Thursday, December 5, 2019

Daunt Tweaks B&N for the Holidays - Publishers Weekly

As Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today he decided to make a stop at the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts our inquisitive kitty boy found one about Barnes and Noble and new CEO James Daunt.

Only 20 days to Christmas.
According to the post by Jim Milliot, while CEO James Daunt has no plans for major changes at Barnes and Noble before the holiday sales season, he is making some small holiday changes right now. Stores will be making books more prominent by having tables of books right by the entrances. The company doesn't, however, have a big advertising budget planned for the holiday season this year. CEO Daunt does plan to start making store changes in 2020 to increase book sales throughout the year and next year's holiday season.

Panzer says, "Are you as excited as this little kitty about Christmas shopping?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Introducing Smashwords Presales - Smashwords Blog

Today as Panzer was taking his afternoon nap, he was shaken from his kitty bed by yelling and cheering coming from the Catosphere. Following all the hubbub took our kitty boy to the Smashwords Blog. There with no digging at all he found a post about Smashwords new presales software feature.

That's interesting news.
According to the post, Smashwords has added a new feature for authors to offer their readers. Readers who purchase through the presales feature have immediate access to the ebook they just bought and this is before general purchasers have access to the ebook. This is also different than a pre-order which is a sale before the book is available to anyone. The post is divided into five sections covering how presales work, why authors should participate in the presales program, an explanation of the patent pending software, information about the licensing of the software to other retailers. and a short wrap up about the future.  By far the largest section is the one explaining the new patent pending software.

Panzer says, "MeWOW! This looks like a major step forward for Smashwords!"

Note: This is a h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s post. Bring a half gallon of tea and a half gallon of cocoa and six muffins and six sugar cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Smashwords presales

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Amazon Opened a Bookstore in Nashville Just in Time for Thanksgiving - The Digital Reader

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, he heard clapping and cheering outside the Panzermobile. Following all the jocularity, took our adventuresome kitty to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging in the posts, he discovered one about Amazon's newest bookstore.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, just before Thanksgiving Amazon opened the company's twenty first bricks and mortar store. This one is in Nashville Tennessee. Books available in the store have four or more stars with their book reviews and are bestsellers. Included in the post is a link to another post about the opening of the twentieth Amazon bricks and mortar store in Scottsdale Arizona.
Only 22 days until Christmas.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wants to know where the twenty-second bricks and mortar store will be ...  And ... Will it open before Christmas?"

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

To read the post tootle over to Amazon bookstore

Monday, December 2, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on retribution:

There I was snoozing on a warm keyboard ...

When What's His Name told me to "Get Down."

Then ...

He pushed me off the desk!

I was shocked!
Push the cat? I don't think so.*

Shocked I tell you!

I wonder ...

If he'll be shocked ...

When he finds what I put in his running shoes.

* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Sunday, December 1, 2019

AAP StatShot for September: Modest Gains in the US Market - Publishing Perspectives

Mom still has turkey from Thanksgiving.
Panzer was cleaning out the console between the pilot's seat and the passenger seat in the Panzermobile, when he found a wadded up post in the cup holder. Flattening it out our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the Publishing Perspectives site about US book sales for the month of September and the whole year.

According to Porter Anderson's post, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has released their StatShot report. According to the report, overall the U.S. book sales for the year are up 4 percent over last year. The rest of the post is divided into three sections comparing September sales of 2019 to 2018. The sections are US Trade Publishing, US Trade in Terms of Format, and Overall Publisher Revenue. The sections cover audiobooks, ebooks, and trade books (adult, YA, children etc.).

Panzer says, "Hmm ... The numbers show sales are up for the year and for the month of September. Interesting."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a quart of warm cocoa and a three muffins for this reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to AAP StatShot

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

From Panzer, Mom and What's His Name

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

B&N Seeks Knockout Blow in Litigation with Fired CEO - Publishers Weekly

Today Panzer decided to stop at the Publishers Weekly site. Digging in the posts, our inquisitive kitty discovered one about the old Barnes and Noble.

It just goes on and on and on.
According to Andrew Albanese, the Barnes and Noble court fight continues with former CEO Demos Parneros and his lawsuit against the company. Barnes and Noble's attorneys are filing in court for a summary judgment in the lawsuit. The company wants two of Mr. Parneros' three claims dismissed. The two claims are 1) defamation and 2) breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Barnes and Noble's attorneys presented the court with a 33 page memorandum explaining why the two claims should be dismissed. There are several links in the post, including one to the memorandum.

Panzer says, "I've been telling you about this never-ending lawsuit story since it started."

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of cocoa and a muffin for today's reading. If you plan to follow the links included in the post, bring a quart of cocoa and a dozen muffins.

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble litigation

To read Panzer's most recent previous post about the litigation, tootle over to Barnes and Noble's risky move

Monday, November 25, 2019

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the essence of the ideal:

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

Okay ...
Perfection is my goal. *

Nap practice at 1:00 p.m.

Nap practice at 2:00 p.m.

Nap practice at 3:00 p.m.

Nap practice ...

*From Cat Wisdom for humans

Thursday, November 21, 2019

B&N Cuts Freelance Writers from Its Teen and SFF Blogs - Publishers Weekly

Today, Panzer was tootling around in the Panzermobile in the Catosphere when he heard sighing and crying coming from outside. Following the noise, took our sympathetic kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble's change to the company's freelance writing team.

Your job is never safe.
According to the post by Judith Rosen, Barnes and Noble has made major changes to the company's freelance bloggers. These freelancers are the ones who wrote the Teen and Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) blogs. The post includes quotes from freelancer teams that were let go and one of these is quoted as saying all freelancers were let go. As freelancers they weren't considered employees and so could be let go at any time. According to at least one of the quotes, some of them had worked for Barnes and Noble for years.

Panzer says, "Whenever a company is taken over by new owners, people will be let go no matter how long you've worked 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 Barnes and Noble teen and sff blogs

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Where Should I Buy My ISBNs? - Indies Unlimited

Today, Panzer decided to make a quick stop at the Indies Unlimited site. With a little digging in the posts, our inquisitive kitty found one about buying and owning ISBNs for your books, ebooks and audio books.

Now where is that ISBN hiding?
According to Melinda Clayton, where you buy your ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) is extremely important. Your book's ISBN identifies it in the Books in Print database. This is how libraries and bookstores can find your book. Bowker is the official seller of ISBNs in the United States. If you buy your book's ISBN directly from Bowker, you are listed in Books in Print as the publisher of your book.  If you get your book's ISBN from Amazon, then Amazon bought that ISBN from Bowker and Amazon is listed as the publisher of your book. There's also an illegal side to not buying your ISBN from Bowker (or Amazon) too. Turns out there are scammers online who advertise they sell ISBNs at discounted prices and the ISBNs are either not delivered or fake made-up numbers.The post includes a link to the Bowker site and one for authors outside the United States.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... You do need to worry about who owns that ISBN, because some bookstores won't carry books with ISBNs showing Amazon as your publisher."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of cocoa and a muffin for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links in the post, bring a second cup of tea and another muffin.

To read the post tootle over to ISBNs