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How to send book from iBooks Author to friends without using Ibook store.

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MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 30, 2012 9:14 AM

How can I send a copy of my book created using iBooks Author to my friends without going through the iBook store? It was mentioned this was possible but I haven't found any instructions on how to do this. I don't want my book available to the world

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)

    Use the iBA menu Share / Send Via Email   ▶

  • BronwynHCarlisle Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)

    Feel free to use the iBooks Authore Feedback menu for features you'd like to see added to the application.

  • Eastlake Chef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Where is iBooks Author Feedback? I too am just looking to distribute my iBook to the parents, maybe ~10 - 12 of which that have iPads, of the kids in my daughters 1st Grade class. It's not meant to be a book thats circulated outside of the kids' families. I like the idea of PRIVATE distribution. When the book is finished it's going to be way too large for email, as it will likely have ~ten short 2-3 minutes videos.

  • DigitalSummitTV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can host you .ibook on your web site and allow iPad users to download from your web page and open in iBook. Seen this done already and works well for free stuff (Not sure about selling - think not allow).

  • Petr Perstnev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    (Not sure about selling - think not allow).

    You may be sure! Selling iBooks "without Apple' participation" is what iBooks Author' EULA directly forbids.


    If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.

    and once more

    B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:

    (i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;

    (ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution.

  • DigitalSummitTV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes - Selling not ok but if you have free book you want to share that seems fine and much easy that email since in most cases the docs are too big docs.

  • Eastlake Chef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey MeCurious, I think I found the work around that we small time, family sharing, copyright infringment authors can use instead of publishing to iBookstore, export file to personal website


  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,155 points)

    You can put the free books on any media you want: like a dvd.


    Try these cloud servers.


    If I started giving my iBooks away from my site, someone might find an interest in my work and decide they wanted to hire me to make an iBook of some personal event in their life. The moment I sold the book through my web site download, I would break Apple's EULA agreement. Apple would have the right to revoke my use of iBook Author.

    You would make a contract with the person you are working for that they own the book not you.


    This is similar to you working for corporation xyz and they ask you to write a book.


    Of course, seek advice of a lawyer.



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