Xinxii.Com vs. Barnes and Noble Pubit: The Online Publishing Market

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Difference between Xinxii.Com and Barnes & Noble Pubit

Among the handful of eStores that allow authors and publishers to publish content online, XinXii.com and Barnes & Noble Pubit are some of the most promising. Offering a variety of services that make it easy for anyone to become an online-published author, these two services are compared in this revealing article.

Xinxii.Com
Barnes & Noble Pubit

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XinXii.com is a website that allows users to submit writings, documents and E-Books for sale to an online market. Authors are then essentially able to self-publish their work. Files of virtually any format are supported, and can be sold through the service. XinXii.com is the first platform to offer real-time trading tools to the German market, and it has since expanded its operations to cover many other markets all over the EU.

Barnes & Noble for its part offers Pubit, which is also a platform that allows users to self-publish written works and sell them via Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore. Uploaded works are then sold under an arrangement that grants Barnes and Noble distributorship rights. All works are sold as e-books, and the author makes a healthy profit from each ebook sold, which are priced from $1 to $200.

Purpose

XinXii was founded by Dr. Andrea Schober and Ulrich Schober. XinXii.com was launched in Berlin, Germany in January 2008. They launched the English version in the US in September 2010. It first achieved notice by enabling authors to publish and sell their own work over the Internet. The marketplace has since made inroads into the EU market, with a set of features that cater to English- and French-language writers. The company currently aims to become the foremost do-it-yourself platform for digital self-publication.

Barnes & Noble Pubit offers authors a one-stop-shop solution for publishing content for eventual sale. It offers support for a wide variety of different platforms, including most commonly available mobile devices and software.

Key Features

All language version of XinXii.com come with the same feature set. Options are provided that allow users to upload work to their platform of choice, and then assign it to the proper category. Users may also provide title, description, author's profile, and sales price information with each submission. At present, there are already 10,000 documents of various types available on the German site. It is expected that the document content of the English and French sites will grow exponentially in the coming years as well.

Barnes & Noble Pubit supports document formats such as HTML, RTF, TXT, and Microsoft Word. Submitted files will ultimately be converted into an ePub file. From the time you submit your document, it will only take a week or so for it to be available online. Submitted work will also be available via the Nook app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

Similarities and Differences

XinXii.com

  • A website that allows users to submit writings, documents and E-Books for sale to an online market
  • The first platform to offer real-time trading tools to the German market
  • Now available in English- and French-language versions

Barnes & Noble Pubit

  • A platform that allows users to self-publish written works and sell them via Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore
  • e-books are priced from $1 to $200

Which website is better?
  • Xinxii.Com
  • Barnes & Noble Pubit
 
 

Discuss It: comments 6

Great article, and it's great that you have collected all the information all together here. This has given me some new ideas, because it is impossible even to upload to PubIt without a US address. I will definitely try Xinxii. Thanks!

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  • Bev Robitai wrote on April 2011

It seems odd that no mention is made of Smashwords, a fully-international ebook site that does all you could want in uploading and selling ebooks. They have better distribution, through B&N, Sony, Apple etc, and are very easy to deal with even from here in New Zealand.

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