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iBooks Author: Publish a book to the iBooks Store

Publish a book to the iBooks Store

If you use a Paid Books Account to make a book available in the iBooks Store, you need to create a sample book for customers to view before deciding to download the book. iBooks Author can create a sample book based on one of your book’s chapters, or you can create a custom sample book using the steps below. If you use a Free Books Account, providing a sample book is optional.

During the publishing process, you specify whether the book is new or an update to a previously published version. If it is an update, you must provide a new version number. Readers who downloaded your book are notified in iBooks that a new version is available.

Create a custom sample book

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Duplicate your book and delete chapters and pages you don’t want to appear in the sample book.

      If you use this method, be sure to check for broken hyperlinks and glossary terms.

    • Create a new book and copy items into it from the complete book.

  2. With the sample book open, choose File > Export, and click iBooks.

  3. Click the disclosure triangle next to iBooks Store Options and follow the onscreen instructions.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Type a name for the sample, choose where you want to save it, and click Export.

    An iBooks file (with the extension .ibooks) is created. Follow the steps below to submit the sample along with your book.

Publish a book to the iBooks Store

Note:   Make sure to use the latest version of iBooks Author to publish your book. To check, choose Apple menu > Software Update.
  1. With the book open, click Publish in the toolbar or choose File > Publish.

  2. Follow the onscreen instructions.

    For more information, see iBooks Store publishing overview.

    A book file with the extension .itmsp is created.

  3. Click Open in iTunes Producer.

  4. To add a custom sample book, drag the iBooks file (with the extension .ibooks) to the Publication Sample area in iTunes Producer.

  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to publish to the iBooks Store.

Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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