Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press
This is your Mad Genius PSA for the day: Barnes & Noble’s self publishing platform isn’t nearly as clean as they would like it to appear.
Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive Guy, and myself – speculating it could be Author Solutions. However, there was no proof.
A source at Penguin Random House has provided me with a document which shows that Author Solutions is secretly operating Nook Press Author Services. The following screenshot is taken from the agreement between Barnes & Noble and writers using the service.
You will see that the postal address highlighted above for physical submission of manuscripts is “Nook Press Author Services, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana.”
Author Solutions, Bloomington, IN. Image from Wikimedia, by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0
There’s something else located at that address: Author Solutions US headquarters in Bloomington…
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