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Publishers and authors who would like Barnes & Noble to consider their title(s) for sale on BN.com should complete the attached Publisher Information Form. Please mail both the completed form and sample book(s) to the address listed on the Publisher Information Form.

For more information about featuring your titles on BN.com, see the Publisher/Author FAQs on BN.com.

Barnes & Noble Retail Stores

Authors who would like to be considered by our buyers for store placement should submit a finished copy (no manuscripts, discs or flash drives please) of the book, along with marketing and promotion plans, trade reviews, and a note describing how the book meets the competition (what makes it unique) to:

The Small Press Department
Barnes & Noble
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-633-3388 (general information)

Please include your phone number, mailing address and email address. The information must include the ISBN and the suggested retail price. All books will be considered for store placement based on subject matter and salability. The review process takes about 3 months, and the Small Press Department responds to all submissions in writing.

Please review the attached Barnes & Noble Acceptance Criteria, which contains helpful information.

For more information about featuring your titles in Barnes & Noble retail stores, see the Publisher/Author FAQs on BN.com.

Vendor & Product Compliance 

Product quality and safety has always been a priority for Barnes & Noble, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Barnes & Noble”). Barnes & Noble requires all suppliers to stand fully behind their products. We depend on you to maintain knowledge of and comply with all safety standards for your products. To that extent, we have developed a Vendor and Product Compliance program to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, safe products to our customers.

All suppliers, manufacturers and other vendors (collectively, “Vendors”) of Barnes & Noble and its subsidiaries and affiliates must comply with the Barnes & Noble Vendor Requirements. By supplying Barnes & Noble with products, Vendors agree to be bound by all Barnes & Noble Vendor Requirements, as each of the same may be amended or supplemented from time to time. All books will be considered for store placement based on subject matter and salability. 

Publishing & Presenting Your Book

Please consider the following points when publishing and presenting your book:

1. Does your book have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)?

We use the ISBN to track inventory and sales information. An ISBN is a 13-digit number that specifically identifies your title. For further information, please see Barcoding Guidelines for the U.S. Book Industry on the Book Industry Study Group site. ISBNs are furnished by:

ISBN Agency
630 Central Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
908-219-0188 (fax)

Allow 5 business days for non-priority processing from the time an ISBN application is received at the agency (not from the date sent by the publisher).  Priority processing is two business days from the time an application is received at the agency. Express processing is 24 business hours. If your book has already been printed, you can sticker your books with the ISBN once it is assigned. The ISBN and price should appear on the back cover of the book.

2. Does your book have a bar code?

Bar codes help our stores handle books more efficiently. The bar code which incorporates your ISBN is scanned at the time of purchase, thus recording accurately the sale of your book. The book industry uses the Bookland EAN bar code, not the UPC. The barcode must have the U.S. retail price of the book embedded in it and printed on it. If your book is already printed, you can have pressure-sensitive labels produced for placement on the back cover. For a list of commercial bar code suppliers, please see Labels & Barcodes on the Book Industry Study Group site. 

3. What sort of binding is your book (Trade Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook, etc.)?

For a complete listing of formats, please review the most recent version of the ONIX code lists at www.editeur.org/14/code-lists/#code. Since most of the titles in our stores are placed on the shelves spine out, we require both the title and author be printed on the spine of the book.

4. Is your book available through a wholesaler?

Placing your book with a wholesaler/distributor will simplify your billing (one invoice to one location). It also allows B&N to consider placing larger orders and putting the book on automatic replenishment. 

Wholesalers/distributors are used by many segments of the book industry:  publishers, libraries and booksellers. Other bookstores order from the same wholesalers Barnes & Noble uses. We can help put you in touch with an appropriate wholesaler.

5. Is your book priced competitively with other titles of a similar topic and quality?

Customers care about cost. Price can be a determining factor for a customer when looking at books similar in content, presentation and format. Look at the pricing of similar books in the category, and try to price yours competitively. 

6. Why should Barnes & Noble place your title on its shelves?

Tell us what makes your book unique or special. What is your marketing plan?  Send us your publicity and promotional plans, along with any reviews or articles that may have been written about your book(s). 

7. What if there's an error in a title listing?

If you detect an error in a title listing, please email corrections@bn.com. Be sure to include the ISBN of the book. We receive a lot of copy that does not reference a specific ISBN, and this copy cannot be processed. 

To add text content (descriptive content, author bios), email the information to titles@bn.com. Please include the ISBN with no dashes in the “Subject” line. For cover images, email a jpeg of the image to imagesinquiry@book.com. For more information about how to share content, please visit here.

8. Where can you find more information on the topic of book writing, publishing, and marketing?

The reference shelf in your favorite bookstore or local library features a wide variety of titles about writing books and the business of publishing.