Details on iBooks Textbook Pricing and Distribution

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Apple’s new textbook ecosystem will follow the same model as the App Store and iBookstore, with the company taking 30% of each individual sale, according to Engadget. It also appears that the introductory US$14.99 price per textbook is a hard ceiling set by Apple, with publishers free to offer their works at any price at or below that mark.

Apple iBooks Textbooks

In addition, textbooks that are made available on the iBookstore must be exclusive to Apple’s products and cannot be sold on any competing platform. This coincides with the iBooks Author licensing terms that prohibit content created with the app from being sold anywhere other than through the iBookstore. Content creators can, however, distribute their works for free via the web.

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3 Comments

Lee Dronick

the introductory US$14.99 price per textbook is a hard ceiling set by Apple, with publishers free to offer their works at any price at or below that mark…textbooks that are made available on the iBookstore must be exclusive to Apple?s products and cannot be sold on any competing platform.

Well this should prove interesting

Aaron

Well this should prove interesting

Really! How do they expect to license quality multimedia content for these “textbooks”? The reason textbooks are expensive is partially due to the large amount of copyrighted material concentrated in one book. Use someone’s photo without permission/paying royalties you’ll be sued.

mickelsp

How do they expect to license quality multimedia content for these ?textbooks?? The reason textbooks are expensive is partially due to the large amount of copyrighted material concentrated in one book.

Presumably the volume of sales increases and makes up the revenue gap.  A lot of software, pre-Mac App store, cost more then apps do now, but that hasn’t stopped most developers from selling their applications through the App store.

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