This is really more of a relaunch on a new platform (see the note later in this post). The new and updated features of the platform include:
- Additional trim size options for POD books
- 65% royalties on ebooks priced up to $200 (two hundred dollars, the max price allowed)
Also: "Barnes and Noble Press also continues to give qualified authors the opportunity to apply for signings and events at Barnes & Noble bookstores, as well as giving select authors the opportunity to sell their books in stores."
Given that B&N doesn't sell a lot of books any more, it's not clear what value authors can derive from that other than as an ego boost.
In any case, I checked the new site's portal and noted the following warning:
Starting 1/23 we will begin migrating accounts to the new platform. There will be a staggered rollout over the next 3 days, so you may not see all of your projects on the new platform until the migration is complete. Users who login to the current NOOK Press site will be automatically redirected to the new B&N Press website once their account and projects have been fully migrated. Books available for sale on BN.com and NOOK will not be affected, and will remain on sale throughout the process.
If you do have book projects in progress in Nook Press, it might be best to let them sit for a few days so that the dust can settle.