Author Barbara Freethy Sells 1 Million NOOK Books™ Through PubIt!™
Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! Platform Helps Authors Easily Self-Publish Their Work
and Find New Audiences
NEW YORK -- October 18, 2012
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products, today announced that Barbara Freethy has sold
1 million NOOK Books through its self-publishing platform PubIt!
(www.pubit.com). Freethy, the award-winning author of popular titles Summer
Secrets and When Wishes Collide, has self-published 17 of her backlist titles
and three original eBooks on PubIt!, with 11 of those eBooks appearing on The
New York Times bestseller list.
“What’s exciting to me about PubIt! is the ability to find a whole new
readership through eBooks,” said Barbara Freethy. “PubIt! is so easy to use
and there are great merchandising opportunities. I like having my
self-published eBooks treated as if they were published by a traditional
publisher in New York.”
“Barbara has been tremendously successful at leveraging the power of PubIt! to
reach the vast audience of NOOK eBook readers,” said Theresa Horner, Vice
President of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble. “We would like to congratulate
her on reaching this incredible milestone and we hope that her success
inspires other talented writers to bring their work to PubIt! and Barnes &
Freethy, who has had 20 titles make the Barnes & Noble.com Top 100 list, plans
to continue her self-publishing success with a new series called The
Callaways, a story about a family of brave firefighters and police officers
whose lives are complicated by family secrets and life-changinglove.
Throughout The Callaways series each family member will face a moral dilemma
and the question of whether to protect the community, the family or
themselves. The Callaways will be available on NOOK at the end of 2012.
PubIt! is Barnes & Noble’s easy-to-use platform for independent publishers and
authors to digitally distribute their works across all Barnes & Noble
platforms. With clear and competitive terms – and no hidden fees – the
self-service online PubIt! portal provides qualified content owners a simple
and profitable way to publish and distribute their works across Barnes &
Noble’s entire line of NOOK^® devices, including the recently announced NOOK^®
HD and NOOK^® HD+. PubIt! titles can also be discovered and read through a
range of free NOOK reading apps, available for iPad^™, iPhone^®, Android,
Mac^® and PC.
More information on PubIt! can be found at www.pubit.com.
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