Monday, October 26, 2020

A New Panzerism

 Panzer on the meaning of love:

Mom is always telling me to "Get Down, Panzer."
She keeps telling me she says it to protect me because she loves me.

So ... I thought about that in between naps today.
And then ...

I got out her pack of little sticky-on-the-back papers.

And ...

Wrote "Get Down, Mom" on them.

And I put one on the couch ...

And one on the computer keyboard ...
And one on the kitchen counter ...
And one on the dining room table ...
She really loves me a lot.
And one on the bed ...

And one on What's His Name's recliner chair.

All the places where she told me she loves me.

Friday, October 23, 2020

I'm back!

 Panzer here.
Did you miss me?

It's been a long two days. First we last that stuff called electricity. That's the thing that makes the dark go away at night. Then we last that stuff called the Internet World Spider Web. That's the thing we use to send out our stuff to you. 

Happy Cat Dance! We've finally got everything back where it belongs.

So, we'll be playing catch-up all weekend.

I've got my paws crossed I'll see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wales and Ireland close non-essential shops in new lockdowns - The Bookseller

 Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he heard crying and sobbing outside. Following all the noise took our kitty pilot to The Bookseller site. With just a little digging in the posts, he discovered one about new Covid-19 lockdowns in Ireland and Wales.
According to the post by Mark Chandler, Wales and Ireland are closing all non-essential shops, including bookstores in a new lockdown. Wales' lockdown will last for two weeks and Ireland's lockdown will last for six weeks. Bookstores can still sell online and by telephone.
Books are essential.
Panzer says, "That virus thingy just isn't going away."
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 Wales and Ireland lockdown

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

NPD BookScan: US Market sees 6.4 Percent Growth Through Third Quarter - Publishing Perspectives

 As Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, he heard clapping and cheering coming from outside the Panzermobile. Following all the happiness, took our intrepid kitty traveler to the Publishing Perspectives site. With a little digging in the posts there he found one about U.S. book sales.

That's a lot of books.
According to the post by Porter Anderson, BookScan showed U.S. book sales through the 2020 third quarter increased 6.4 percent over the same time period in 2019. BookScan's sales report was based on the combined adult, children and YA print books and ebooks sales. The post includes a breakdown of sales in each category.
Panzer says, "Hmm. A lot of people in the U.S. must have been buying print books online."
Note: The is a long post. Bring a thermos of tea and six muffins for today's reading selection.
To read the post tootle over to US book market

Monday, October 19, 2020

A New Panzerism

 Panzer on hunting skills: 

In the deep, dark garden ...
A mighty hunter moves silently ...
approaching his prey ...

And ...

He pounces!
Karate Kitty!

Just doing my job.

One more spider bites the dust ...

Not Mom.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Kindle Create Now Outputs POD Book Files - The Digital Reader

 It's been a while since Panzer has gone to The Digital Reader site, so he decided to make a stop there today. With a little digging in the posts, our traveling kitty pilot found one with news about the Kindle Create app/program/plugin.

According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder, Amazon has added the ability to do POD book files to Kindlw Create. This means you can create the files for your ebook and your paperback book using Create. As the post points out, the paperback book files created can't be used on any other platform. If you plan to use Amazon as your only paperback seller, then Create will work fine for you. The post contains a link to download Create from the Amazon site.

I wonder. Do you?
Panzer says, "Hmm ... We have Kindle Create as a plugin for Word. Inquiring kitties want to know, if we have to download the update ourselves or if it will update itself the next time we open it."

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection. If you plan to download and install Kindle Create, bring a muffin too.

To read the post tootle over to Kindle Create

Thursday, October 15, 2020

B&N Systems Hacked - Publishers Weekly

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when the Panzermobile was shaken and buffeted by crying and screaming outside. Following all the chaos took our brave kitty pilot to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about Barnes and Noble being hacked.

Panzer the black cat
Somebody just causing trouble.
According to Jim Milliot's post, Barnes and Noble sent an email to customers alerting them that the company's corporate systems had been hacked. Although some store functions were shut down for a time, everything is now working again. Barnes and Noble's email contained good news and bad news for customers. The good news? The hackers didn't get your financial information (credit card). The bad news? The hackers got your email address, billing and shipping address and your phone number. The post includes a list of questions and answers about what was and wasn't accessed.

Panzer says, "That explains those emails I've been getting from those girl kitties in Russia that want to meet me. I can't go there to see them. I'm not even allowed outside while this virus thingy is going on. "

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

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

No Post Today

 Panzer here. 

Sorry no post today. Mom has to finish a project today.

We'll be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries' Virtual Shelves - Wired

Doing some cleaning there wasn't time for this weekend, Panzer discovered a wadded up post stuffed under the pilot's seat cushion. Flattening it out our fastidious kitty discovered it was a post from the Wired site about libraries and ebooks.
According to Aarlan Marshall's post, publishers are concerned about the large number of library patrons checking out ebooks. Library ebook check outs are up 52 percent during the  Covid-19 lockdown over the same time period last year. Libraries have switched from buying physical books from publishers to licensing ebooks from them. Publishers are worried about this new trend because they don't earn as much money from the ebook licensing as they do from physical book sales. Publishers have long harbored the fear library patrons won't buy authors' physical books since they can get them for free from libraries.
Buy them at Amazon?
Panzer says, "Libraries' buildings are closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. There's no reason for them to buy physical books. Nobody can get into the libraries to check them out. Bookstores are closed, so there's no place for readers to buy physical books. Readers have to get library ebooks."

Note: This is a humongous post. Bring a thermos of cocoa, three muffins, three brownies and three chocolate chip cookies (biscuits) for today's reading selection.
To read the post tootle over to libraries' virtual shelves

Monday, October 12, 2020

A New Panzerism

 Panzer on educational television:

Mom and What's His Name were watching television tonight ...

When ...

A show came on about bears.

Did you know bears ...
sleep all winter?

Imagine ... See you next April.
It's called hibernation.
All I can say ...
Is ...

I'm envious.