NOOK Press Opens to European Authors

Nook PressAuthors living in many European countries just got another avenue opened for selling ebooks. Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press self-publishing wing has expanded its reach. What do you think–hooray or it’s about time? From the retailer:

You may notice some changes the next time you log into NOOK Press. We’ve been working hard to get NOOK Press ready for some new guests – starting today, publishers in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium will be able to publish with NOOK Press and reach Barnes & Noble’s millions of book-loving customers. This means even more great indie content for customers and increased visibility for you and your NOOK Books in the months to come!

The changes we’ve made for this international expansion mean you can now:

  • View in 7 languages: Work and publish in US English, UK English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Select a new language in the dropdown from any page in NOOK Press.
  • Set your EUR (€) list prices. If you have indicated that you have Worldwide Rights, we’ll automatically convert the EUR list price from your USD list price as we do for GBP prices, or you can enter your own EUR price.

Thanks to the changes we’ve made, your titles will soon be on sale in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium if you’ve selected Worldwide Rights in the NOOK Book Details of your project. Because we have a very high volume of NOOK Press content, we are making your titles available in those countries over several months. We appreciate your patience as we work to put all NOOK Press content on sale in our new marketplaces.

With these expanded sales opportunities, it’s a great time to set up a vendor account and get all of your books on sale, if you have not already done so. By signing up now, you’ll have NOOK Books on sale in just 72 hours. If you are looking for self-publishing advice or inspiration from fellow authors, we’ve got you covered. Check out the NOOK Press Blog, which we’ve launched as another way to bring together writers and readers and to expand the conversation about self-publishing, both here and in Europe.

We want to assure you that we’ve been working hard to implement the new features at NOOK Press – including testing, testing, testing! As we open up NOOK Press to international publishers, our primary concern is to make sure that your experience is seamless. In case we missed something, please let us know so that we can fix it right away. We’ve added a new contact form so that you can send our support team an email directly from within NOOK Press.

We want to take this time to thank you for being a valued partner, and to wish you continued success in your self-publishing with NOOK!

Will B&N stay afloat in the ebook business? What are your thoughts?

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Ebook Retailers Grade for Upload Process

report cardJust finished an update to stay current with the e-publishing industry (not an easy task), then went to the sales venues to submit ebooks and paperbacks. Here’s the graded list in order of most efficient and user-friendly IMO to the least:

1. Amazon KDP. A+, love the subtle changes to their preview mode, still with the ability to both download the converted document or to view the newly enhanced on-screen version with Kindle options and working hyperlinks–very nice and fast. Available in the Kindle store in about 6 hours. This company has always done the most to sell ebooks and help me do it.

2. CreateSpace. A , the interior digital proof and final proof including cover design are miles better than years past. I love this company for paperbacks. Proofs went through in about 12 hours online and a physical copy delivered to my door in 3 days at the slowest shipping speed (because I chose to order a copy). Used to take a week. Fine quality and price is fantastic, can’t be beat by LightningSource or Lulu. Only wish they did more to proof the cover design online before submitting and perhaps add interior template options.

3. Smashwords. A-, some of this is my familiarity and loyalty but they still do a great job and give LOADS of advice on self-publishing. I wish approval times were faster for Premium Status, but it has sped up to around 24-48 hours compared to several days in the past. Also it can be a grizzly bear passing meat-grinder for newbies, but indies should learn proper formatting. SW is doing everyone a service by keeping formatting standards high.

4. Kobo. B, they have a great way of handling uploads for cover, description and content, but their Previewer needs work to get past the B grade. Don’t like the required download to view on Calibre or some other method–Kobo, keep up with the others and create an online Previewer. Props to them for more monthly sales than B & N, a pleasant surprise.

5. NookPress. B-, my first time uploading since the change from Pubit. Definite improvements with the ability to edit within their system and working links in Preview mode and an improved online Previewer. Still not as sweet as the way Amazon handles TOC but getting better. Needs improvements with the Editorial Review department, couldn’t get that to work right or to just delete it altogether. Now if they could fix their Nook Store search engine and get sales going (a long story), which is still affecting their overall grade.

6. Draft2Digital C+ My first experience with them and mixed feelings. Love how they’re attempting to simplify approval for authors without formatting experience, but does it currently come at a cost to those of us with experience? Maybe, maybe not. I’m only distributing to Apple through them and have been watching my book in Publishing status for a week now, assuming it will be distributed to iTunes soon. Excited for the promise of “real time” sales reports. Jury still out on this company but since they’re new, that’s understandable. Wishing them the best.

Besides the biggies, I upload to my own websites for direct sales (pdf, epub, mobi) and give that an A+ at both Webs and Yola. So easy and nice to sell books via PayPal.

I may update the samples at Scribd and other venues but doubt to upload again to Google Ebooks-Partners-Play, not even sure what they’re calling it theses days.

Your thoughts?

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