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NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., announced yesterday the launch of NOOK Press, a new and free self-publishing platform in which authors can write, edit, collaborate, and publish high-quality e-books and distribute them to millions of readers via NOOK Books and Nook e-readers.

In their press release, Barnes & Noble says that NOOK Press builds off of the company’s original self publishing platform, PubIt!, and indeed if you go to PubIt’s website, you’ll receive a notice that “PubIt! is now NOOK Press”.

NOOK Press allows independent publishers and authors to use its online services to write, edit and format new and existing manuscripts, collaborate with colleagues, and monitor the sales of their self-published e-books. E-books published through the platform are sold through NOOK Bookstores, and are made available on BN.com, NOOK.co.uk, NOOK devices, and the free NOOK e-reading software for Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows 8, Mac, and PC.

Similar to Apple’s iBooks Author e-book creation software, NOOK Press’s online software and services can be used free of charge. You can upload an existing manuscript file in Word, HTML, text, or ePub format, or use NOOK’s online editor to get started writing your book. The authoring site also includes free email and live chat support to provide personalized answers to questions pertaining to every stage of the publishing process.

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As usual in these cases, NOOK retains a percentage of the List Price of NOOK Books sales, based on their Pricing and Payment Terms.

What do you think of such self-publishing platforms? Are they they the future of book publishing?

Source: BarnesandNobleInc.

  1. Raf Echanova
    May 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I truly enjoy using the NOOK platform. As an aspiring author who has two full time jobs at the moment, I can use it wherever I want. My editors can collaborate with me on the process, though they can't do the editing, but their comments give me an update as the project progresses.

  2. LA Johannesson
    April 13, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Undeniably. The more prolific they become and easier they get to use, the more momentum they will create.
    And, not a minute too soon!

  3. k odu
    April 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the write up. I am planning to write and publish my first e-book without delay. The world would have been a better place if more people had the opportunity to write.Down with the monopolist autors who make millions at the expense of the populace.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Good luck, k odu, and thanks for your feedback.

  4. macwitty
    April 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    No, I do not think it is THE future of book publishing? At least I hope it is not. I think we still need publishing house with editors and a PR department. Saying that I hope it will be more of good self-publishing possibilities as I think there are book and maybe "not full time" authors who will be better off outside publishing houses and with social media they might get enough audience

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Macwitty, I agree with you. I typically like ebooks because they are of course cheaper and a lot easier to store, but I do from time to time miss the tactile paper version of books.

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