Barnes & Noble announces 'PubIt!' self-publishing platform

Barnes & Noble announces 'PubIt!' self-publishing platform

Summary: Barnes & Noble is opening the doors to the indie publishing crowd this summer, with the unveiling of the PubIt! self-publishing portal set to debut this summer.

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Barnes & Noble is opening the doors to the indie publishing crowd this summer, with the unveiling of the PubIt! self-publishing portal set to debut this summer.

The PubIt! service consists of what seems like three simple steps: uploading content, conversion to the ePub format and then displayed with other digital content at BN.com and B&N's eBookstore. Interested readers can then download the content with the BN eReader software or apps available for a variety of devices (iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry devices and, naturally, the Nook).

The exact launch date hasn't been specified more than "Summer 2010," but if you're eager to get your work to the masses, you can sign up for an email update for when it opens.

While the financial specifics haven't been revealed yet, B&N asserts that the royalties and compensation model will please aspiring publishers. It also isn't clear yet if B&N will have some kind of approval/denial process (à la Apple with iTunes and the App Store), and how strict such a program would be should it exist.

However, the program does seem like a unique innovation when it comes to electronic publishing, especially given how large the audience could be with availability on all of those devices.

Do you think this has the potential to boost the e-book reader and e-publishing business to new heights?

Topics: Apps, Apple, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • RE: Barnes & Noble announces 'PubIt!' self-publishing platform

    This is a great idea, and should be a boon to aspiring authors. However, I do hope that B&N will vet any submissions before making any of them available for download. At the least, a vetting process will need to be established.
    DocTech
  • RE: Barnes & Noble announces 'PubIt!' self-publishing platform

    I am an e-Pub author/illustrator.....I luv the battle of the Indies....as an artist I learned quickly they they need me more than I need them...."your original surrealist art...I need permission to make and sell prints to stay in business"...Create & Lulu get 30% or so of my dinero..$$..they outta give me 5K+, just to put my creations on their exclusive list.....for those of you not into the "Creative Arts....there ain't a whole lotta real talent out here...it's like harvesting fishing worms after a heavy rain...mostly just lotsa "empty nest housewives" pumping trash....paintings of flowers...."My Exciting Life as a Bored Housewife"...yeah!..just run out and pay 19.95 for that dust collector...Luvin' it.."Mogo~Spok-Spok~Slogo"
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