Barbara Freethy has become the first author to sell 1m ebooks on Barnes & Noble via PubIt. Announcing the news on her blog, she notes that she passed the same milestone with Amazon a few months ago and that she’s now up to 2.7m sales across six retailers since January 2011.
Having started out as an author with traditional publishers, Freethy eventually started self-publishing her backlist once the rights had reverted to her. Since then, with new titles such as Just a Wish Away, she has enjoyed great success. In an interview with Indie BookSpot earlier this year, she noted: “What I love about indie publishing is that I have control over my product and my pricing. I can brand the covers. I can write the book of my heart, which may or may not be on trend, and I can see my sales almost in real-time. I also get a bigger piece of the financial pie”.
It remains unclear whether Barnes & Noble is planning to expand PubIt to international authors any time soon. Those living outside the US currently have to use distributors such as Smashwords in order to get their titles into the B&N store.