For anyone that knows the sordid history of Author Solutions, this is all vomit-worthy stuff. That B&N would voluntarily associate itself with such an ethically bankrupt company is terribly disappointing, though seemingly par for the course, as B&N has a current reputation as one of the most badly managed companies of its size in the U.S.
Immediate speculation surrounded who exactly was providing these services, with many – including Nate Hoffelder, Passive Guy, and myself – speculating it could be Author Solutions. However, there was no proof.
A source at Penguin Random House has provided me with a document which shows that Author Solutions is secretly operating Nook Press Author Services. The following screenshot is taken from the agreement between Barnes & Noble and writers using the service.
You will see that the postal address highlighted above for physical submission of manuscripts is “Nook Press Author Services, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana.”
Author Solutions, Bloomington, IN. Image from Wikimedia, by Vmenkov, CC BY-SA 3.0
There’s something else located at that address: Author Solutions US headquarters in Bloomington…
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