Today’s Publishers Weekly posted the results of a test run and noted the following differences:
* B&N’s 65% base royalty remains unchanged, compared with 70% paid by Amazon for Kindle books sold in the US-UK-EU
* B&N has yet to expand its e-book outlets beyond the U.S. and U.K., in contrast to Apple’s iBookstore, active in more than 50 nations, or Amazon’s outlets in 14 countries.
* Also unchanged is the pricing structure, which, as with Amazon and Apple, heavily favors books priced from $2.99 to $9.99. Authors should note that with all three booksellers, they actually earn less for books priced $10 to $20 than for those priced at $9. while their readers pay more.
* Although its base royalty is lower than Kindle’s for US-UK-EU books priced $2.99-$9.99, Nook Press does not deduct “delivery fees” (charges for larger file downloads) of any kind. For heavily formatted e-books, or full color picture books with massive high-resolution image files, the savings in delivery charges can outweigh the lower royalty. To its credit, Nook Press will preserve PubIt’s policy of allowing authors to publish on a non-exclusive basis, without attempts to penalize those who publish elsewhere — an area where both Amazon and Apple have faced widespread criticism for attempts to lock in unwary writers to unfavorable exclusive terms.
* A related feature allows authors to automatically convert their manuscripts from Word to e-book standard EPUB format for publication by Nook Press, then download an unencrypted EPUB file that will typically run effectively on other devices. This makes Nook Press a useful option for gestating books that the author can later sell at a variety of outlets.
* Nook Press now offers a live chat feature, which offers writers instant support and personalized answers to questions at every stage of the publishing process. Live chat could fix one of the greatest weaknesses of the old PubIt platform, notorious for slow responses to inquiries, often by anonymous form letters.
The battle is on!