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August 2013   •  Vol. 24, No. 8   •  Download pdf version

NOOK Press: A Contract Review


Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of three articles examining the publishing contracts of the Kobo, NOOK Press, and Amazon Kindle digital publishing programs. The series was prompted by NINC member requests for clarification of certain contract provisions and is offered for educational purposes.

At the request of Novelists, Inc. I have read the NOOK Press Terms & Conditions – last updated 4/17/13 (the “NOOK Contract”), which appears online at, as well as: the NOOK Pricing and Payment Terms (, the NOOK Press Content Policy (, the Barnes & Noble Privacy Policy (, Mobile Privacy Policy Supplement (, and the Barnes & Noble Website/NOOK Store Terms of Use (

In this article I will express my personal opinions as to what I consider to be the most important provisions of the NOOK Contract, and as to how the NOOK Contract differs from the form contracts used by traditional large New York print publishers. I will also touch lightly on the other documents mentioned above.

Caveat: this is not intended to be an exhaustive review of each and every sentence in the various documents… just those provisions I consider most significant to most authors.

For the same reason, if you are thinking of publishing your book(s) via NOOK, you should of course read the NOOK Contract and its attachments, rather than relying solely on this article. article.

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NINC 2013 Conference: TEN for TEN
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Not Your Usual Writing Advice:
     Shifting Sands
The Mad Scribbler:


The NOOK Contract provides only for e-book publication… not audio, print-on-demand or conventionally printed editions… and only for reading via the various NOOK reading devices and on computers and other devices using NOOK software.

Changeable contract terms

The NOOK Contract states that it may be changed by Barnes & Noble at any time in its sole discretion, and that Barnes & Noble may provide notice of changes by posting the new or revised agreement on the NOOK Press.      Continued on page 6 


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