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What is the NOOK Press print platform?

The NOOK Press print platform is a service for making hardcover and paperback books of your self-published work.

The NOOK Press print platform creates print books for personal use that you can order and have shipped to you, or you can make your print books available for customer purchase via BN.com. The eBook platform creates digital books to put on sale through NOOK and BN.com.

How does the NOOK Press print platform work?

The NOOK Press print platform walks you step-by-step through the print book creation process. To make a print book you will need a print-ready PDF or print-ready Word document of your interior text, and a print-ready PDF of your cover file. NOOK Press provides all the tools and resources needed to help you create these print-ready files of your work. Download our Formatting Guide for details. You will find additional information on file preparation in our Formatting FAQs.

What browser should I view the NOOK Press print platform in?

To ensure the best experience possible, we recommend using the most up-to-date versions of the browsers below. To download the latest version, please click on your browser below:

Mozilla Firefox
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html

Safari
http://www.apple.com/safari

Google Chrome
http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser

Internet Explorer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie

You can create a print ready PDF from many content creation software tools including MS Word, InDesign, Pages for Mac, and any other software that allows you to save or export to PDF.

Who is the NOOK Press print platform for?

The NOOK Press print platform is for anyone who wants to make a professional-quality print book of their work. From the professional author to the first-time writer, from small publishers to the craftsperson, the NOOK Press print platform is a quick and easy to use platform that will deliver professional quality print books in about a week.

Can publishers outside the U.S. use the NOOK Press print platform?

The NOOK Press print platform is only available in the continental United States.

What type of books can I print using NOOK Press print platform?

The NOOK Press print platform offers paperback, hardcover with printed case, and hardcover with dust jacket. Interiors and covers can be printed in premium color or black & white.

Yes. The NOOK Press print platform can print books in premium color or black & white.

Yes. We require print-ready files of your book's interior text and cover. Please see our Formatting Guide for interior text and cover file specifications or see our Formatting FAQs for more information.

If I print a self-published book, will Barnes & Noble sell it in the store?

Yes, you can make your print book available for customer purchase on BN.com, and qualifying authors will have an opportunity for in-store placement after a Buyer Review. Your print book may qualify for in-store placement on a local, regional, or national level!

The NOOK Press print platform is under no obligation to print or manufacture any book or material. If in NOOK Press print platform's reasonable opinion, a book or material is obscene, libelous or otherwise infringes upon the right of any person, NOOK Press print platform is under no obligation to print or manufacture the book or material. Please see our Content Policy.

You must own all the rights to the text and images in your book if you intend to sell them.

Do I need an ISBN to print my book?

No. If you have one you're welcome to include it on your printed book but it is not necessary.

No. Under U.S. copyright law, your self-published work is protected as soon as you put pen to paper. Copyright is based on your creative authorship and is not dependent on any formal agreement with a book publisher or self-publishing company. Copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office allows you a higher level of security and confidence when it comes to protecting your work, but again, it is not necessary.

Yes. If you want to make your own print book of a public domain title you can do that.

If I have a self-published eBook on sale via NOOK Press, can I print it using the NOOK Press print platform?

Yes, but you will need print-ready PDFs of your book interior and cover (you may also use a print-ready Microsoft Word document for your book interior file). Note that a print-ready PDF cannot be made from an ePub file; however you can create your print-ready PDF or Word file from your original document. Please see the Formatting Guide for more information.

Who do I contact with questions?

Make sure to look through NOOK Press print platform FAQs and the Formatting Guide to see if your question has already been answered. You can also fill out our email support form and a qualified representative will respond to your question as soon as possible.

What's the turnaround time that I can expect from an email inquiry to NOOK Press print platform Support?

NOOK Press Support monitors the NOOK Press print platform email box hourly. Response times vary depending on the nature of your question. We endeavor to answer all questions as soon as possible, but we appreciate your patience.

If I sign up and publish my print book for sale with NOOK Press, can I sell it anywhere else?

Yes. Publishing with NOOK Press is a non-exclusive agreement, as outlined in our Terms & Conditions.

What are the NOOK Press Terms & Conditions? How will I know if they change?

The latest version of the NOOK Press Terms & Conditions are available here. You are responsible for checking for updates, and your continued use of the service after we post amendments will constitute acceptance of the changes.

When my print books are sold, can I get information about my customers?

No. Barnes & Noble does not share customer information with publishers. We do provide reporting on the Sales Reporting page to let you know how many print books you have sold and royalty payments.

How can I get special merchandising for my print book?

The Nook Team independently selects which books to merchandise. There is no official submission or application process at this time. However, if you would like to have your print book considered for special merchandising and promotional opportunities, please email us at nookpressauthors@book.com to have your email passed to our marketing and merchandising teams. We’re also always interested in hearing about your own marketing and publicity efforts for your book.

Can my print book be available for sale in Barnes & Noble stores?

Authors who have an eBook that has reached 1,000 unit sales in the past year receive the opportunity to have their corresponding print book reviewed by Barnes & Noble’s Small Press Department and one of our corporate category buyers. Titles may qualify for in-store placement on a local, regional, or national level.

Similarly, authors who have an individual eBook that has sold over 500 units in the past year qualify for consideration by one of our Barnes & Noble store managers for an in-store event, such as a book talk or book signing.

Please contact nookpressauthors@book.com for more details.

How long does it take for my print book to go on sale?

Once you click Publish, your project will typically be on sale on BN.com in 24-72 hours.

Can I take my print book off sale?

Yes. You can take your print book off sale at any time after it’s finished Processing. Click Take off Sale from the Projects page of your account.

Can friends buy my print books for sale?

Yes. Once your project is on sale, anyone can purchase your book wherever it is available for sale, including on Barnes & Noble.com.

What is the difference between “Print Books for Sale” and “Print for Personal Use?”

Under the Projects tab, you’ll see two tabs labeled Print Books for Sale and Print for Personal Use. Print Books for Sale is the flow you’ll follow if want to create a print book and make it available for customer purchase on Barnes & Noble.com. You can order up to 10 personal proof copies of your book under this process.

Print for Personal Use is the flow you’ll follow if you want to create print books for personal use, i.e., you do not want to make them publicly available for customer purchase on Barnes & Noble.com. Instead, you can have the books printed and shipped to you directly. If you’re creating print books for personal use, you do not need to use an ISBN.