From The Digital Reader:
When Barnes & Noble launched the self-pub service Pubit in 2010, they were playing catch up to the larger and more successful Amazon KDP. Sure, Pubit accepted Epub and converted from Doc and RTF files, but it was also a distinctly second place service with some users reporting that it was clunky and awkward to use. Today that changes.
Barnes & Noble has just announced the relaunch of PubIt as Nook Press, and for once they’ve stolen a march on Amazon. Nook Press adds a new function to the Nook Store that the Kindle Store still lacks. Rather than offer an automated conversion, Nook Press lets you upload a Doc or RTF file and then edit the work to produce a better looking ebook which you can then sell in the Nook Store.
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I thunk the more important story today is that B&N also improved the base functionality of Pubit. I have confirmation from Theresa Horner, VP of Digital Content at Nook Media, that “We have improved the whole platform.” That’s great. I think that it better to serve authors by fixing the bugs that they have to cope with rather than launch an equally clunky new feature.
Link to the rest at The Digital Reader and thanks to Suzan for the tip.
PG will note that when he went to the Nook Press site, it would not accept his Pubit password.
Since he is commenting, he would prefer that the Nook folks had put their efforts into actually selling more ebooks. Mrs. PG is among many authors who report that Nook sales have fallen off a cliff over the past several months.
PG hasn’t read the terms and conditions yet, but the Nook announcement included the following: “Our favorable PubIt! business terms and commitment to a transparent retail partnership remain unchanged. “