Nonfiction writers soon will have another place to publish their e-books. On the heels of Google’s announcement that it will open an e-bookstore this summer, Barnes & Noble announced that it will offer digital publishing services. As it launches PubIt! this summer, a service that will allow independent publishers and self-publishing writers to distribute their works digitally through Barnes & Noble.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, this brings B&N into the self-publishing business. Publication and distribution will be limited to digital works with no sales through the B&N stores. The company said it will release details of the royalty model and compensation process at a later date.
To distinguish itself from other companies offering digital self-publishing services, B&N is highlighting access through the Nook, it’s e-reader, and other devices compatible with the -pub, or e-book, format.
B&N move into this area offers just one more indication that e-books are here to stay, and every nonfiction writer should be considering how to get into this market.