Indie Authors to See their Books on B&N Shelves?

By Mercy Pilkington for GoodeReader (6/28/16) – Barnes and Noble just issued a press release on its Nook Press print-on-demand service. As we predicted, it finally puts in motion the possibility of authors seeing their books on stores shelves. Opponents’ concerns over a general drop in quality of books in the stores are unfounded, as all submitted titles will be vetted for approval and have to meet the company’s outlined standards. Authors will also be required to be “eligible Nook Press authors,” meaning their titles must be available as ebooks on BN.com and not included in Amazon’s KDP Select category.

There’s another catch, though: it’s not just about quality, it’s about prior sales. The opportunity is limited to titles “whose eBook sales [of a single title] have reached 1,000 units in the past year.” In-store book signings and live events will be limited to those whose “eBook sales [of a single title] have reached 500 units in the past year.”

EDS NOTE: Not to be pessimistic, but there are many indie authors who have sold over a 1,000 copies in a year. What other requirements–aside from not being in Amazon’s KDP Select program–are necessary to garner what must be limited shelf space at B&N?  It’s not like they’re going to be dumping James Patterson’s many titles to make room for lesser know indies and in the scope of things, 1,000 copies is small change. Our advice? Indie authors should certainly ask for more details before jumping Amazon’s ship to publish with NOOK.  Just saying…