Barnes and Noble occupies the enviable position of the largest book retailer in the USA, explaining why many fresh entrants into the self-publishing industry choose it. If you’ve ever published with Kindle, Barnes & Noble won’t be much of a hassle as eBook formatting requirements for the two are similar.
But new authors considering how to self-publish a book with Barnes & Noble often wonder what the difference is between Nook Press and PubIt, as the two platforms seem to be associated with the same functions and objectives for authors.
Book formatting requirements for the two are the same, only that one of them is being phased out. And yes, the two platforms belong to Barnes & Noble. In an apparent move to match Kindle publishing competition, Barnes & Noble has upgraded from PubIt to Nook Press.
Thus, if you’re seeking to self-publish with Barnes & Noble, Nook Press is the platform you should consider learning about. Your Book formatter should also be familiar with standards set by the platform.
The Nook Press website lets you upload your formatted book and submit for distribution (sale) via the Barnes & Noble website.
Nook Press authors know they need to design their books in the ePub format to be accepted by Barnes & Noble. Epub is a standard eBook format that’s acceptable on a wide array of platforms. It’s open source and can be read via:
a) Nook eReading device
b) Android devices such as tabs and smart phones
c) IOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
d) Nook eReading application that’s available free of charge
However, authors who wish to deliver their titles on paperback formats may not find Barnes & Noble an ideal choice. Also, the platform does not offer print on demand distribution.
A significant difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing is that editing services are not offered. Thus, Barnes & Noble does not offer editing services, meaning that as an author you need to seek the services elsewhere before submitting your eBook for publishing.
But publishing with Barnes & Noble has its own perks; for instance, royalties accruable are within the range of 40% and 65%, depending on the price you set for your title. At the same time, you’re not charged for opening and setting up a Barnes & Noble account.
The good thing with publishing with Barnes & Noble is that you’ll get to expose your title to some of the firm’s brick & mortar store customers. For instance, the platform has marketing programs such as Read In Store, where customers with the platform’s physical book stores can get to read your eBook for up to 60 minutes. That’s a sure way to popularize your title.
There’s also the sampling option, where readers are allowed to download a fraction of your eBook before purchasing it.
If you’re new to the self-publishing industry, The Fast Fingers book formatters can hold your hand as you learn your way around it. The professional book formatters will take care of your eBook design needs and ensure you submit to Nook Press a file of acceptable quality.