Barnes & Noble slings its Nook with name change for self-publishing service

Barnes & Noble has integrated its self-publishing operation into a single platform that can publish ebooks or print books and has changed the name from Nook Press to Barnes & Noble Press.

The new site offers an increased choice of trim sizes for print books plus a range of color options and B&N has extended its 65% royalty rate on ebooks to titles priced above $10.

Barnes & Noble’s share of the ebook market has fallen over the past few years but it has managed to stick around in the self-publishing sector. There’s not that much that has really changed with this new move other than the name.

An example of B&N’s print book deals shows a 200-page 8 ins x 5 ins paperback priced at $10.00 would bring an author royalty of $1.85 per copy sold. The printing cost would be $3.65 and B&N’s 45% share for retail and distribution would be $4.50.

Publishing the same book through Amazon’s market-leading Createspace would bring a royalty of $2.75 on Amazon at the same list price of $10.

But if you published through Createspace and then took the Expanded Distribution option, which includes B&N, the royalty paid would drop to just $0.75, so you would be better off publishing separately to B&N.

B&N authors can also buy copies of their book at the printing cost (plus taxes and shipping). The $3.65 printing cost quoted above is, however, more expensive than the recently announced prices for author copies through Amazon’s KDP Print operation where a similarly specced book would cost $3.25. At IngramSpark, the same book is quoted at $3.58 for the printing cost.

If you’d like to find out more about Barnes & Noble Press, then check out the website.

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