Friday, June 14, 2019

Dispute Arises Over 'No-No Boy,' a Classic of Asian-American Literature With a Complex History - The New York Times

Today, Panzer was shaken from his nap by booing and hissing coming from the Catosphere. Hopping in the Panzermobile, our brave kitty pilot followed all the noise to The New York Times site. There he found a post about Penguin Random House's Penguin Classics.

According to Alexandra Alter, there's a publishing disagreement between Penguin Random House's Penguin Classics and Shawn Wong, a University of Washington professor, the John Okada estate and the University of Washington Press. The disagreement surrounds Penguin Classics new publication of John Okada's 1957 novel No-No Boy. The novel a Japanese-American man who refused to serve in the US military in WWII. Shawn Wong believes his 1976 copyright of the Okada novel (and subsequent transfer of the copyright to the University of Washington Press) prevents Penguin Classics from publishing the novel. Penguin Classics believes that copyright only covers portions of the novel and they can publish the remainder of the novel. Penguin published the novel in May.

Hearing even more booing and hissing, our kitty boy traveled on to The Seattle Times site. With no digging at all he found a post there about the disagreement too.

According to The Seattle Times' Moira Macdonald, Penguin Random House has now contacted the Okada estate. The estate representative, however, is not interested in dealing with Penguin at this time. The University of Washington has paid the Okada estate royalties for the novel since it was published by them. Penguin has made no such offer. Several Seattle bookstores have pledged not to sell Penguin Classics' version of  No-No Boy. Several well-know authors have also voiced their disapproval of Penguin's actions.
I'm serious. Don't buy Penguin's version..

Panzer says, "Under no circumstances will this little kitty ever buy a copy of Penguin Classics' No-No Boy."

Note: The New York Times post is long. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. The Seattle Times post is also long. Bring another cup of tea and two muffins to read it too.

To read The New York Times post tootle over to No-No Boy

To read The Seattle Times post tootle over to John Okada's No No Boy

 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

HarperCollins unveils 'dynamic' new digital-first division One More Chapter - The Bookseller

Today as Panzer entered the Catosphere he felt the Panzermobile start to reverberate from all the clapping and cheering coming from outside. Following all the hullabaloo took our brave kitty pilot to The Bookseller site. There with a little digging in the posts he discovered the one about HarperCollins that was causing all the noise.

Hmm ... Ebook format only. Interesting.
According to Heloise Wood, HarperCollins (yes, that is the correct way to write it) has gathered the company's three digital publishing divisions together under one new brand called One More Chapter. Charlotte Ledger will be the editorial director of the new division. Chosen submissions will appear in ebook format only first. There's an email address included in the post to contact the new division about submissions.

Panzer says, "Be sure to read the Comments section. There's only one there, but it has a lot of important questions."

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

To read the post tootle over to HarperCollins

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Harlequin Unveils New Film/TV Arm - Publishers Weekly


Harlequin Romance Movies?
Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Publishers Weekly site. There with no digging at all he discovered a post about publisher Harlequin.

According to Rachel Deahl, romance publisher Harlequin has announced the formation of a new company division called Harlequin Studios. Publisher Harlequin has rights to 30.000 books available for Harlequin Studios. Harlequin Studios has already contracted for 20 tv movies.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks Harlequin Studios wants to give Hallmark Channel some competition in the romance genre. What do you think?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Harlequin

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Penguin Random House Buys F+W Media's Books at Auction - Publishing Perspectives

Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile in the Catosphere when he heard crying and whining outside. Following all the noise took our brave kitty to the Publishing Perspectives site. With a little digging in the posts he discovered one about F+W Media's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

I don't care what they say. It won't be the same.
According to Publishing Perspective's Editor-in-Chief Porter Anderson, Penguin Random House has announced through a press release the company's acquisition of F+W Media's publishing assets through a bankruptcy auction. The publishing assets include F+W Books. F.W Books has over 2,000 nonfiction books which includes Writer's Digest Books as well as other crafts and arts books. Later this week (June 13) will be the auctioning of F+W Communities by the bankruptcy court. This will include the magazines, webinars, and other forms of communications. The post includes a link to an earlier post about F+W Media and links to information about some of F+W's books.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wonders if the writers of all those books will still get their royalties on time?"

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you follow the links included in the post, bring another cup of tea and another muffin. Oh, and, if you have been a reader of Writer's Digest books or magazine, you might want to bring a hankie for your tears at the passing of a long time writers' friend.

To read the post tootle over to Penguin Random House

Monday, June 10, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on Spring flowers:

What's His Name bought Mom some red roses today.

Mom said she loves them.

Watch out for the thorns.
Roses are okay I guess ...

But ...

A dozen roses don't look like much ...

When you rip off all those bright red petals.



Friday, June 7, 2019

Equity Firm Agrees to Buy B&N - Publishers Weekly

Panzer decided to make a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site today. With no digging at all our adventuresome kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble.

According to the Publishers Weekly post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble has agreed to an acquisition by the equity firm Elliot Advisors. The purchase will close in the third quarter of this year. James Daunt will then become CEO. The equity firm has also announced that after the acquisition the Barnes and Noble headquarters will stay in New York. Barnes and Noble sales declined recently. The company has tried various efforts to turn sales around ranging from opening new eating venues in the stores to changing CEOs. The company is in the midst of a lawsuit and counter suit with the last CEO, Demos Parneros.
Guess I'll have to find another online store.

Panzer says, "Umm ... This might not be good news for this little kitty. There's no mention of Barnes and Noble's online store or the Nook ereader. Most of my ebook sales are through Barnes and Noble's online store."

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

To read the post about the Demos Parneros lawsuit tootle over to Parneros lawsuit

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Canadian Publishing Reacts to New 'Industry Committee' Copyright Report - Publishing Perspectives

Panzer had hardly entered the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was shaken by shock waves from clapping and cheering. Following the cacophony took our brave kitty to the Publishing Perspectives site. There he discovered a post about the new Canadian Copyright Report.
Stealing is stealing no matter who you are.

According to Porter Anderson, the Canadian Industry Committee released their copyright report today to be considered in conjunction with the May Heritage Committee's copyright report. Both reports address the effects writers and artists of all kinds have suffered since the 2012 Copyright Modernization Act. Educators and students began taking advantage of unforeseen impacts by copying and scanning materials without the copyright holders knowledge and/or permission and without payment. The post includes links to previous posts with other information about the Copyright Act and last month's Heritage Committee report.


Panzer says, "Hmm ... Maybe now the Canadian government will also take a look at a certain US copyright infringer that calls itself a library."

Note: This post is super h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s in length. Bring a gallon of iced tea and two dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post, bring an extra thermos of tea and an extra dozen muffins. Oh, you'll also need your sleeping bag for a nap in the middle of your reading experience.

To read the post tootle over to Copyright Report

To read Panzer's previous post about book scanning by the US library tootle over to Author Groups Protest Library Scanning

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Licensing Expo 2019: Publishers Hunt New Revenue Streams - Publishers Weekly

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he decided to make a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site. There with no digging at all our speedy kitty boy found a post about the 2019 Licensing Expo.

According to the post by Karen Raugust, publishers have decided the newest revenue stream for the books they publish is to sell licensing rights to the characters and brands in the books. The licensing rights can be used to produce board games, toys, workbooks, puzzles, and/or audio books. The post includes quotes from representatives of several children's book publishers.
Humans can do it? Then so can I.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty never thought about selling the rights to puzzles and stuff based on my books. Hey! Wait a minute! I can do it myself. I already do my calendars."

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

To read the post tootle over to New Revenue Streams

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

At BookExpo: Sharjah Publishing City Signs Ingram Lightning Source - Publishing Perspectives

Panzer was shaken awake from his nap by clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Hopping in the Panzermobile our intrepid kitty traveler followed all the hubbub to the Publishing Perspectives site. There with only a little digging in the posts he found one about Ingram Lightning Source.

Their market share is getting bigger too.
According to Publishing Perspectives site owner Porter Anderson in an exclusive, Ingram Lightning Source announced an agreement to become a tenant in the Sharjah Publishing City. This will be a new Print on Demand (POD) location for Lightning Source and will allow for faster distribution to the Arab world and African markets from the company. The post not only covers the Ingram Lightning Source - Sharjah Publishing City agreement but also information on the Publishing City facilities and history.

Panzer says, "This opens a huge market for Ingram Lightning Source POD."

Note: This is a humongous post. Bring two thermoses of tea, two dozen muffins and you'll definitely need a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle.

To read the post tootle over to Ingram Lightning Source

Monday, June 3, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on clear thinking:

Humans make things too complicated.

They have all these names for what they call cat breeds:

There's Siamese, Persian, Abyssinian, Burmese ...

And on and on and on and on.

Humans just need to think like cats do.

Do you get it?
There are only two kinds of cats ...

One handsome cat

and ...

All the rest.





Thursday, May 30, 2019

Indigo Posts Fiscal 2019 Loss - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts there he discovered one about Indigo Books and Music.

I'll watch them this year.
According to Publishers Weekly's Jim Milliot, Canada's Indigo Books and Music just reported their 2019 sales. Indigo's fiscal 2019 year ended on March 30 2019. The fiscal report shows sales were down 3 percent against fiscal 2018 sales. The company says store renovations, closures and other operating expenses contributed to the lower sales figure.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... One bad year doesn't mean anything as long as it doesn't continue into this year."

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 Indigo

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Amazon quietly started promoting a new kind of store after pulling the plug on its pop-up kiosks - Business Insider

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard shushing and hushing outside the Panzermobile. Following all the "Be quiet" noises outside took our inquisitive kitty to the Business Insider site. There he discovered a post about Amazon's newest stores.

There's something useful in here somewhere.
According to Dennis Green, Amazon has been opening some new stores. The post begins with a screen shot from the Amazon website featuring the Presented by Amazon stores. Below that is a list of the main points of the post. Scrolling past that is the actual post. Amazon closed all their mall pop-up kiosks in April and now have four mall locations for the Presented by Amazon stores. The new stores are retail outlets although Business Insider is unsure about the type of merchandise to be sold in them. There's a link in the post to the Amazon website where you'll see links to each of the four new stores. Following each of those links will take you to a page which lists the address, phone number and a location map for the individual store.

Panzer says, "It's a rabbit warren of links. Don't get lost."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and two chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection. If you follow the links, bring another cup of tea, a muffin and a headache tablet (because you're going to have a headache after following all those links.)

To read the post tootle over to new Amazon stores

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

PRH takes minority stake in Sourcebooks - Publishers Weekly

I really enjoyed my extra vacation day.
After taking off the Memorial Day weekend Panzer cleaned out the Panzermobile today. When he was sweeping the mat under the passenger seat, he found a wadded up post. Smoothing it out our fastidious kitty boy discovered it was a Publishers Weekly post about the Penguin Random House acquisition of a minority stake in Sourcebooks.

According to Jim Milliot,  Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired a 45 percent stake in Sourcebooks. The post states there will be no changes to Sourcebooks, except a new management board has been created. The board chair will be Sourcebooks founder Dominique Raccah. The board will also include two PRH members.

Panzer says, "For the authors working with Sourcebooks this little kitty hopes there are no changes there."

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 PRH minority stake in Sourcebooks

Friday, May 24, 2019

Clock Is Ticking on B&T Retail Shutdown - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard crying and wailing. Following all the heart-wrenching noises took our brave kitty to the Publishers Weekly site. With no trouble at all he found the post about Baker and Taylor that was causing all the angst.


According to Publishers Weekly's Jim Milliot, Baker and Taylor is shutting down its retail wholesaling business. Baker and Taylor will no longer ship books from publishers to independent booksellers. Booksellers will now have to order their books directly from the publishers. Publishers have begun setting up programs to fill the void left by Baker and Taylor's withdrawl from the market. The post includes links to previous posts about the shutdown and information about the publishers' plans.
It will all work out.

Panzer says, "By closing down their retail wholesaling business Baker and Taylor is causing a little bit of a mess for independent booksellers."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of lemonade and two sugar cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow all the links, bring a thermos of cocoa and half a dozen muffins. (You'll need something more substantial than lemonade and cookies (biscuits) if you're going to follow all those links.)

To read the post tootle over to Baker and Taylor

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sweden's Storytel Continues Its Global Expansion - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts our inquisitive kitty found one about Storytel.

It seems to be everywhere I look.
According to the post by Ed Nawotka, Sweden's Storytel plans to continue its global expansion with the addition of Brazil and Germany to the 16 countries it already serves. Storytel doesn't actually set up business in other countries, instead it's expansion is fueled by the acquisition of companies in the other countries. Through this expansion the company now offers audiobooks, ebooks and publishes print books.

Panzer says, "Storytel may be trying to beat Amazon by taking over the audiobook market outside the U.S."

Note: This is a long 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 Storytel

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Walmart Launches Three Sub-$99 Tablets to Challenge the iPad - The Digital Reader

Today as Panzer was taking his afternoon nap he was rudely shaken from his kitty bed by laughing and chortling coming from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile our brave kitty boy followed all the noise to The Digital Reader site. There with a little digging in the posts he found one about Walmart's new tablets.

$64? Really?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Walmart has three new tablets for sale in-store now. The tablets sell for $64, $79 and $99. All use the Android OS. There's a link in the post to a Bloomberg post about the Walmart announcement. Also included in the post is a link to the sales page at the Walmart site for the 8-inch $64 tablet.

Panzer says, "Read all the reviews at the Walmart site."

Note: This is a short post. Bring half a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links to Bloomberg and Walmart, bring the other half a cup of tea and a muffin..

To read the post tootle over to Walmart tablets

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Amazon Literary Partnership Announces More than $1M in 2019 Grants - Publishering Perspectives

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when his sensitive kitty ears were assailed by clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our kitty boy to the Publishing Perspectives site. With no digging at all he found a post about the Amazon Literary Partnership.

According to the post by Publishing Perspectives editor Porter Anderson, the Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded $1M in grant funding to the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Port Townsend Writers Conference (Centrum), Clarion West and 63 other literary nonprofit organizations. The Amazon Literary Partnership is ten years old and gives the grants annually. A complete list of all the nonprofit recipients is included in the post. Also included are links to other posts with information about the grants.
After all this work I deserve a nap too.

Panzer says, "MeWoW! NaNoWriMo!"

Note: This is a h-u-g-e post. Bring a gallon of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the included links, bring another gallon of tea, another dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a cat nap in the middle.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon Literary Partnership

Monday, May 20, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on helping Mom with her spring cleaning:

Mom said it's time for spring cleaning. She started in the bathroom.

She got one of those jars of mashed up flower stuff humans put on the toilet tank.

I think she called it a poo-poo poo-pery jar.

Then she said she had everything clean in there.

Well ...

I don't think so.

I want to help her with her spring cleaning.

So ...

A quick flick with my awesome right paw ...
Oh look ... It floats. *

And ...

A splash ...

And the toilet tank top is cleaned off.

Anything else you need help with Mom?



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jens Klingelhofer Rolls Out a New 'Bookwire Os' Expansion of Service - Publishing Perspectives

I'll just lay here and recuperate.
Panzer had to go to the vet yesterday for his annual vaccinations so he didn't post; but today he's back in the Catosphere. Our recovering kitty made a stop at the Publishing Perspective site. There with a little digging in the posts he found one about Bookwire.

According to Publishing Perspective's Editor-in-Chief Porter Anderson, Bookwire CEO Jens Klingelhofer has announced an expansion in services. In addition to the company's ebook distribution, it will now offer audio book and POD book services. The post includes screen shots of Bookwire's new dashboard. Also included are links to other posts/sites for information about Bookwire and the announcement.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Another company enters the audio book market."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links, bring a half a thermos of tea and three more muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Bookwire OS expansion

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Reedsy Has Launched an Epub to Mobi Converter - The Digital Reader

Today, as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere the Panzermobile was suddenly shaken by clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity took our brave kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Reedsy's new Epub to Mobi converter.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Reedsy has a new Epub to Mobi converter available. The post states the converter is easy to use and works well. There's a link included in the post to the converter.
The more I save the more catnip I can afford.

Panzer says, "Hmm ...This makes a conversion easier and less expensive."

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

To read the post tootle over to Reedsy's epub to mobi converter

Monday, May 13, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the joys of Spring:

It's that great time of year again ...

Spring!

That time when tantalizing wisps of Summer coming are in the air.

I can feel my muscles ripple beneath the undulating waves of my beautiful sun-ripened fur.

I am strong ...

I am brave ...

I am a hunter ...

Oh no!
 Spring is a waste of time.

I forgot ...

Scotch Broom is blooming ...

And ...

I have hay fever!



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day
To All the Mothers
in the Catosphere And Everywhere!



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Amazon: Over 1,000 Authors Each Earned Over $100 Grand in Royalties in 2018 - The Digital Reader

Where's my $100,000?
Today Panzer made a quick stop at The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about Amazon's indie authors.

According to Nate Hoffelder, Amazon released a report that includes information about indie authors' royalties from book sales through the company. Amazon says in their report that over a thousand authors made over $100,000. There's a link included in the post to download the twelve page PDF report. The author information is included on page 11 of the report.

Panzer says, "It's not necessary to download the report. Just read the post at The Digital Reader site and you'll have all the information you need. Believe this little kitty. Mom downloaded the report and read it to me. Skip it."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon authors

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Authors Guild Praises Nora Roberts' Legal Action on Digital Plagiarism - Publishing Perspectives


Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was shaken by clapping cheering outside. Following all the hullabaloo took our traveling kitty boy to the Publishing Perspectives site. There with a little digging he discovered a post about the Authors Guild and Nora Roberts.

Gotcha!
According to Porter Anderson, the Authors Guild has voiced its support for Nora Roberts in her fight against plagiarism. In April Nora Roberts sued Cristiane Serruga for plagiarism for copying Roberts and others' books. Serruga claims her ghost writers plagiarized others works without her permission. In a post on her site, Roberts not only addressed Serruga's plagiarism but Amazon's lack of control of plagiarists and the authors' stolen works. Panzer told you about the lawsuit last week. There are several links included in the post to learn more about Roberts' lawsuit.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... You know there's software to check for that, right?"

Note: This is a huge post. Bring half a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post, bring another thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Authors Guild

To read the post about Nora Roberts lawsuit tootle over to Nora Roberts

Monday, May 6, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on camping:

What's His Name told Mom Spring is here ...

And ...

He wants to enjoy the great outdoors.

So ...

He wants to go camping with her ...

In a pup tent ...

And ...

Doesn't sound like fun to me.
Roast hot dogs.

It's got to be a joke ... Right?

I mean ...

Enjoy the outdoors with a puppy and a bunch of dogs?






Friday, May 3, 2019

France's Lagardere Studios Announces a Book-to-Screen Deal With Wattpad - Publishing Perspectives

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he decided to make a quick stop at the Publishing Perspectives site. With a little digging in the posts our ambitious kitty found one about Wattpad.

Now for a well earned nap.
According to Publishing Perspectives Editor-in-Chief Porter Anderson, Wattpad Studios and France's Lagardere Studios have announced a partnership agreement. The agreement gives Lagardere Studios the first option to produce Wattpad material in French. The material will be produced for television, movies or digital. There are several links to other posts about Wattpad and partnership agreements the company has entered into included in the post.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Wattpad is really increasing their footprint across the movie and television platforms."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a half thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links included in the post, bring another thermos of tea and a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Wattpad


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism' - AP News

Panzer was shaken from his kitty bed by clapping and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile, our speedy kitty boy followed all the noise to the AP News site. With a little digging he found a post about bestselling author Nora Roberts.

You will get caught.
According to Hillel Italie, Nora Roberts has sued Brazilian author Cristiane Serruya. Author Nora Roberts alleges in her suit filed in Brazil that Cristiane Serruya plagiarized her work multiple times. Serruya has said ghost writers she was using did the plagiarizing, but she's still selling the books in question. Amazon removed the books after Roberts notified them of the offenses, but other sites are still selling them.

Panzer says, "You steal it, you still have to pay the price eventually."

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 Nora Roberts

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tolkien film-makers insist they were respectful after estate disavows biopic - The Guardian


Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he heard angry shouting coming from outside the Panzermobile. Following all the noise took our inquisitive kitty to The Guardian site. There with a little digging in the posts he found one about the Lord of the Rings author  J.R.R. Tolkien.

According to Alison Flood, there's a "bio pic" of J.R.R. Tolkien's early years slated for release in May. The film-makers didn't consult the family or the estate about the material contained in the movie, but say the film is respectful of Tolkien. Since the family and estate had nothing to do with the film they refuse to endorse it. The post includes a link to a longer post explaining the family and estate's position on the film.
I'll do one about Mom and not ask. She'll like it.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... They made a film without consulting the family ... and ... now ... they want the family to say it's a great film. Well ... This little kitty doesn't think that's going to happen."

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 longer post, bring a muffin too.

To read the post tootle over to Tolkien film

Monday, April 29, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on famous sayings:
(That he heard somewhere or maybe just made up.)

It's a catastrophe. (Get it?)
Sleeping in late is a bad idea ...

It disrupts the nap schedule ...

Not to mention ...

the eating schedule too.




Friday, April 26, 2019

Consumer Use of Audiobooks Continues to Rise - Publishers Weekly


Panzer made a quick stop at the Publishers Weekly site today. There our speedy little kitty boy found a post about audiobooks.

According to Ed Nawotka at Publishers Weekly, audiobook use is up. A recent survey by Edison Research and Triton Media shows 50 percent of all Americans have listened to an audiobook in the past year. Where does all this listening happen? Most of it is in their cars. It's reported that 74 percent listen in their cars. Newer vehicles come with a built-in entertainment center which includes the ability to listen to your audiobook as you go to work. There is a link included in the post to the original press release about the uptick in audiobook listening.

Mom says I have an amazing voice.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... I know audiobooks are the bright-shiny new thing right now. So ... I've been practicing for doing my own audio book. What's His Name told Mom I'll be ready in about a century ... whatever that is."

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 audiobooks

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Books to Film: Sony Pictures Television Partners With Wattpad on Original Progamming - Publishing Perspectives

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to the Publishing Perspectives site. There with a little digging around in the posts pile our traveling kitty found one about Wattpad.

According to Porter Anderson's post, Wattpad and Sony Pictures Television have partnered to bring popular Wattpad posted material to television. Because of the multiple venues for television shows, movies and series, books to films is becoming a viable outlet for popular uploaded Wattpad "books." The post includes links to news stories about some of Wattpad's other endeavors and writing stars.

I must have something for them.
Panzer says, "Hmm ... I wonder what this little kitty could upload to Wattpad that would make a good television series?"

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea, a muffin and a chocolate chip cookie (biscuit) for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post, bring a thermos of tea and half a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Wattpad

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Looking for Answers to Copyright at IAF Panel - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer decided to make a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around in the posts our kitty boy found one about the International Authors Forum.

According to the post by John Maher, the International Authors Forum (IAF) held their annual meeting earlier this month. While the meeting entailed discussions of copyright in general, the new European Union (EU) Copyright Directive was a main discussion topic. The post covered the IAF's exploration of Article 17 and its implementation in each EU country. There was also discussion of how Brexit might impact the UK's response. The post includes links to other information sites and posts.

Now I can relax because it's not just me.
Panzer says, "This little kitty feels so much better to learn it's not just me that's confused by Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive. Turns out a lot of humans are confused by it too."

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

To read the post tootle over to Copyright

Monday, April 22, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on Spring Love:

It's Spring time. When a boy kitty's thoughts turn to girl kitties.

There I was last night, sitting on the back fence ...

Singing that I was looking for love.

Then I saw her ... an answer to my kitty serenade.

The most beautiful girl kitty ...
Long, shiny, gorgeous, calico fur ... unbelievably cute ears.

I asked her for a date.
She looked at me with those golden eyes ... then shook her head.

I asked for her phone number so I could call her.
She gave it to me with no hesitation.

She'll be back. Girls can't resist me.*
But ...

When I called it today, some guy answered and said, "Animal Control Service,  Cat Neutering Division."

Darn claws. I must have dialed wrong.



*From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, April 19, 2019

PRH Creates Reader Loyalty Program - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was shaken and buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our brave kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. With no digging at all he found a post about Penguin Random House (PRH).

It's an easy question.
According to Jim Milliot, Penguin Random House (PRH) has a new rewards program for book purchasers. The new program is called the Reader Rewards Loyalty Program. The participation accounts are free to setup. Once the accounts are activated the reader provides purchase information to gain points toward a free book. The points can be earned across all formats: ebooks, paper and audio. The post includes links to setup an account.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Inquiring kitties want to know if the money you spend on twelve books is worth one free book?"

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

To read the post tootle over to PRH Reader Loyalty Program

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

European Union Copyright Directive Gets Final Green Light - Publishing Perspectives

Panzer was taking a well-deserved nap when he was shaken from his kitty bed by a hullabaloo of noise coming from the Catosphere. Jumping into the Panzermobile he followed the noise to the Publishing Perspectives site. There with no digging at all he found a post about the EU's copyright directive.

Post author Porter Anderson says the European Union (EU) Council has passed the Copyright Directive. The voting members were not in total agreement however. Nineteen of the EU member-states voted to pass the Directive, six voted against it and three abstained. Panzer told you about the EU Parliament vote on March 25 which passed the Directive and moved it on for the Council vote. There are links included in the post for more information concerning the Directive.

I have watch where I step from now on.
Panzer says, "With the new rules in place this little kitty will have to be very careful about publishing news from EU countries."

Note: This is a l-o-n-g post. Bring a thermos of tea and a half dozen frosted chocolate muffins.

To read the post tootle over to European Union copyright directive

To read Panzer's earlier post about the Copyright Directive tootle over to European Parliament

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Six Default Amazon Security Settings You Can Change for More Privacy - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was shaken to and fro by the sound of crying and screaming. Following the crescendo of noise took our brave kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. There he found a post about how to protect your privacy across the Amazon platform.
GR knows what I'm reading on my Kindle?

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, it's time to do some cleanup work on your Amazon security and privacy settings. The post contains six ways to protect your privacy, including disconnecting your Kindle and Goodreads accounts, stopping Amazon cookies and four more steps you can take. The post has step-by-step instructions with screen shots for how to complete each privacy change.

Panzer says, "Be sure to read the Comments section. There's some good information in there too."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon security settings

Monday, April 15, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on stupid human rules:

Rules. Rules. Rules.

What's His Name has all these rules.

And ...

They're all stupid rules ...

Like ...

Dinner only happens once a night ...

Or ...

Don't make hairballs appear in front of his friends ...

Now, I ask you ...
Just call me David ... David Cat

Does What's His Name tell that magic guy...

David Copper-something-or-other ...

when he can make people disappear and then reappear?





Saturday, April 13, 2019

Amazon Removes Category Strings From Book Listings - The Digital Reader

A cat's work is never finished.
Panzer was cleaning out the Panzermobile today when our fastidious kitty boy found a wadded up post under the passenger seat cushion. Flattening it out he discovered it was a post from The Digital Reader site about Amazon.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon has made a change to how book categories are displayed in the listings. A long string of categories is no longer displayed for a book. Instead, only the main category is shown. This makes for an easier to read "Product details" description. A sample book listing is included in the post to show what the new category listing looks like.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... We used those category strings on books similar to mine for help in putting my books in the right categories."

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 categories

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Audible to give away 12 million audiobooks to settle class action lawsuit - TeleRead

Panzer was taking a well-deserved nap when he was shaken awake by clapping and cheering come from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile out brave kitty followed all the raucous noise to the TeleRead site. There he found a post about audible.

Six months?
According to Chris Meadows of TeleRead, Audible has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit rather than go to court. The lawsuit concerns the Audible audio book credits. If a customer's credits were cancelled due to the six month time limit or because the customer cancelled their account, they qualify for the settlement. A customer can get at least one audio book based on their Audible credit circumstances. Included in the post is a link to the class action settlement notification.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... This little kitty thinks Audible should change the length of time the credits can be used too."

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

To read the post tootle over to Audible

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read - Gizmodo

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Gizmodo site. With hardly any digging in the posts our inquisitive kitty found one about artificial intellegence (AI) and books.

According to Andrew Liszewski, the first machine-generated book has been published by a publisher. The book was generated by an algorithm developed at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. The book is titled Lithium-Ion Batteries, A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research. The machine algorithm read (analyzed) thousands of information sources about lithium-ion batteries and distilled the information into the book. The post includes a link to download a copy of the ebook in either PDF or Epub format.

Insomnia? I've got the cure.
Panzer says, "This little kitty isn't too worried about AI. Mom started reading that ebook to me and within ten minutes we were both sleeping away the afternoon."

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 and download the book, also bring a sleeping bag. (You have been warned.)

To read the post tootle over to machine generated book

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Scribd Opens Author-Friendly Originals with Garrett Graff on Mueller - Publishing Perspectives

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was buffeted by clapping and cheering. Following all the jocularity took our adventuresome kitty boy to the Publishing Perspectives site. There with a little digging around he found a post about Scribd.

I'm serious. Bring a sleeping bag.
According to Porter Anderson, Scribd has added a new division to the company. Scribd is a subscription service for readers with 1 million subscribers. It now has a publishing arm called Scribd Originals. The first content published is Garrett Graff's Mueller's War. Scribd Originals will consist of novella length content available in both "written and audio formats." The post has a link to the Scribd blog post about Scribd Originals. Also included in the Publishing Perspectives post are the submission guidelines for writers and their agents to submit directly to Scribd. There are also links to information about other  "Original" content platforms like Wattpad Originals, Storytel Originals and more.

Panzer says, "One million subscribers?"

Note: This is a super humongous length post. Bring a gallon of tea and three dozen muffins and a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle of today's reading selection. If you plan to follow all the links in the post, also bring a camping trailer (caravan) for cooking and comfortable sleeping (not just napping).

To read the post tootle over to Scribd

Monday, April 8, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on trying new foods:

Just because birds eat worms ...

Cough! Cough!
Ptoohi! What was I thinking?

doesn't mean ...

Gag! Gag!

they're going to taste good.

There's a reason for the saying Bird Brain.



Friday, April 5, 2019

Microsoft is Closing Its eBookstore (Again) -The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around just enjoying the quiet, when he decided to stop in at The Digital Reader site. With a little leisurely digging in the posts, our inquisitive kitty found one about Microsoft.

They didn't put much effort into it.
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Microsoft has decided to close down the ebook section of the Microsoft Store. According to the company's customer email notification quoted in the post, the ebook section closed April 2. Ebooks will no longer be accessible in July. There's a link in the post to more information about the closing.

Panzer says, "It's no surprise to this little kitty they closed down."

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 Microsoft

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Exclusive: Amazon moving thousands of employees out of Seattle, relocating key division to nearby city - GeekWire

Panzer was shaken from his kitty bed by crying and screaming and gnashing of teeth. Following the horrific noise took our brave kitty boy to the GeekWire site. With no digging at all in the posts there he discovered one about Amazon.

According to Monica Nickelsburg, in an email to employees Amazon announced yesterday the company would be moving it's worldwide operations division from Seattle, Washington. The move is to Bellevue, Washington, and is scheduled to begin this month. The company already has an office located in Bellevue and has also leased additional office space for the move. In addition to information in the GeekWire post about the move, there's also speculation about the reasons behind it too.
Seattle did want the head tax.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Well ... Seattle will still have the main headquarters. ... At least for a while longer."

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

B&N Press Now Offers eBook Coupon Codes - The Digital Reader

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard clapping and cheering. Following all the hullabaloo took our traveling kitty boy to The Digital Reader site. There with a little digging in the posts he found a one about Barnes and Noble Press.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Barnes and Noble Press has a new feature in beta. Barnes and Noble now offers publishers coupon codes to sell their ebooks at a discount. Barnes and Noble Press is also making changes to their POD book formatting.
It's catch up time.

Panzer says, "This is a feature Smashwords has offered for several years. Sometimes Mom gives the codes as prizes so winners can get an ebook for free."

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 Press

Monday, April 1, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on scratching posts:

Mom is always yelling at me to use the scratching post.

I don't tell her where to wipe her feet.
Now everybody knows the truth. *

Now ...

You tell me ...

Who has better manners ...

Cats or humans?



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Thursday, March 28, 2019

European Parliment Approves Controversial Copyright Overhaul - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was shaken from his nap by crying and wailing coming from the Catosphere. Hopping into the Panzermobile, our brave kitty boy followed all the howling to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about the European Union's copyright overhaul.

According to Andrew Albanese, the European Parliament has approved the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. There will be another vote by the Council of the European Union, but it's a foregone conclusion it will be approved there as well. After that vote each member of the EU will be required to change their copyright laws to match the Directive.  There is a link to the Wikipedia listing of the Directive, plus other links with information about the Directive,
Sorry. I have to be careful.

Panzer says, "With the approval of this new copyright directive, there won't be as much reporting of the news from EU publishing sources. Although this little kitty summarizes what he reads, he doesn't want to get into any trouble with EU news publishers."

Note: This is a humongous post. Bring a thermos of tea and a dozen muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post, bring a gallon of tea and two dozen muffins, plus a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle of your reading.

To read the post tootle over to European Parliament

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lifeway to Close All Stores - Publishers Weekly

Lost another one.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he decided to make a stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around in the posts our inquisitive kitty boy found one about Lifeway bookstores.

According to Emma Wenner, Lifeway Christian Resources has announced they will close all their bookstores by the end of 2019. The company plans to move from a brick-and-mortar retail to an online presence. The company sells Bibles and Christian books and resources. There are links included in the post to other information sources.

Panzer says, "This little kitty hates to see any brick-and-mortar bookstore close."

Note: This is a short-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links, bring a muffin too.

To read the post tootle over to Lifeway

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