Friday night, I found an invitation to submit books to Pubit!™ lodged in my spam filter. I joined Barnes and Noble’s mailing list a few months ago, but had no idea when their eBookstore would open to indy publishers wishing to publish for their Nook™ eReader device. I’m particularly interested as the platform was available previously only to major publishers (who are unlikely to offer books about self-publishing.)
The submission process is friendly—better than most—and there’s a good preview application that lets you see how your book will look on the Nook™ device. Nook™ books can also be viewed on iPad and iPhone devices, so readers aren’t limited to using proprietary hardware. There is a note on Pubit!™ book listing pages that says, “Note: Not compatible with Mac and Blackberry Clients.” Notwithstanding the fact that the average reader is unlikely to know that “client” refers to a piece of computer hardware or software that sends and receives data and has noting to do with customers, Mac and Blackberry users should probably look at purchasing their eBooks elsewhere.
Nook™ Book Preview
The good news was I was able to take ePub files I had prepared for Apple’s iTunes Bookstore and submit them without modification or hassle. I don’t know how forgiving the Pubit!™ store is about receiving perfect ePub files, but Apple’s iTunes Connect software is extremely picky and can return long lists of cryptic error messages. It might be a good precaution to pass the “Apple test” before submitting to other eBook stores that want ePub submissions. (Interestingly, when I tried to submit the ePub version to the Amazon Kindle store, it wouldn’t accept my file. I had to upload a PDF, download a converted-to-HTML version, edit separately and then resubmit the HTML.)
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