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

A writer has to be very careful these days. The sharks are always circling.

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

  1. Ugh. I’m *still* getting phone calls and emails from Author Solutions because I made the mistake of clicking on them when I was researching self-pubbing two years ago.

    • They are voracious, from what I’ve read. If I’d ever thought about using Lulu, knowing AS is involved with them killed it for me. AS is horrible; maybe the worst thing to happen to writers. Greedy, relentless… as you said: UGH.

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