Last week we talked about Amazon KDP. Check it out now!
This week we're going to talk about Nook Press and how it compares to Amazon. They are both platforms that are great for independent authors to publish to major markets, but there are some key differences.
Nook Press, which is powered by Barnes & Noble, gets a lot of flack from indie authors. Most prefer Amazon, but that is because Nook Press has limited abilities, such as the ability to write the manuscript straight on the project page and access to Barnes & Noble's distribution network. Both of these can be great things, but the two things Nook Press lacks are any plug-and-play options and access to a global network.
Once you start your first project, after you've created your account, you simply need to go to Manuscript and get started. You have the option to upload your manuscript or to write it directly into Nook Press. This is a great feature because it allows you to format your book for the B&N epub without doing much work. If you've ever struggled with an epub file, you know what I'm talking about!
Unfortunately, it does not have a cover template like Amazon does, but, as with Amazon, you can upload a cover design and set your ebook up straight from the user portal. This makes it very easy to make your ebook widely available to users of devices other than Kindle.
These are really the highlights of using Nook Press. It has a large distribution network because of its affiliation with Barnes & Noble, but it is not available world-wide like Amazon ebooks are; it is limited to the US only. It is a good place to put your ebook for the weight of the Barnes & Noble brand and to give other ereaders access to your book.
Stay tuned for next week!