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guvapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

To get a book made by iBooks Author, into the iBookstore, a ePub format has to be "available" when applying for a iTunes account

(Able to deliver book content in EPUB format, passing the latest version of EpubCheck)

 

Does iBooks Author convert to ePub ?

 

Or is this ePub format not required when using iBooks Author?

  • 1. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    iBooks Author creates a proprietary variation on the standard epub. - Fabe

  • 3. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    guvapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

    Technical Requirements:

    • An Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.5.8 or later
    • etc...

    Content Requirements:

    • ISBNs for all titles you intend to distribute
    • Able to deliver book content in EPUB format, passing the latest version of EpubCheck

    Financial Requirements:

    etc.

     

    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)

  • 4. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    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

  • 5. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    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...

  • 6. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    guvapo wrote:

     

    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.

  • 7. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Trying to be helpful can be confusing 

  • 8. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    guvapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info

  • 9. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    ...never

  • 10. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    NikiTango Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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?

     

     

    Content Requirements:

    • 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 (?)
  • 11. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Hello Niki,

     

    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?

     

    - Fabe

  • 12. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    NikiTango Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sweety it's crystal clear!

     

    I have 2 multitouch books that I want to publish (created in iBook Author) and I don't want to use a third party company. So I had that question. I will try and get back to you. Ciao and grazie!

  • 13. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Ciao bella !

  • 14. Re: ePub conversion of a book made by iBooks Author ?
    ibookwriter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

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