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Discover Barnes & Noble Press

25 January 2018

PG suspects he’s not the only one to receive the announcement of the new Barnes & Noble online publishing offering, but here’s an excerpt.

From Barnes & Noble:

Check Out What’s New

  • Improved user experience and new visual design
  • Rebrand to Barnes & Noble Press to reflect our close alignment with Barnes & Noble retail stores
  • Sign in to a single website to create and manage print and eBooks all in one place
  • 12 month pre-order capability for all authors for all eBooks
  • Increased royalty rate of 65% for eBooks priced $10.00+
  • Additional print book trim sizes, glossy covers and color printing options now available
  • Combine different personal print book orders in a single checkout order
  • Discounting on the first 10 personal copies ordered of each print book title
  • Different formats of the same book title are grouped together for easy project managing, metadata cloned from one project format to the next
  • Author Tools & Tips page complete with trusted 3rd party partner offers
  • Build-a-Book user experience enhancements
  • Select subject categories for your print and eBook that more closely match those on BN.com

Coming Soon

  • All new sales reporting
  • Schedule future eBook price changes
  • Additional 3rd party partnerships

Link to the rest at Barnes & Noble

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16 Comments to “Discover Barnes & Noble Press”

  1. I got the promo, looked at the author contract for Nook once more, and hit “delete.”

  2. Is Author Solutions hiding in there someplace?

  3. I was very pleasantly surprised (downright incredulous) to discover that my 23 Nook projects had made a clean transition to the new platform, under the same userid & password.

    Don’t know how many of the new features will matter to me yet, but at least no damage was done.

    And I do have two big bundles at $15.99 for which the new royalty of 65% is definitely attractive.

  4. It’s great that Barnes & Noble Press will offer 65% royalties on books priced above $9.99. That’s 30% more than Amazon offers. But it’s just plain dumb not to offer at least as much as Amazon does below that cut-off, and, as PG says, Barnes & Noble should offer more, perhaps 75%.

    Not many people write books that customers think are worth more than $9.99 as ebooks, so the 65% royalty above that cut-off won’t mean much to most indie writers, but an extra 5% for an ebook that sells for $7.99 would be welcome to many and likely would draw many takers.

    • Textbooks.

      Remember, B&N is big in the college bookstore business.

    • As noted by Karen, a bundle offering can be well over $10. So it could be smart to add B & N for bundles, keep the solos Amazon only. Depends on whether you see the few extra royalty dollars as being worth managing both streams.

      • But KDP Select titles must have at least 90% of their content electronically-exclusive to Amazon, so unless you’re using Barnes & Noble Press for print only, it doesn’t make to put your bundles on B&N but keep the solos Amazon-only. Bundling them as ebooks and distributing them elsewhere makes them ineligible for KDP Select.

        • Unless you have significant sales to Japan, India, Mexico, and/or Brazil, or are making them available to lend – you don’t need to be in KDP Select. 70% royalty applies everywhere else for the price range.

          I just did a cursory search of the KDPS terms – and found nothing about a different edition of a book as one component of a bundled book making a singleton ineligible for the program.

          There are provisions that adding small amounts of “extra” matter to an existing Select book will violate the terms. That is where you are getting the 90% from, apparently. To be a different edition, that is not in Select, more than 10% of the content has to be different than the book that is in Select. Note – “the” book, not “the” story. A single novel or story is “a” book. A collection of several novels / stories is “a different” book.

          • Right, but again, there’s no reason to keep anything Amazon-only unless you’re enrolling them in KDP Select. Otherwise, why wouldn’t you publish far and wide?

            As for exclusivity, it’s very clear:

            https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200798990

            When you enroll a book in KDP Select, you’re committing to making the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP while it’s enrolled in the program.

            All content enrolled in KDP Select must remain for sale through the Kindle Store only. If the digital version of your book appears to be available for pre-order, for sale, or for free elsewhere (such as on your website or blog, or a third party’s website), then it is not eligible for KDP Select. Adding new content (such as bonus content, author’s commentary section, etc.) to a book that is available elsewhere will not satisfy the exclusivity requirements. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for complete exclusivity requirements.

            However, you may choose to make up to 10% of your book available on other sites as a sample, as well as continue to distribute your book in physical format (including print on demand books), or in any format other than digital. 10% is roughly the length of the Kindle Free reading sample.

            You may also provide professional reviewers with a copy of your book via email for the purpose of editing, proofreading and helping with other quality improvements. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information. When you enroll a boxset in KDP Select, none of those books can be offered on another platform.

            If we remove your book from KDP Select due to violation of the exclusivity requirements, you may re-enroll your book as soon as you ensure it is no longer available elsewhere in a digital format.

            If you are making 100% of your book available digitally elsewhere as part of a bundle, the book is not eligible for KDP Select. Amazon wants any ebook in KDP Select to be exclusive to Amazon. If your ebook is not exclusive because it’s available as part of a bundle, then it’s not eligible.

            You don’t have to believe that, but that won’t prevent Amazon from delisting your ebook and potentially removing all of your KDP Select-enrolled books from KDP Select. I’ve seen it happen (to others, thankfully) several times.

            For as much as a collection of several novels/stories is a “different book,” it doesn’t change the fact that you can’t accept a legal agreement to give Amazon electronic exclusivity to a book and then publish the book electronically elsewhere and try to claim “but there was more than what I agreed not to publish electronically!”

  5. No thanks. Really? Customers are going to flock to B&N? I fear this represents just the latest ‘Grand Plan’ that’s brought them closer and closer to the drain over the past 18 (and counting) quarters.

  6. Be ‘Discover’ed on ‘Barnes & Noble Press’ might have been more enticing, but unless they’ve made major changes to their stores and web that wouldn’t have been correct.

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