.
She likes their bright colors and so do I.
She likes the way they flutter around and so do I.

But it sure seems something that pretty should taste better.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy National Black Cat Day!

October 27 Is National Black Cat Day



It's Not Easy Being An Adored National Idol

Thursday, October 26, 2017

'What could I do? I was a monster': Meet Shelley, the AI horror writer that collaborates with humans to create hair-raising tales - DailyMail.com

Five days to Halloween.

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard crying and moaning coming from ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the noise took our brave kitty boy to the DailyMail.com site. There he found a post about an AI (Artificial Intelligence) horror writer named Shelley.

Don't worry. She's no Stephen King.
According to Cheyenne MacDonald's post, Shelley, the AI horror writer, is a product of the MIT Media Lab. Shelley was given a steady reading diet of horror stories. In this way she learned to write horror stories. Shelley now has her own Twitter account where she tweets a horror story each hour. Anyone with a Twitter account can follow her and collaborate on horror stories with her.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... The post includes what the MIT workers consider a mistake by Shelley in one of her stories.  But this little kitty knows humor when he reads it. Humans ... She did it on purpose to test you."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. Also, the DailyMail.com site has some ads you'll want to close as you read the post.

To read the post, tootle over to Shelley

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Amazon's Hall of Spinning Knives - David Gaughran

Six days to Halloween.
Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to David Gaughran's blog. With a little digging he discovered a post about Amazon's fraud detection system.

According to David Gaughran's post, Amazon's fraud detection system has been catching some innocent authors. The system is designed to identify authors who use clickfarms/bots to increase the sales numbers of their books. Most of the authors' books mentioned in the post were in free promotions, so the "sales" were free downloads. As a result of the fraud detection system, the authors' books were rank-stripped. The authors were also warned their accounts were eligible for shut down if another infraction was detected. The post describes two possible reasons for the authors' books being flagged.  One is there's a problem with Amazon's fraud detection system itself or the second is the authors may have been targeted by scammers.The authors targeted even included New York Times bestselling authors.

Panzer says, "Umm ... It appears Amazon uses bots to answer authors emails, so you can't even ask what's happening."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Amazon Announces All-New Kindle App - Easier Than Ever to Read and Connect with Friends - Press Release

You know Halloween is coming, right?
Today, as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he heard strange sounds outside the Panzermobile. Following the whispering took our adventuresome kitty to the Amazon press site. With no digging at allow he found a press release about a new Amazon Kindle app.

According to the press release Amazon has a new Kindle app for your iOS and Android phone or tablet. With both versions of the app you'll be able to read a book or visit the bookstore to look for another book. The iOS app gives you access to Goodreads. That feature will be added to the Android version later. The press release goes into more details about each of the features. It also includes links to download the apps.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty wonders if he can text to Goodreads on his phone screen with his long claws."

Note: This is a short-long press release. Bring two cups of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the press release tootle over to Amazon app

Monday, October 23, 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.

Listen to me ... It's not going to happen.*
But ...
if you tell a cat to sit,
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 to do.


* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, October 20, 2017

Introducing the Smart Author Podcast - Smashwords

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Surprising Suitor for Amazon Headquarters II - Publishers Weekly

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon HQ2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to KDP Jumpstart

Monday, October 16, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on plausible deniability:

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

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

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

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

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



* From Cat Wisdom for Humans

Friday, October 13, 2017

CreateSpace Is Closing Its Online Bookstore - GoodEreader

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Createspace

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ingram Expands Into Spain - Publishers Weekly

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Ingram

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the press release, tootle over to Kindle Oasis

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on going to the veterinarian's:

A riddle for you:

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

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

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

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

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



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

Friday, October 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon buy button

Thursday, October 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon taxes

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Kindle Unlimited Is Not Here To Make Friends - Gene Doucette

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle Unlimited

Monday, October 2, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the Kitty Toy Hall of Fame:

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




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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Panzer Update

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


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