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Publishing with Barnes & Noble: Nook Press, Formally Called PubIt!
Self Publishing with Nook Press (PubIt)!?
PubIt!is an e-book publishing platform created by Barnes & Noble. PubIt! hasn't even been up a year at the time of this posting, it launched October 4, 2010. PubIt! is often used to buy and sell eBooks from indie authors (independent authors).
Though PubIt! has a long way to go before it hits the "innovative" mark, it still is a good platform to use when you're thinking about self publishing. Add on the prestige of Barnes & Noble onto your repertoire of places you have your book listed, and can get a little more credibility as a writer.
Which, in your opinion, is the best online self-publishing platform?
Selling Ebooks on Amazon vs Barnes & Noble
Introducing: Barnes & Noble's NOOK Press
In 2013 Barnes & Noble announced that their self-publishing platform, Pubit!, would be getting renovated and it is now called NOOK Press. Although NOOK Press was built on the Pubit! platform, NOOK Press has added features. This includes, but isn't limited to:
- Live chat support
- Sale's Dashboard
- 40% royalty on all Ebooks priced below $2.99 or above $10; 65% royalty on Ebooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99. The former is five points above what Amazon offers; the latter is five points below. And unlike Amazon, NOOK doesn’t seem to be charging extra for large files.
- Collaborative tools for work-shopping
- Ebook creation and distribution
“We have decided to rebrand to NOOK Press because we’ve been very successful with our NOOK brand and that brand has a quality and depth and breadth to it that PubIt! could leverage,” Theresa Horner, vice president of digital content at Nook Media, told Digital Book World. “We also wanted to have the NOOK Press platform as described to be easily understandable as a quick gateway to the Nook ecosystem.”
Nook Press Royalties
NOOK Press authors can sell their titles between $0.99 to $199.99 and receive a royalty based on their chosen price. If an author priced their titles between $2.99 to 9.99, authors receive 65 percent of the list price sold. If the author prices their title(s) less than $2.99 or $10.00 and over, authors receive 40 percent of the list price.
Side Note: Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing pays a 70 percent royalty on most ebooks between $2.99 and $9.99 and a 35 percent royalty on those under $2.99 or over $9.99.
How Does PubIt! Work?
Initial Set Up
First and foremost, you have to sign up for a PubIt! account on the PubIt! Homepage. After you sign up for a PubIt! account you'll come to a screen that will ask you to fill out your information. This part is pretty self-explanatory as it tells you step-by-step what you need to do and fill-out.
Next, you will have to go to the "Title" from the "My Titles" tab, complete all of the requested fields, and then upload your eBook and cover image! Once all of the information has been completed and you hit "SUBMIT", you will select “Put on Sale.” Processing takes 24 to 72 hours.
An ISBN number is a 10 or 13 number identification number located, usually, on the bar code on the back of your book. Each book you publish (or any other media/merchandise) needs it's own ISBN number. You can get one here: Get Your ISBN Numbers. With Barnes & Noble's PubIt! you do NOT need to have an ISBN number, they will assign you one if you want. Though, I do recommend getting one because it would make it that much more easier to transfer your number to other platforms.
PubIt! claims to accept your manuscript formats of: .DOC, .PDF, .TXT and .EPUB files, but admits to having the best luck with .EPUB and files formatted using HTML. DTP just doesn’t handle stuff like Word and Adobe formatting all that well, so taking the time to create your own .EPUB file that’s properly formatted is the best way to go.
Pubit, on the other hand, has an online converter that appears to work very well for .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, and .HTML files. Pubit! offers a Nook emulator as part of the upload/conversion process, so you can preview what your finished eBook will look like.
Wisdom From One Writer to the Next
The hardest thing to do is to actually sit down and write the book/novel that you want to publish. Self-publishing is only as hard as you make it. No, it's not a cakewalk, but it's not as bad as a lot of people think it is. More and more people are self-publishing on online platforms such as PubIt!, Smashwords and CreateSpace. You have to decide what works best for you, but if you want your work out in the public eye, I say the more self-publishing avenues you post your book through the better.
NOOK Press FAQ's
- Online Self-Publishing Website For eBooks and Print Books - NOOK Press
Support/FAQ's for Barnes & Noble's NOOK Press self-publishing platform.
Introduction to the new Barnes & Noble PubIt!
Which ebook reader do you want/have?
All in all, it depends on what self publishing platform you go with. PubIt! I've written a hub on Self Publish your own eBook. that you may find very useful when thinking about self-publishing online. It is good to publish on because Nook readers have ready access to your books, and they can download it straight to their eBook readers. As opposed to having to buy your eBook(s) somewhere else, transfer it onto their eBook reader, and then begin reading your eBook(s). Something to think about. Though, CreateSpace and Smashwords is giving PubIt! a run for it's money!