Barnes & Noble has its own e-reading device, called the Nook, and its successor, the NookColor.  Their self-publishing platform is called "NookPress" replacing their previous portal, "PubIt!"  It's a shame that they renamed it--at least "PubIt" made the type of file you're supposed to upload there easy to remember because Barnes & Noble, with whatever name they choose this week, takes ePUB-formatted files.  Not MOBIs, like Amazon; ePUB.  (If you need a refresher course, revisit our article What Are the Main eBook Formats? While some people use the term "ePUB" to mean an "eBook," much as "Kleenex" has come to mean "tissue," ePUB is actually a specific ebook format.  It's now one of the two primary eBook formats, the other being MOBI (Amazon Kindle).  

The Barnes & Noble Publishing Portal:

Barnes & Noble's portal is located here:  NookPress and once you've uploaded a book to Amazon, uploading to PubIt! is remarkably similar.  Once nice thing about Barnes & Noble's platform, compared to Kindle's, is that you may upload up to five (5) reviews or blurbs your book has received, in addition to the description of your book--so make sure you have those handy when you get ready to upload.*

You'll also need your cover image readily-accessible, and to make sure it's NookPress-friendly, make certain that it's not less than 1000px wide on the short side, in jpg format.


* One not-so-nice thing about B&N's portal is this:  if you have a professionally-made ePUB, or an ePUB that you've made yourself, whatever you do, don't edit it in the NookPress publishing portal, where they allow you to make changes. Why?  Because if you do, B&N inserts what's called a "stylesheet" (CSS, in the business) that overrides the one that you or your eBook Conversion company made for you, specifically for your book.  This overriding stylesheet may significantly alter the look and even the functionality of your book.  So:  don't edit, or make any changes, while in the NookPress portal.  You've been warned!

 

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.