iBooks and the iBookstore

23 Jan
Apple has made a great new app called iBooks Author, a free app that helps you format and create high quality e-books. The software is apparently getting great press on how easy it is to use. The bugger in it, is maybe iBooks isn’t as free as you think. While they’ll never charge you anything for the service, you will be greatly restricted as to where you can post your new e-books. If you charge a fee and this includes subscription based products the only place you sell your new iBook e-book is through the iBookstore. Some critics have claimed this would be like if Microsoft restricted where you could sell documents that were created on word.

There are now people looking into if this contract in the end-user license agreement is even legal and would a court enforce it, and speculation abounds about whether Apple would even uphold it.


Posted by on January 23, 2012 in News


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6 responses to “iBooks and the iBookstore

  1. Gillian Colbert

    January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Another little bugaboo is that you can take your content elsewhere but not in any format generated by iBook Author, it will export your book out to you in raw text. So, you are limited to three choices:

    1. Offer it for free anywhere
    2. Offer it for sale through the iBookstore only
    3. Start over from scratch once you realize you have only options 1 or 2

    There’s a great analysis of the EULA at

    • bibliopirate

      January 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Hopefully they find that EULA to be be unenforceable.

      • Gillian Colbert

        January 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        I seriously hope so.

  2. simonreadbooks

    January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    This would be akin to a mainstream publisher releasing your book then telling you it could only be sold in a certain bookstore. I have toyed with the idea of self-publishing a couple of my out-of-print books, but this sounds too restrictive.

    • Gillian Colbert

      January 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Check out Smashwords if you want to self-pub, they’re hooked into all the major channels (including Apple) except Amazon which is supposed to be coming soon. Amazon has Kindle Direct for their self-pub service. I’ve done quite well with both.

  3. cafegirlchronicles

    January 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Good to know, thank you! Cat. Good luck with the internship.


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