Friday, May 21, 2010
Barnes & Noble wants to publish your book.
Prepare for more genital jokes.
Just as the snickering has died down about Apple's iPad being a new type of sanitary napkin, and Barnes & Noble naming their Nook eBook reader after a slang term for sexual intercourse, there's a new publishing service that's spelled almost like "pubic" and rhymes with "rub it."
Barnes & Noble has announced Pubit (officially "PubIt!"), an "easy and lucrative way for independent publishers and self-publishing writers to distribute their works digitally through Barnes & Noble.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore." By following "simple steps" to upload their content, creators can reach millions of potential readers. The program starts this summer, several years after arch-rival Amazon.com started offering ePublishing service.
The announcement marks B&N's latest move to build one of the world's largest digital catalogs, which currently offers more than one million digital titles in-store and online.
B&N says that content owners' intellectual property will be well-protected with digital rights management. Books will be offered in the industry-standard ePub format which allows books to be read on Nook, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and other eBook reading devices.
Customers will have the opportunity to browse, sample, buy and download digital books in seconds with free BN reader software. People can also browse the complete contents of PubIt titles while in Barnes & Noble stores.
For more information on free BN eReader software and apps, see www.bn.com/ebooks/download-reader.asp. More information on PubIt and the benefits of joining Barnes & Noble's digital content catalog is at www.bn.com/pubit.
This is not the first time that B&N has served as a publisher. The company has published books since the 1980s, reissuing out-of-print non-copyrighted titles, including literary classics, and acquiring rights from other publishers.