Barnes & Noble Takes Stake in iUniverse

Leading bookseller Barnes & Noble, Inc. Tuesday expanded its online efforts by investing in publishing portal, Inc.

iUniverse is a site devoted to writers. It provides a community site for writers to submit manuscripts online, browse books, learn about writing, participate in writers’ chat rooms, and have their books marketed, distributed and sold worldwide.

Under terms of the agreement, Barnes & Noble (BKS) will take a 49 percent stake in iUniverse. No financial specifics were disclosed, though the companies said iUniverse titles will be made available through the chain of Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar stores and will be prominently featured within

Steve Riggio, vice chairman of Barnes & Noble, said that the investment was made to aid up-and-coming writers.

“This investment is about giving authors with small voices the loudspeakers
they need to get their works published and distributed throughout the
world,” Riggio said. “Just as
Barnes & Noble has put books in the hands of more readers,
will allow more authors to publish and distribute their work and make the
phrase ‘out-of-print’ obsolete.”

To further help its growth, Richard Tam, iUniverse founder and CEO, said the company has formed alliances with the Authors Guild, Writer’s Digest, Ingram Books and

“We’re serving notice that the rules in publishing have changed,” said Richard Tam, founder and
chief executive officer of “We now have the capacity to
publish 2,000 titles a month, and by next year, we’ll publish tens of
thousands of titles, making us one of the world’s largest publishers.”

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