No converters have surfaced yet that I know of.
My advice is to not master in iBA. Use Pages, calibre, etc. and then work on an iBA version downstream.
Not sure where you learned that an epub formatted file is needed to apply, sorry. It wasn't that way for me (paid account) when I came in last year.
As always, feel free to use iBA's Feedback menu for features you'd like to see in the future.
I cite from the requirements when applying for an (paid) account :
The requirements to work directly with Apple are listed below. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you can work with an Apple-approved aggregator instead. Aggregators are third parties that can help you meet technical requirements, deliver and manage your content, and assist with marketing efforts.
- An Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.5.8 or later
- ISBNs for all titles you intend to distribute
- Able to deliver book content in EPUB format, passing the latest version of EpubCheck
BTW : what do you mean by "My advice is to not master in iBA. Use Pages, calibre, etc. and then work on an iBA version downstream." Could you explain ? (I work with InDesign)
guvapo - You can get two versions of books into the Apple iBookstore. One is a standard epub, like the ones you create in InDesign. The second way is to create a book using IBooks Author (iBA). iBA is an Apple proprietary epub format labeled with the extension .ibook.
AmI addressing your questions? - Fabe
Those are requirements _after_ you are accepted into the program....not for applying. You only need to supply pertinent info and at least one ISBN-13 to apply.
After you are accepted, you will have access to iTunes Producer, which works with iBooks Author and/or a qualified file in e-pub format.
>I work with InDesign
As long as you can output to a verifiable e-pub format, that's fine too.
I'm confused tho, as you originally asked "Does iBooks Author convert to ePub...?" That made it sound like you're using iBA...
To get a book made by iBooks Author, into the iBookstore, a ePub format has to be "available" when applying for a iTunes account
No, you don't need that. The format created by iBooks Author, called .ibooks, is just fine, countless people have already done it. .ibooks can only be read on an iPad, while .epub can be read on other devices as well.
Hello dears ths is Niki.
So what about this? Can you explain why they have it as a requirement, since we can apply without it?
- ISBNs for all titles you intend to distribute (ok with this)
- Able to deliver book content in EPUB format, passing the latest version of EpubCheck (?)
It's all seems a bit confusing doesn't it? Here's my explanation ... Historically, to add a book to the Apple iBookstore, the file needed to be in epub format and pass a valadition check. So, we all learned how to do that. Now, Apple has added a new format, .ibook. To make books in this format all you do is create a book using iBook Author. There is no need to convert ibooks made in iBooks Author into epub. They meet Apple's specifications. In fact, ibook is a type of epub.
So now we all have to ways to get books into the Apple iBookstore: epub AND iBook Author.
Clear as mud?
I just ran into this post and had a related question, if anyone can help. When you publish an iBook, Apple requires a sample book in addition to the iBook, and I could not upload the sample book in iBook format. It only seems to accept .epubs. Does anyone know how to get the iBook sample uploaded or how to convert to .pub within iBooks author.