Barnes & Noble launched PubIt!, a platform that gives independent publishers and authors a means of digitally distributing their works through BN.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Barnes & Noble reports that, at the platform's launch, the bookseller added thousands of titles by independent authors and publishers who pre-registered for the service since its announcement.
Users of PubIt! are able to set the list price of their ebooks and track their sales and payments. Works can be priced between $0.99 and $199.99, and publishers receive 65 percent of the list price for content sold between $2.99 and $9.99. Authors who price their work above and below this range receive 40 percent of the list price. In addition, publishers' intellectual property rights will be protected by Barnes & Noble's digital rights management technology.
All PubIt! titles can be read on any NOOK software-enabled device, including Apple products and Android smartphones.