- Fees – I can’t find a mention of a fee to submit ebooks (neither by title or annual)
- Format options – Pubit accepts a number of doc formats as well as Epub; from what I can tell the Epub file doesn’t have to pass EpubCheck
- Format options, 2 – the ebook can’t be more than 20MB in size
- royalties – if you price your ebook between $2.99 and $9.99, B&N will pay 65%; otherwise the royalty is 40%
- participation – you need a credit card and bank account from a US bank as well as a US tax ID
- pricing – royalties are paid based on list price, but B&N reserve the right to put your ebook on sale (you will still get the same royalty as if it weren’t on sale)
- pricing, 2 – you can’t sell your ebook for less than $.99
Liz Castro was somewhat bothered by the pricing clause. I don’t get it. Retailers can put a paper book on sale without having to get the permission of the publisher; why should anyone care that B&N want to do the same for ebooks? You’re getting the same amount of money either way.
I’m not so sure that the royalty terms are such a good idea. I like the fact that they’re trying keep ebook prices from going to high, but what about nonfiction? I’ve been quite happy to pay as much as $30 for some titles; now that publisher will be pressured to lower the price.