This document contain the information needed to understand the Barnes & Noble requirements for distribution of electronic publications. For an overview of the interface, please refer to the Exporting files to external partnerssection.

 Barnes & Noble

File requirements

  • EPUB Files Only (ePub 2)
  • Files available for sale
  • Must pass ePubCheck validation

Metadata required

  • Unique identification number (ISBN-13)
  • Title
  • Language
  • Description
  • paper ISBN (if available)
  • Author(s)
  • Publication date of the EPUB format
  • Publication date of the paper format (if available)
  • Number of Pages
  • Price
  • Description
  • At least one BISAC classification

Requirements for connection to the external partner

  • A valid contract
  • The FTP access to your account or the De Marque accounts.
  • People in your organization who will have to have access to the Kobo module.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements to fulfill for a file to be shipped to a partner site?

The publication must be online, with a sales availability date, and the countries selected for sale, as well as all the metadata, must be provided (see above).


  • When are the files and metadata shipped?

The metadata and files are sent when the availability date is reached.


  • When is the metadata shipped again after it has been modified?

The metadata and cover page are shipped once per hour to all external partners, as soon as a change occurs.


  • What delays are likely before a book is put on sale?

A few days.


  • Does the partner manage pre-orders?



  • Does the partner manage future availability dates?



  • Can we force the shipment of files and/or metadata to the partner?

Shipments are usually sent automatically. Your platform administrator can force the shipment of new files and/or metadata if necessary.


  • What countries are available? (If some are not available to you, contact your platform administrator.)