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Barnes & Noble self-publishing platform rebranded as Nook Press

Barnes & Noble has rebranded its PubIt self-publishing platform as Nook Press, adding some new features to make it easier for authors to turn their work into eBooks.

With Quick Start, for example, writers can try out Nook Press's online tools before adding their book. All writing, editing, formatting, and publishing, meanwhile, can be done in one place, and authors can invite friends to read and comment on what they've written.

"We're thrilled to bring all the new and exciting features of Nook Press to existing PubIt authors and new writers looking for a quick, effective and free one-stop self-publishing platform that delivers high-quality e-books to millions of book-loving Nook customers," Theresa Horner, vice president of digital content at Nook Media, said in a statement.

Like PubIt, Nook Press authors can price their titles between $0.99 and $199.99 (65p and £130). Authors whose books are priced at or between $2.99 and $9.99 (£2 and £6.5) will receive 65 per cent of the list price for sold content; those priced at $2.98 (£2) or less, or $10 (£6.5) or more, receive 40 per cent. Writers are compensated from the list price they set with no additional charges, regardless of file size.

Once a book lands in the Nook bookstore — in two to three days, according to the company — authors can easily track daily sales and month-over-month progress with visually enhanced sales reports.

Barnes & Noble unveiled PubIt in 2010, and the platform makes up a quarter of B&N's digital book sales each month. Barnes & Noble said it designed Nook Press with input from PubIt authors, as well as technology from partner FastPencil.

To get started, visit the Nook Press website.

Rivals Amazon and Apple also have self-publishing platforms.