Barnes & Noble PubIt DIY eBook Platform Lets You Take on J.K. Rowling
The cross-device ePub format should attract some publishers and writers, but the 65-percent of royalties Barnes & Noble offers to authors can't quite match the 70-percent offered by Amazon. (These rates only apply to books priced between $2.99 and $9.99.) At the same time, though, Amazon offers less pricing flexibility. Barnes & Noble allows books to be priced from $0.99 to $199.99. We were impressed by the dual promise of automatic conversion and the Nook emulator, which allows you to preview how your digital text will appear. However, in our brief testing, we had trouble getting either to work. If Barnes & Noble can improve the stability of the service, PubIt! could prove popular with authors and small publishing companies who don't want to be locked into the Kindle format.