It started as PubIt! in 2010, and by late 2013 became Nook Press. Retailer Barnes & Noble has struggled with its online self-publishing platform for quite some time. Standby, we have another iteration and rebranding just announced to publishers and authors. Meet Barnes & Noble Press. The link explains what is ‘new’. But in the communication sent out to publishers and authors a couple of days ago:
We are thrilled to announce the re-launch of our self-publishing platform branded under the new name, Barnes & Noble Press. You will note that we have combined our eBook and print on demand platforms into a single experience and incorporated the brand change to reflect our close alignment with our retail stores.
With the new Barnes & Noble Press platform you will be able to sign in to a single website to create and manage your eBook and print books all in one place. Other highlights include: an increase in the royalty rate (65%) for eBooks priced $10 and above on all copies sold, and the ability for authors to set eBook pre-orders 12 months in advance. On the print side, we have added additional trim sizes, glossy cover options (in addition to matte), and less expensive color printing options.
Starting today, we will begin migrating accounts to the new platform. There will be a staggered rollout of the new site over the next three days, so you may not see all of your projects on the new platform until the migration is complete. Users who login to the current NOOK Press site will be automatically redirected to the new B&N Press website once their account and projects have been fully migrated. Books available for sale on BN.com and NOOK will not be affected and will remain on sale throughout the process.
We will be releasing new features over the next few months, and would love to hear what you think of the new site by emailing BNPressSupport (at) bn.com. Thank you for your continued support, and for publishing with Barnes & Noble and NOOK!
The Barnes & Noble Press Team
And direct from the revised website, this:
It’s a new year and a new look for us. We’ve undergone some major renovations and combined and unified our eBook and print platforms under our new brand: Barnes & Noble Press™. Closely aligned with our national retail stores, Barnes & Noble Press is a free, fast, and easy way to publish your books and reach millions of B&N readers.
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
All new sales reporting
Schedule future eBook price changes
Additional 3rd party partnerships
I’m not holding my breath on when the next rebrand or reinvention will occur!