What’s Up with Nook?

Spring Fever, #2 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSome of you have contacted me, asking about the appearance of duplicate editions at Nook this week. There’s a story behind this (of course!) and today, we’ll talk about it.

Once upon a time, in 2012 or 2013, when I first began to indie-publish, it wasn’t possible for authors outside the US to open an account to publish at Nook. As you know, I’m in Canada, but I wanted to make my books available to Nook readers. My New York agent agreed to make this possible, and we set up the account so I could publish my books there. At the time, I thought I would eventually return to traditional publishing and my relationship with my agent would continue. There also was talk that Nook would eventually open to non-US authors, so I planned to switch over the account when that happened.

Fast forward six years. My agent and I had less and less business to do together and finally, earlier this year, the last of the Dragonfire novels reverted to me and we had no business left to do together. I also had decided not to return to traditional publishing. I like being indie too much. 🙂 Since I’d heard nothing more about Nook opening to other authors, I began to distribute my books to B&N via an aggregator, replacing the Nook editions with Draft2Digital ones. This meant that the product numbers changed, which meant that the links to the product pages changed. It also meant that there wasn’t a specific Nook edition, with links to my other books at Nook inside each book.

You can guess what happened next. Just as the transition was nearly done – with the last of my books coming out of Kindle Unlimited and going into wide distribution again, all with new Nook links – Nook contacted me and asked me to be part of a beta-test for the opening of their portal to Canadian and Australian authors. Ha. Right now, we’re in the middle of taking my books direct again, so there are duplicate editions appearing at Nook. Once the transition is complete, my books will be published directly to Nook again and the old product numbers (and links) will be the good ones again. The ebooks from Nook will also have Nook links inside for my other books.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.I’ll also make some print editions available directly through NookPress, just as I make some available directly through Amazon, as that gives a better consumer price than having either portal sell the Ingrams editions. For example, the list price of the trade paperback of Simply Irresistible from Ingrams is $13.99 US. I have an edition available on Amazon that is the same except that it isn’t available for broader distribution. It’s priced at $9.99 US. On Nook, I just put a print edition on sale which is exclusive to B&N – it’s also otherwise the same as the Ingrams edition, but has a list price of $9.99 at Nook.

So, if you are a Nook customer, please be a little patient. Good things are in the works!

2 thoughts on “What’s Up with Nook?

  1. Ah Deborah, I learn so much from you ❤ Thank you for this post 🙂 I really appreciate learning more about the business side of being an author and the hoops outside the US. It is gratifying that Nook is getting it's act together!??? You know how I feel about Nook vs. Amazon. I really hope Nook decides to dig their heels in and be competitive in the marketplace. The US isn't the center of the universe and Nook needs to heed that lesson (among others).

    Oh and a personal FYI, I had to buy a new tablet to read on last week. I learned the hard way not to keep my Tablet plugged in all the time to avoid too many "charges". The battery was swelling and prying the tablet apart. The tech said it would explode soon. I now have a Nook Samsung Tab E 9.6. Samsung makes all Nook reading devices and it's going great. The price for a Nook Tab over a standard Samsung was the same and I got a BN discount since I'm a member. I discovered the Aldiko reading app that allows importing book files via an SD card. It's a pretty good reading app except I can't change the font and only has black or white background options. It's better and easier to use over ADE which you know I HATE to use.


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