In a move to pick up more self-publishing clients, Barnes & Noble has launched Nook Press Print, a new print-on-demand service for independent authors looking to take their manuscripts into the physical world.
Users can pick from a variety of materials and formats, including hardcover and softcover books, in a number of different sizes. Authors can get their texts published in full color or black and white, and select different paper materials.
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It’s a move to attract people to Barnes & Noble’s publishing platforms at a time when the bookstore chain is feeling increasingly challenged by Amazon. The company plans to break off the Nook division into a separate company, and is now outsourcing the production of its latest tablet to Samsung.
Amazon already offers print-on-demand services through two of its subsidiaries: Booksurge and CreateSpace, which offer similar options to those offered by Nook Press Print. The Seattle-based retailer’s existing ecosystem of self-published authors is a lucrative business for the company: there have been a number of hit books which started as self-published titles on Amazon, like “The Martian,” which exploded in popularity and was recently got picked up for a film deal.
Link to the rest at Geekwire and thanks to Shelton for the tip.
Here’s the link to Barnes & Noble’s announcement
If PG were running Nook, he would have spent money on major improvements to the website instead of POD. Being able to list and sell POD books on the Nook website won’t do much good if potential readers can’t find them.
[Update] You can’t list and sell your POD books on the Nook website. You’ll have to go to another POD service if you want to do that.
Then there are the add-on packages that begin at $999 and immediately caused PG to think of Author Solutions.