Learn More About Submitting Guides to NOOK

If you are submitting a “Guide” to NOOK you must use the following guidelines in order for your submission to be approved:

  • Select “Book” as type of application being submitted
  • Format application title as: “Guide: <insert guide name here>”
  • First sentence of the description must clearly indicate the app is a guide
  • icon must include a wrapper that clearly states “Guide”
  • You must have permission to use any copyright material in your app images or icons

If you have any questions about the requirements above, please contact us.



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Understanding NOOK Reporting & Payment Processes

This blog post provides information about the capabilities of NOOK Developer reporting tools and also addresses questions that you may have regarding our payment and billing processes.

We hope that after reading this post you have a better understanding of how to use our online reports.

Once your application has been live for at least 2 days on the US or UK catalog you can view your revenue sales and download stats by logging into http://nookdeveloper.barnesandnoble.com and access the “Reports” area as shown below.

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The screen shots below show an example of the Reports sections and the information that is available to you.

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In the chart and details area you can do the following:

1. Keep track of your sales and number of units sold by looking at the “Chart” view. You can be organized the data by date, application, and currency (GBP and USD).

2. See your revenue breakdown by application and date for both UK and US sales by selecting the “Details” view.

Note: Developers receive 70% of their app sales. For example, if you sell an application for $ 0.99, sales reports will show $0.69 that is the 70% cut, the other 30% is automatically given to B&N.

3. Download a .csv file arranged by month and application by selecting the “Export CSV” link.

2014 Payment Schedule

Included below is the payment schedule for 2014. All payments will be processed on the day listed below. International vendors should allow 3-5 business days to receive payment.

January 30th December sales
February 28th January sales
March 28th February sales
April 30th March sales
May 30th April sales
June 30th May sales
July 30th June sales
August 29th July sales
September 30th August sales
October 30th September sales
November 26th October sales
December 30th November sales

Note: Payments are for the sales from the previous month. Example – January’s payment is for sales made in the month of December.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: When do I get paid?

A: All payments are made at the end of the month for the previous month sales. For example, if you sell apps in June sales for those apps sold are paid to you in your July payment. See both the payment schedule within this document and the NOOK Device Application Distribution Agreement for more information.

2. Q: Why have I not been paid for my app sales?

A: NOOK Apps pays accounts on a NET Thirty basis (or on the thirtieth day of the proceeding month) and only if your sales reach the $10 minimum for domestic vendors and $50 for International developers.

3. Q: How do I get paid for my UK sales?

A: All developers, international and domestic, receive their final combined payments (UK + US sales) in USD. The conversion from GBP to USD happens automatically at the time of the purchase and the most current currency exchange rates are applied.

4. Q: How do international developers get paid?

A: International developers are sent checks at the end of each month once the $50 threshold is reached.

5. Q: When do I receive my yearly earnings statement?

A: Yearly 1099 earnings reports are sent to all domestic developers in early February. Note: S and C corporations do not receive 1099 reports.

6. Q: Still Have Questions?

A: Get in touch with NOOK Developer Support.


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Interested in Increasing Your Profit Potential on NOOK?

Be one of the first to implement subscriptions in your NOOK App and receive premium app marketing.

NOOK Developer is excited to announce that we have teamed up again with leading mobile payment provider Fortumo to bring subscription support to NOOK.

Submit your subscription-enabled app to NOOK Developer by Friday, March 7th 2014 to qualify for two weeks of premium marketing exposure on device.

Get Started Today!

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Cross-sell Your NOOK Apps: The Easiest Sale You’ll Ever Make

Did you know that by simply implementing the Shop Details API, you’re able to easily cross-promote your other app/s that are also on NOOK?  This simple integration has proven useful and effective for developers who have more than one app on NOOK and are looking to increase their sales potential to existing users of their content.

How does it work? The Shop Details API is an Android intent that will open an overlay window on top of your app display, showing the product details page for a specific item in the NOOK Store.

The user can then buy the item directly from that page or close the overlay and return back to your app. The code looks like this:

Intent i = new Intent();
// The real EAN for the cross-sell app goes above

This is a natural place for you to upsell a user who is already engaging with your content.  Simply, show something for the app/s you want to promote, such as an app icon or app name, and when the user selects it, use the code above to open the app’s product details page within the NOOK Store.  You can find your app/s EANs in the Applications tool within NOOKDeveloper.

If don’t want to hardcode the EAN into your application, it is possible to use a webview instead. Read this sample APK and Project for your reference.

If you’re distributing your apps in multiple regions, please ensure that all the cross-promoted apps are available in the same regions as the promoting app itself. Otherwise, if a promoted app is not available in the same region, the device will display an error message when the customer tries to purchase the promoted app, resulting in a poor customer experience, missed sales and/or low user ratings / reviews.

Review this example Eclipse project showing how to use this API by logging into NOOKDeveloper and reviewing the Shop Details API article. This API is also available for developers using Adobe AIR and Corona SDK.

If you aren’t already using this API, now’s the time to get your high performing apps working for you!

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NOOK Software Update v2.1

New Features in Device Update 2.1 – Available Now!

NOOK Device Update 2.1 for HD and HD+ tablets is now available and will automatically download and install into customers’ devices starting today. This update contains new customer features provided by Google apps and services that were not previously available in NOOK tablets, including Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Talk, Google+, YouTube, and the Play stores.

Google Apps in NOOK Software v2.1 UpdateFor developers, this update brings additional functionality you can add to your applications, such as location and maps, data back-up, and Google+ login. The Android release on NOOK remains at 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or SDK15 in the Android SDK.

While customers will be able to purchase and download apps from Google Play into their NOOK, the NOOK Store remains the best place to host your app for maximum visibility on device in promotional lists and merchandising spots, in NOOK social media, blogs and promotions, and on the bn.com website.

Speaking of promotions — submit your IAP-enabled apps on NOOK Developer by May 17 for premium marketing visibility for up to three apps.  Visit our In-App Purchase for NOOK Apps page for full details.

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In-App Purchase for NOOK Apps Now Available

A few weeks ago we announced that In­App Purchase was coming to NOOK and I’m pleased to say that its now here!fortumo_nook2

Though our partnership with leading mobile payment platform provider Fortumo, developers can now take advantage of this monetization option for your apps on NOOK.

The NOOK Developer portal has been updated with the necessary app submission tools (including the Fortumo SDK for IAP) and guidelines documents for updating existing and/or submitting new in-app purchase enabled apps to the NOOK store.

To get started, sign up at Fortumo.com/nook and set up your account. Once approved, create as many services, which are your in­app purchase items (such as gold coins, weapons, upgrades, or other items of value), as you would like to deliver in your apps. Download the in-­app purchase library and SDK and integrate these into your apps. Once your services have been approved by Fortumo and deployed into production, you can submit your apps to NOOK Developer for testing and approval and placement in the NOOK Store.

The Fortumo developer portal makes it easy to manage your services, review transactions, and see monthly payments from Fortumo to your account.

We’re committed to supporting your success on NOOK. Submit IAP enabled apps to the NOOK Store by May 3, 2013 to be considered for extra marketing visibility and merchandising exposure.

Be sure to review the full details and best practices for integrating in-­app purchase into your apps posted on NOOK Developer: https://nookdeveloper.barnesandnoble.com/iap.html

We look forward to seeing your apps with in­app purchase in the NOOK Apps storefront soon!

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Free Fridays — Now With Apps!

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Earlier today we added Free Apps to the weekly NOOK Free Fridays Books promotion where a popular book is given away each week on Friday. The Free Fridays Books is a popular feature for NOOK owners who look for the announcement each week on the NOOK Blog with cross links posted on Twitter and Facebook.

With the addition of Free Fridays Apps, every week a selected app will have its price reduced to $0.00 early Friday morning and will be announced on the NOOK Blog. The app will be free all day Friday. For the NOOK customer, this is just another benefit of owning a NOOK tablet. For the developer, this promotion is a valuable way to market your app and company.

FAF-FacebookGiving away your paid app might seem to be a crazy idea but consider the benefits. If you have a catalog of apps to sell, giving one away gives you a great opportunity for exposure beyond what you might get on your own; then you can cross-market/cross-sell your other apps from the giveaway app. If you collect contact information from the users, you can rapidly build a marketing list that can be used to announce and promote your apps via email or newsletters. If your free app includes app analytics, you can measure how a large number of users use your app. You can analyze which parts of the app are popular and which features might not be getting exercised, and use that information to improve the app in future updates or releases. And the customer comment stream from this large test audience gives you valuable feedback on your app, letting you know what the users like and what they might not like so much.

If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like your app to be considered for our Free Fridays Apps promotion, please file a support ticket on NOOKDeveloper.com with Subject “Free Fridays Apps” and tag it for the “Marketing & Promotion” category and tell us about your app.

Watch for the Free Fridays App each week. We’re sure you’ll find some new apps to enjoy.

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