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Got this email just now:

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Dear Publisher,

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!

Sincerely,

The Barnes & Noble Press Team
 

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David VanDyke said:
Got this email just now:

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Dear Publisher,

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!

Sincerely,

The Barnes & Noble Press Team
This sounds like good news!
 

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What would be even more interesting is if they rolled out a promotion program similar to AMS or Kobo. B&N is my absolute worst sales channel. I've never been able to get any sales traction there, even though I sell through Nook Press.   
 

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I don't have an email yet. I feel left out. :(

On the other hand, this is the first month in ages where B&N has topped Kobo for sales, so I like to at least think they've unbroken the storefront.
 

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GeneDoucette said:
Anything that looks like a legitimate investment in online infrastructure from B&N would be a positive step.
I agree that more investment in the B&N online store would be great for self-publishing authors. Stronger competitors to Amazon would benefit us authors, but the problem is B&N's online business will inevitably compete against B&N's brick and mortar stores, thereby speeding the decline of the larger part of the business. That's why the longtime management of B&N has worked so hard to shrink the online store, which was once a genuine threat to the Kindle Store.

Like Jim Johnson, I think a sale of B&N to new management would be best, but that new management will be stuck with the same internal conflict the existing management has mismanaged since the Kindle came on the scene. The better option would be for B&N to sell the online business to a business that could enthusiastically grow online sales, but then the rest of B&N would be creating another competitor like Amazon.

The end result is I think B&N has no good options for the online store. Hopefully, they'll prove me wrong and build it back into what it once was.
 
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