Barnes & Noble has been sending out email today to all of the authors still using PubIt. The email is short and sweet, and it all it says is that the self-pub service will be shut down early next month.
PubIt was launched in late 2010 in response to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, but it’s never been clear just how much success the platform has had. B&N has declined to share any solid info on the number of titles or authors that used PubIt, not even when Nook Press was launching. At that time B&N only shared vague details about PubIt’s growth, leading many (including this blogger) to wonder exactly what B&N didn’t want us to know.
It’s been nearly 3 months since B&N announced Nook Press, and while I don’t know that there are any authors who like the service or prefer it to PubIt I can tell you that B&N has updated Nook Press several times. One update that stands out was announced in early May and added the ability to edit previously published ebooks. No, I can’t believe that was forgotten at the launch of Nook Press, either.
It’s a good thing that B&N has been releasing updates to Nook Press, because the early user reports variously described it as simply nonfunctional, useless, a joke, and such a terrible experience that one author gave up and went back to using Smashwords. I also know of several authors, including the one who tipped me to this story, that have not seen a compelling reason to try Nook Press.
If you have tried Nook Press and prefer it to PubIt (or vice versa), please leave a comment with your experiences.