Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 6:32 PM (in response to bookarts)
It turned out to be as simple as deleting iTunes Producer, then downloading the most recent version. The old version worked well enough with iBooks Author to upload the actual book, but not the preview. Go figure. Unlike most Apple software, I don't seem to get any sort of notification if there is a newer version of iTunes Producer. Now I am just waiting to see when and if my book is accepted and appears on the iBooks store.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to bookarts)
What is the latest version? I only saw 2.5.1 and I didn't even see a place called "Publication Preview" to drag the imsp file into.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to limtc)
In the latest version of iTunes Producer, the box says "Upload Publication Preview" and it's right next to the box for the book itself. In the older version, it said something like "Optional Preview". It was still next to the box for the book itself, but the spot for the cover was also on that page. When you hit publish in iBooks Author, it will automatically open iTunes Producer and put the book in there for you, but you have to select the preview yourself.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 9:36 AM (in response to bookarts)
I don't know if it is a bug but I cannot find any box that says "Upload Publication Preview". No matter what I have done - delete iTunes produces, update iTunes, reinstall etc. etc. there is no such box and hence the book stays in limbo. Any advice on where this mysterious box is to be found would be appreciated.
Note: It is not in the Assets section of iTunes Producer. There is only one box with Upload Publication.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to David meme)
I don't know what to say, because for me it is indeed in the assets section (in both the older version I had and the new one I downloaded), so I don't know why it wouldn't be there for other people. I would contact Apple support if your program doesn't give you a way to upload the required file. It could be a different version of the software because of which OS you are using or what country you are in, but I just don't know.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 9:50 AM (in response to bookarts)
I'll try a complete wipe of the application and its preference data in the library to see it that wakes up iTunes Producer to allow me to make the change.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to bookarts)
Ok, I am not sure but it looks like in the free version there is no publication sample required as outlined in the iTunes Producer manual.
Have uploaded and now wait and see what happens... if anything...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to bookarts)
I also cannot drag the sample book book to the sample area. Apple makes making the book easy but getting it onto iTunes very difficult
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 6:19 PM (in response to bookarts)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 6:20 PM (in response to David meme)
No matter what I do, I always end up verification/deliver success... then nothing. Check status and it says "Import Error".
I am close to give up this iBookstore thing! I just wanted to upload a free book!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 4:50 PM (in response to bookarts)
I finally got my package uploaded but have the same message in iTunes Connect about needing the preview. I don't have a clue what the preview is and can't find anything about it in Help or anywhere! Frustrating. Here is the screenshot of what I have, but I don't know what to put in the preview box. I have the screenshot pic and finally got it the right size, but the upload kept erroring out until I got it This is version 2.5.1
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to johnfromsandusky)
For the preview, when you have your book open in iBooks Author, go to the File Menu and select duplicate. This will create a duplicate copy of your book. You may want to rename it. On the second copy, decide what pages you want to include in the preview/sample book, and delete all the other pages. Once you've saved the shorter version, go to the file menu and select export. This will bring up a window, where you should make sure you've clicked on iBooks for the export type. Then it will ask you to name and save it.
Once you've done that, open the iTunes Producer file with all your book information, and find the box for the preview version and then navigate to the new file and add that. Then when you upload your book, it should include both the full book and the preview version.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 5:01 PM (in response to johnfromsandusky)
Is this a free book or a paid version you are creating? Maybe that explains why the panel is missing a preview in freebooks?
Or create the preview *version* you need to do that in iBooks Author.
But there is definitely something strange about the iTunes Content thingy...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 8:14 PM (in response to bookarts)
Did exactly as directed. Re-delivered sucessfully, and ibooks still doesn't show that the preview is uploaded. I'll see if it shows up later.
David: I created a paid version of a book.