Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

David Gaughran

NookPressAuthorSolutionsNook Press – Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform – launched a selection of author services last October including editing, cover design, and (limited) print-on-demand.

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.

Until now.

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.

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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, Indiana. Image courtesy of Wikimedia, uploaded by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 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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4 thoughts on “Barnes & Noble’s Dirty Little Secret: Author Solutions and Nook Press

  1. In addition to the list above, how many are not mentioned here under the umbrella when Penguin Group merged (a company with a good reputation), and later also merged with Random House to form Penguin Random House?
    “On July 1, 2013, Author Solutions’ parent company Penguin Group completed a merger with Random House to form Penguin Random House.[15]”

  2. So, I guess Wikipedia needs to add a few more. “Author Solutions is the parent company of the self publishing companies/imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris, Palibrio, and Booktango.[2] Author Solutions also maintains partnerships with traditional book publishers Simon & Schuster (Archway Publishing),[3] Thomas Nelson (WestBow Press),[4] Hay House (Balboa Press),[5] and Guideposts (Inspiring Voices);[6] as well as with Writer’s Digest (Abbott Press)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Author_Solutions

    • I agree. I’m glad this information is available for writers looking to self-publish. A decade ago, it would have been much more difficult for a writer to thoroughly research a company before deciding to invest their hard-earned cash. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

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