Thursday, January 17, 2019

The prince of punching up: why Stephen King rules Twitter - The Guardian

Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile in the Catosphere when he suddenly heard chuckling and clapped ahead. Following all the noise took our inquisitive kitty to The Guardian site. With no digging at all he discovered a post about Stephen King was causing all the hoopla.

I've been on Twitter longer than he has.
According to Sian Cain, bestselling horror author Stephen King now rules Twitter. He used his over 5 million Twitter followers to save the book review column in the Portland Press Herald (Maine) newspaper. That's not all. He tweets about what he's watching on TV and movies that he likes and what he's reading that he likes. He says he doesn't tweet about what he doesn't like. He does make one exception mentioned in the post, but you'll have to read the post to find out about it.

Panzer says, "Mom and I follow him on Twitter. He's pretty funny sometimes."

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

To read the post tootle over to Stephen King

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Barnes & Noble Removes Nook Signage From Stores - The Digital Reader

Mom has the app on her tablet.
Panzer decided to make a quick visit to The Digital Reader site today. There our kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble's Nook.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder on a stop at his local Barnes and Noble bookstore he discovered the signs advertising Nooks were removed. The company is still selling the Nook, but there are no signs. The post also makes mention of the fact that according to sales reports Nook sales are down. As an aside it's pointed out that the newer Barnes and Noble bookstores have a smaller footprint too. Be sure to read the Comments section. There are some interesting observation there.

Panzer says, "Umm ... But he didn't ask why they took the advertising down."

Note: This is a long-short length post. Bring a cup of cocoa for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Barnes Noble Nook

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Holiday Comps Rose 4.0% at B&N - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer made a trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging around our traveling kitty boy found a post about Barnes and Noble's holiday sales figures.
I knew they could do it.

According to Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble CEO Len Riggio reported an increase in holiday sales for the company's stores. Barnes and Noble same store holiday sales comparing 2017 to 2018 rose 4 percent. This was due in part to increased advertising by the company in 2018. The company's order online-pickup in store feature also contributed to the increased sales figures.

Panzer says, "This little kitty knew the order online-pickup in store feature would help sales because it's faster (just search the website) and less expensive (no shipping charges)."

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble sales

Monday, January 14, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on reconciling your human to their place in the cat universe:

One thing I know for sure ...

When Mom says something ...

I believe it.

Because she says it's true ...

And ... She actually thinks I'll do it. *
And ...

She says she's always right.

Then ...

I do whatever I want.



* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, January 11, 2019

PublishDrive Launches an eBook Production Tool - The Digital Reader

Convert a file? Easy peasy.
Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging in the posts our inquisitive kitty found a post about PublishDrive.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, PublishDrive has announced a new converter for use converting docx files to epub and mobi files. You don't need to be a registered PublishDrive user to use the converter. The original press release is included in the post as well as a link to the converter page.

Panzer says, "This little kitty will be using this converter."

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

To read the post tootle over to PublishDrive

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What I Learned from Visiting B&N Stores - Publishers Weekly

Panzer made a quick trip into the Catosphere today. Our speedy kitty's travels took him to the Publishers Weekly site. There with a little digging around he found a post about Barnes and Noble.

We all want to help Barnes and Noble.
According to author Robin Barone, she visited 100 Barnes and Noble stores. In her visits she identified things she believes could  help the company increase book sales. The post is divided into five sections. Each section contains a suggestion of how to improve customer service. The customer service suggestions range from knowledgeable and likable sales people to making customers aware of the order online and pickup in store feature. The post has some interesting observations about her experiences visiting all those stores.

Panzer says, "This little kitty already told you about the order online and pickup in the store feature."

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

To read the post tandootle over to Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Top Ten Publishing Industry Trends Every Author Needs To Know in 2019 - Written Word Media

Panzer's trip into the Catosphere today took him to the Written Word Media site. With just a little digging around in the posts our inquisitive kitty boy found one about publishing trends for 2019.

I'll one busy kitty this year.
Written Word Media founder Ricci Wolman has posted about 2019's publishing industry trends.  With information gained from surveying readers, writers and publishers she has put together a list of trends indie authors/publishers need to take advantage of in the coming year. The list begins with an examination of the Amazon Marketing Service (AMS). The need for good editing and audio books are also examined as well as seven other trends.

Panzer says, "Yesterday we looked at Mark Coker's predictions for 2019 and today we look at Ricci Wolman's trends for 2019. Put the two together and you've got a head on your plan for the year."

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 publishing industry trends

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 Book Industry Predictions: The Butterflies Will Flap Their Wings - Smashwords Blog

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he decided to make a stop at the Smashwords Blog. With no digging at all our traveling kitty found a post about Mark Coker's book publishing predictions for 2019.

He says Amazon is really bad for authors.
Smashwords founder Mark Coker begins the post with information about indie authors, the glut of ebooks on the market and Amazon's author business practices. Most of the information about Amazon concerns the company's perceived exploitation of indie authors and their ebooks. The section makes up approximately half the post. This is followed by a section of Mark Coker's annual predictions for ebook publishing in 2019. There are nine divisions in this section beginning with the need for authors to join the audio book market and ending with the effect of a possible recession on the sale of indie ebooks.

Panzer says, "There's a lot of interesting information in the predictions."

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a thermos of tea and a thermos of cocoa and two dozen muffins and a dozen chocolate chip cookies (biscuits). Be sure to bring a sleeping bag for a nap in the middle of today's reading selection. 

To read the post tootle over to  Smashwords 2019 Book Industry Predictions:

Monday, January 7, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the stupid gene:

What's His Name told Mom he was tired of me scratching up the corner of the living room carpet.

So ...

He bought a scratching post at the pet store.

And ...
Like I always say, "Stupid is as Stupid does."

He setup the scratching post in the corner of the living room carpet.

Now, I ask you ...

Which does he expect me to use?






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