Publish and sell books with iBooks Author

Use iBooks Author to create and submit books to Apple Books or distribute anywhere on the web.

A MacBook Air showing a project in iBooks Author with pictures of tropical fish and the completed book on iPad.


Book creation is moving to Pages, and iBooks Author is no longer available to new users. iBooks Author can still be used on macOS 10.15 and earlier, but there will be no new updates.

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iBooks Author is a free app available in the App Store on your Mac that you can use to create and publish ebooks. Using the tools in the app, you can add artwork and metadata to a book. You can also export EPUB files that you created in a different program to iBooks Author, and then sell them on Apple Books or distribute them for free.

To publish your book from iBooks Author, you must first export it as a PDF, text file, EPUB, or .ibooks file. To choose the best format for your book, first decide how you plan to distribute it.

Publish your book on the Book Store

You can create a book in iBooks Author in EPUB (.epub) or iBooks (.ibooks) format and publish your work to the Book Store in Apple Books.

To sign up to sell your books on the Book Store, set up iTunes Connect for Apple Books. You can publish to Apple Books with PagesiTunes Producer, or our web publishing portal. Learn more about Apple Books for Authors. You can also make books available for free on the Book Store.

Publish your book for an iTunes U course

iTunes U is discontinuing at the end of 2021. Learn more about this change and what it means for content publishers and subscribers.

To submit your work for publication on iTunes U, save it as an .ibooks or EPUB file. 

To publish your book on iTunes U, you must have an iTunes U site. If you don't have an iTunes U site, you can apply for one.

Learn more about iTunes U and how to manage your classroom or course.

Distribute your books on the web

You can distribute works that you create with iBooks Author on the web as a standalone purchase or subscription product or service. When you sell your book on the web, you must use a format other than .ibooks, such as PDF or EPUB. If you want to sell your work in .ibooks format, you can sell it only through the Book Store in Apple Books. When you provide a work for free, you can distribute it in any format (including .ibooks) through the Book Store or by other means.

About copyright

You retain all of your rights in the content of the work that you create in iBooks Author. If you distribute your work in .ibooks format, it's subject to the distribution restrictions described above.

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