Friday, August 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to Nook First Look

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HarperCollins Gets Global and Physical - Publishers Weekly

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to HarperCollins

Monday, August 14, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on listening and learning:

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

Because ...

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

And ...

Then I heard him tell Mom ...

He's got hair growing out of his ears.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Speaking Up to Windows 10 - The New York Times

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to Windows 10

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to  Kobo PDFs

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

International Cat Day

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


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

Monday, August 7, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on cat decorum:

Humans spend entirely too much time disciplining cats.

What's His Name is always ordering me around

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

Like ...

"Get off the chair..."

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

"Get off the couch ..."

Oh, yeah ...

And ...

"Get off Mom's bed."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon sales

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Draft2Digital Now Distributes to Overdrive - The Digital Reader

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

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

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

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

To read the post tootle over to Draft2Digital Overdrive distribution

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

A New Panzerism

A cat's forgiveness? You're kidding, right?
Panzer on cat poetry:

To err is human, ...

To get even ...

Is divine cat justice. *


* Thanks to 18th century poet Alexander Pope.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Voting for the Fan Choice Dragon Awards Ends on 28 August - The Digital Reader

Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile today when he found a wadded up post under the pilot's seat. Flattening it out our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from The Digital Reader site about the Dragon Awards.

According to the post by The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, the deadline for voter registration for the Dragon Awards is open until August 28. The Dragon Awards are a fan alternative to the Hugo Awards. The last three years have been filled with disagreements within the Hugo platform. There's a link included in The Digital Reader post to George R.R. Martin's site where he has a post about the Hugo Awards' history and the current state of affairs there. That's why the Dragon Awards came about: To get back to fan based awards.

After all that reading I need a nap!
There's a link included in The Digital Reader post to become a registered voter for the Dragon Awards. Follow the link. Click the Register to Vote button in the top bar. Fill out the email information form. Be sure to read the Rules. You'll get a confirmation email.

Panzer says, "Read all the information about the categories. There's more to vote for than just dragons!"

Note: This is a short-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to read George R.R. Martin's post too, bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins. Finally, if you plan to register to vote, bring an extra muffin.

To read the post tootle over to Dragon Awards

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amazon Has More Than 50,000 Jobs Available and Expects to Hire Thousands of Employees at the Nation's Largest Job Fair - Press Release

Today, Panzer's trip into the Catosphere turned out to be a noisy one. Our traveling kitty had barely gotten into the Catosphere when his tender little kitty ears were assaulted by cheering and clapping and oohing and awing. Following all the hullabaloo took him to the Amazon site. There he found a press release about the Amazon Jobs Day.

According to the press release, the Amazon Jobs Day is August 2. The job fair will run from 8:00 am to Noon at 10 Amazon fulfillment centers across the U.S. With 10 hiring locations and 50,000 positions to fill, Amazon bills this as The Nation's Largest Job Fair. Tours of the fulfillment centers will be provided so potential employees can see what's entailed in working for Amazon. Qualified employment seekers will be offered jobs "on-the-spot." Locations of the participating fulfillment centers are included in the press release. Almost at the end of the press release is a link to apply online.

Do you think anybody will notice me?
Panzer says, "Shhh ... Don't tell anybody ... But this little kitty thinks he'll go to a fulfillment center just to see what they do in there."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g press release. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the press release tootle over to Amazon jobs

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Color It Dead: Coloring Book Bubble Has Burst - Dead Tree Edition

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our inquisitive kitty was tootling around when he found the Dead Tree Edition site. With a little digging he discovered a post about adult coloring book sales.
wa
According to the Dead Tree Edition post, publishers and bookstores are reporting a decline in adult coloring books sales. In 2016 the only hot topic for discussion in bookstores was adult coloring books high sales. Now, with sales in a steep decline bookstores are refusing to even order adult coloring books. During the adult coloring books' high profile sales days, even magazines entered the adult coloring books craze. Now, magazine publishers are also experiencing the same decline as book publishers and bookstores.
Maybe a kitten's coloring book, instead?

Panzer says, "Hmm ... I guess all this means it's a waste of time for this little kitty to do an adult kitty coloring book."

Note: This is long post. Bring a thermos of tea, a half dozen muffins and three chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to coloring book bubble

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Investor Urges B&N To Find a Buyer - Publishers Weekly

On today's trip into the Catosphere Panzer was greeted by booing and hissing and crying. Following all the clamor took our adventuresome kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he discovered that a post about Barnes and Noble was causing all the noise.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, in a letter to the Board of Directors an investor in Barnes and Noble is suggesting the company put itself up for sale. The investor, Sandell Asset Management Corp., says in their letter they feel Barnes and Noble should either be bought/merged by a larger company or by a private firm and taken private. The letter also says company founder (and majority shareholder) Len Riggio has the financial resources to take the company private.  Included at the beginning of the post is a link to Sandell Asset Management Corp.'s letter to the Board of Directors.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... This little kitty wonders if Sandell Asset Management Corp. thinks they can get more money for their stock if Barnes and Noble gets sold ... Because ... maybe the larger company they want to buy Barnes and Noble is ... Amazon? Or ... maybe because Mr. Riggio would pay more to keep Amazon from buying the company?"

That is one very long letter.
Note: This is a long-medium post. Bring a b-i-g cup of tea and three muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to read Sandell Asset Management Corp.'s letter, bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post, tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Monday, July 24, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on etiquette:

I told Mom ...

I think I should get a chair in the dining room ...

So ...

I can eat at the table with her.

That's what I told her ...

What I know is ...
He can't even purr.

It's undignified for me to eat from a dish on the floor ...

After all ...

She let's What's His Name eat at the table.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Enter a Huge Archive of Amazing Stories, the World's First Science Fiction Magazine, Launch in 1926 - Open Culture

On Panzer's trip today he discovered some interesting information about pulp fiction publishing. Our kitty traveler had barely piloted the Panzermobile into the Catosphere when he heard cheering and clapping and shouting. Following all the rowdiness took him to the Open Culture site. With no digging at all he found information on the digitization of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Amazing Stories.

According to the post, over 500 issues of the Amazing Stories magazine have been digitized. Included in the post is the history of the magazine from inception in 1926 to its closure in 2005. The magazine published many of science fiction's well-known authors, such as Isaac Asimov, George R.R. Martin, Robert Heinlein and Robert Bloch. Included at the beginning of the post below the first illustration there's a link to the Internet Archive site where the magazine issues are available free. At the site, if you click on the title under the cover illustration, you'll be taken to the issue. You can read it online by clicking the cover and each page after that to turn to the next page. Below the cover and to the right are the download options.

And it's all free.
Panzer says, "If you read all the way to the end of the post, there are links to other digitized science fiction and fantasy magazines and radio dramas."

Note: With all the illustrations this is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. Panzer gives a tip of the fedora to The Digital Reader site for a heads-up about the Open Culture site.

To read the post, tootle over to Amazing Stories

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wattpad now pimping writers to Hachett Romans - The Digital Reader

Today, Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our speedy kitty made a quick jump to The Digital Reader site. There with just a little digging around he found a post about Wattpad and Wattpad Studios.

What about marketing and promotion?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post,Wattpad has signed a new publishing partnership agreement with Hachette Livre. Chosen Wattpad writers can have French language translation and publishing of their stories by Hachette Livre. Wattpad Studios which handles the selection of stories receives a commission for their services.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know if there's more involved than just French translation and publishing."

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

To read the post tootle over to Wattpad

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whole Foods Shareholders Sue to Block Amazon Merger - Courthouse News Service

As soon as Panzer entered the Catosphere today the Panzermobile was buffeted by ranting and raving and shouting. Following all the reverberating noises took our brave kitty boy to the Courthouse News Service site. There he found a post about two Texas court cases filed against the Whole Foods Market and Amazon merger/acquisition.

According to the post by Ryan Kocian, two Whole Foods Market shareholders have filed separate lawsuits against Whole Foods Markets and Amazon to stop the proposed merger/acquisition. In one suit Robert Riegel is suing Whole Foods Market and the board of directors. In the second suit Robert Berg is suing Whole Foods Market, the board of directors, Amazon.com and Walnut Merger Sub. Both suits claim a lack of certain financial information, the lack of certain conflict of interest information, and the lack of certain banker interest and financial compensation information makes the proxy statement false and misleading to the shareholders. Both suits are seeking to get class action status.

Blindsided me. Never saw it coming.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... And this little kitty thought it was going to be the federal government that would slow down the acquisition."

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

To read the post tootle over to Whole Foods shareholders

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Indigo Eyes U.S. Expansion - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard whispering and muttering outside the Panzermobile. Following the curious noises took our inquisitive kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Indigo Books and Music.

According to Ed Nawotka's post, rumors abound about Indigo Books and Music's proposed expansion into the U.S. retail book sales market. Indigo bookstores are well represented in Canada under such store brand names as Indigo, Chapters, and Coles, among others. The success of the company's new concept superstores there has contributed to the rumor. Speculation is that the first U.S. Indigo bookstore will open in New Jersey in 2018. The Publishers Weekly post states, "Indigo would neither confirm nor deny" plans to expand to the U.S. So, for right now it's just a rumor.
I think they're making a big mistake.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This little kitty wants to know why Indigo would want to come to the U.S. and go head to head with Amazon. ... Haven't they heard Amazon is opening bricks and mortar bookstores in addition to the online store?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Indigo

Monday, July 17, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on music appreciation:

I woke up Mom and What's His Name this morning

serenading them from the windowsill in the bedroom.

What's His Name told Mom ...

my sweet, wonderful music was annoying yowling.

Then he yelled at me and chased me out of the bedroom.
You know, I have sensitive hearing, too.

Let me tell you something Mom ...

The next time I hear What's His Name  doing his singing in the shower ...

I'll teach him about shampoo, shower curtains and yowling.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Bertelsmann Ups PRH Stake to 75% - Publishers Weekly

I'm feeling better today.
Today, Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our recovering kitty boy made a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging he found a post about Bertelsmann increasing their holdings in PRH (Penguin Random House).

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Bertelsmann intends to increase the company's controlling stake in PRH (Penguin Random House) to 75 percent. When Penguin merged with Random House in 2013 Bertelsmann acquired 53 percent and Pearson 47 percent of the new entity PRH (Penguin Random House). Bertelsmann will acquire an additional 22 percent from Pearson for $968 million. Pearson will retain 25 percent. The deal won't be completed until September, 2017.

Panzer says, "The post does mention Pearson can't sell any portion of their remaining ownership for 18 months. This little kitty would be very surprised if there wasn't also a little clause in the agreement that Bertelsmann has the right of first refusal if Pearson wants to sell."

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 Bertelsmann

Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Post Today

Me-OW-OW-OW! That hurt!
Panzer isn't feeling well today. He went to the veterinarian's office and get two of his annual vaccinations. He'll post tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Bricks and Mortar bookstores -Amazon Books

Panzer was taking a leisurely trip around the Catosphere today, when he happened upon the Amazon Books site. It didn't take any digging at all to discover information about Amazon's bricks and mortar bookstores there.

Five more store?
About one third of the way down the page is the Stores by State heading. Listed are the eight Amazon bricks and mortar bookstores currently open across the U.S. Listed below that are the locations of the five Coming Soon store locations. Included under each of the stores listed is a link to apply for employment. Listed under the employment link is a link to signup for updates on the store.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Amazon is really taking their bricks and mortar bookstores seriously."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon bookstores

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators - Jane Friedman Blog

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile when he heard oohing and awing coming from ahead in the Catosphere. It didn't take our adventuresome kitty long to find the location of all the hullabaloo. It was at the Jane Friedman Blog site. With no digging at all he found a post about Tapas Media that was causing all the noise.

According to Jane Friedman's post, Tapas Media has recently opened their platform to allow authors to self publish their serialized material (novels) there. This means the site is now open to authors/creators of web comics and novels. While Tapas Media has headquarters in both Seoul, South Korea, and San Francisco, California, according to the post its 1.6 million readers are mostly in North America. Author/creators get paid for their work in three ways: by advertising on their work, by readers tipping them, or by being upgraded to 'Premium' content. Two author/creators are interviewed for the post. One is located in Malaysia and the other in the United States, so this appears to be a global platform.
Always listen to the kitty.

Panzer says, "Listen to this little kitty when he says, 'Don't put your paw print on a contract until you read it all the way through to make sure you understand it.'"

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

To read the post, tootle over to Tapas Media


Monday, July 10, 2017

A New Panzerism

Panzer on making apologies:

What do you mean I owe you an apology?

An apology for that wine tasting party you and Mom and all your friends had last night?

I would say, it's you who overreacted when I hacked up that fur ball on the cheese and cracker plate.

It was just an accident you know ...

But ...
I'm waiting.

Then you started screaming and swatted me off the table.

No ...

I would say you owe me an apology.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Ingram Buys NBN's International Division - Publishers Weekly

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. It took a little digging around but he found a post about Ingram Publisher Services.

According to Jim Milliot's post, Ingram Publisher Services has acquired the British distribution company National Book Network International (NBNi) from Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group (RLPG). With the acquisition Ingram has gained access to the British content and distribution market. With the sale of NBNi,  RLPG will concentrate on its publishing division, although the company will still use NBNi for distribution.

Humans are a fun adventure to me.
Panzer says, "Umm ... They sold the company ... so ... they can pay to use the company's services? ... This little kitty will never understand humans."

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 Ingram Publisher Services

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Print Units Up 3% in First Half of 2017 - Publishers Weekly

Print book are up. Ebooks are down.
Today, Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere to go to the Publishers Weekly (PW) site. There he found a post about print book sales.

The Publishers Weekly post quotes information supplied from BookScan about print books sales during the first six months of 2017. The BookScan information was based on the combined print book sales of juvenile fiction and nonfiction and adult fiction and nonfiction. Although juvenile fiction and nonfiction sales outpaced adult fiction and nonfiction, all four had a combined increase of 3 percent during that time period over the same period in 2016.

Panzer says, "Print book sales are up? Hmm ...  Cat Wisdom for humans was just published in paperback. This kitty hopes that's good for sales."

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

To read the post, tootle over to print books

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why Kobo didn't focus only on the U.S., home turf of Amazon - The Globe And Mail

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Globe And Mail site. It didn't take any digging at all for our kitty boy to find a post about ebook and ereader company Rakuten Kobo Inc.'s marketing strategies.

Really smart thinking for humans.
David Israelson says in his post that Michael Tamblyn, President and CEO, attributes Kobo's success to the decision to go global. Early in Kobo's existence the company didn't concentrate on the United States ebook and ereader market for the simple reason Amazon, Apple, Google, and Barnes and Noble were staking their territory there. So while the others were fighting over U.S. digital supremacy, Kobo decided to do global distribution instead. In doing so, the company has grown to number three in the ebook ereader market behind Amazon and Apple. The post includes several interesting facts about Kobo's history.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Smart move to go where nobody else was so they were the first ones there."

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins and six chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post, tootle over to Kobo

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy July 4

Happy Fourth of July
From
Panzer, Mom and What's His Name




A New Panzerism

Panzer on loyalty:

A cat's loyalty may be non-existent ...

Or ...
You choose which you want.

A cat's loyalty may be total ..

And ...

It's totally related to your catnip supply.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Smashwords' Summer Free and Discounted Ebooks Promotion

Every summer Smashwords has a ebooks promotion in July.  Ebooks in the promotion can be free, discounted 75 percent, 50 percent, or 25 percent. Authors can put any or all of their ebooks into the promotion. The prices are only good with the coupon code and at Smashwords.

I don't think you need an account to get free ebooks in the promotion, but, if they're discounted ebooks, you have to have an account to pay for them.

Below are our contributions to the promotion. Remember, you MUST use the coupon code.

Panzer says, "Happy reading while they're free!"


Cats and Crime (Use code SW100 to get it free)













Cat Wisdom for humans (Use code SW100 to get it free)













Romances included in the promotion:

Love's Decisions (Use code SW 100 to get it free)













Under New Management (No code needed. Always free.)










Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amazon Announces Third Annual Prime Day - 30 Hours, Hundreds of Thousands of Deals on July 11 - Business Wire

I can't stay awake for 30 hours.
Today, Panzer made a quick trip to the Business Wire site. There our speedy kitty found a press release about Amazon Prime.

According to the press release this year's Amazon Prime Day will be July 11. Amazon Prime members in (in alphabetic order) Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US can participate in the sales deals. Although the press release heading says Prime Day is on July 11, in the press release it states the deals start on the evening of July 10. Included in the release is information about new features for this year's Prime Day like voice shopping with Alexa-exclusive deals and more.

Panzer says, "It also says in the press release that you can start a free trial Prime membership and be able to get in on the deals. There's even a link included to sign up."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Amazon Prime

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Co-Branded Kindle X Migu Launches in China, Has Two eBookstores - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard cheering and clapping coming from ahead of the Panzermobile. Following all the noise, took our kitty explorer to The Digital Reader site. With just a little digging he discovered news about Amazon's new endeavor in China.

That was a long trip and I am so tired.
According to the post by site owner Nate Hoffelder, on July 10 the new Kindle X Migu will be available in China. The Kindle X Migu is a product of the Amazon and China Mobile partnership. The Kindle X Migu is a basic Kindle with a comparable 658 yuan ($96.21 USD) price to the basic U.S. Kindle. One of the differences between the two is that the Kindle X Migu gives users access to two ebookstores. The Kindle X Migu users can shop the half million ebooks in the Chinese Kindle ebookstore or the 40 million serial ebooks in the MiGu ebookstore.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... If it happened once ... Maybe it will happen again."

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

To read the post, tootle over to Kindle X Migu

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

B&N Eyes Revenue Growth - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With just a little digging around our cute kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble's sales revenue. Panzer told you a couple of days ago about Barnes and Noble's decline in sales in their 2017 Fiscal Revenue Report.

Maybe make them cat friendly, too?
According to Jim Milliot's post, Barnes and Noble is planning to make some changes in the hopes of bringing about company revenue growth. CEO Demos Parneros advises the company is undertaking plans to make stores more customer friendly. While 2017 juvenile book sales were down as were adult coloring books among other sales declines, BN.com sales were up 3.9 percent. CEO Parneros advises other plans include reducing under performing book categories to make room for the more popular categories. Mr. Parneros doesn't expect an instantaneous turnaround and is instead looking at long term goals.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... BN.com sales are up. That's good."

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

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

To read the post about Barnes and Noble's 2017 Fiscal Report, tootle over to Barnes and Noble sales reports

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

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