Apple Details iBookstore Self Publishing

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Authors hoping to make it big without relying on a publisher can sell their works through Apple’s iBookstore, and the company has released a guide explaining just what’s involved.

Before a book can be self published, you’ll need an iTunes Store account and a tax ID number, your book needs an ISBN, and the book file must be in an epubcheck 1.0.5-validated ePub format. Once everything is set up, you’ll be able to set your book’s price and sell it in the iBookstore around the world.

Apple also lists several aggregation publishing partners for authors that don’t want to handle all of the steps needed to get their titles on the iBookstore.

The iBookstore is Apple’s online ebook selling service for the iPAd’s iBooks app. It already offers a long list of titles from several big name publishing houses, and more books are being added all the time.

Additional information about self publishing at the iBookstore is available at the Apple Web site.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

computerbandgeek

So.. you are allowed to publish adult books directly through Apple, but not apps. Or books with a political agenda. Or books that discuss Google Voice. Funny how there is a sort of double standard here.

WetcoastBob

Never mind the “double standard”.  Just think for a minute…..  Self publishing??  Whoa!!!!  this is gong to be BIG!!

Lee Dronick

Is the ISBN number necessary if you don’t sell through the iBookstore? What I am thinking an iPad owner can add iBooks from sources other than the iBookstore. So a writer could sell iBooks/ePubs on their own or 3rd party websites, on a DVD for that matter. Now coming full circle to my first question, is the ISBN number necessary to catalog the iBooks in the iTunes database?

We can export to ePub from InDesign. I wonder if future versions of Pages will allow that.

computerbandgeek

Is the ISBN number necessary if you don?t sell through the iBookstore?

This rule is probably to help weed out content that really doesn’t belong. If people have to get an ISBN, then you won’t see people publishing their 8th grade essays too often.

Lee Dronick

Sir Harry Flashman said:Is the ISBN number necessary if you don?t sell through the iBookstore?
This rule is probably to help weed out content that really doesn?t belong. If people have to get an ISBN, then you won?t see people publishing their 8th grade essays too often.

I can understand the requirement for an ISBN number at the iBookstore. However, is one necessary otherwise? Can I load an ePub that I created locally onto my Mac and then onto my iPad if it doesn’t have an ISBN number?

There maybe a market for middle school essays smile

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