B&N Strips Romance/Vaguely Erotic Indie Titles of Samples

  • Posted on: 3 March 2011
  • By: MeiLin

Barnes and Noble is stripping samples from romance/erotica titles--but only if they're by indie authors. If you publish via their service PubIt!, they're stripping off your sample. Traditional publishers are unaffected. There was no announcement or anything. They just did it.

I verified this: They took down the samples of both "Lovers and Beloveds" and "The Gratification Engine," neither of which were at all off-color. This explains why I sell so few books at B&N. Books without samples don't sell, especially books by indies.

So fine, B&N, I'll put up my own damn samples. I used the book's description to include (again, no off-color) samples of both. Neener.

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Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... to be back. The only one of your e-books in the B&N store that doesn't have a sample is the second SG book. Other Sides also doesn't have a sample, but seeing as it's a short story collection, that actually kinda makes sense.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Everyone else is reporting that their samples are back. No word either way from B&N. Still keeping my excerpts up.

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