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  • 15. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    jamesfrombuellton wrote:

     

    Books must comply with all terms and conditions explained in the Guidelines for Using Apple Trademarks and Copyrights and the Apple Trademark List.

    I would check the Trademark List to see whether any of the words in there appear in your book. If so, follow the instructions at the top of that page to make sure you meet the requirements. Also check whether you have a misspelling of a trademark anywhere.

     

    This ticket process seems to be another half-baked thing. It's pretty useless to issue a ticket to a publisher that essentially says "There is something wrong with trademarks in your book", without at least mentioning the term that was found to have caused the problem or (heaven forbid) a page number. Did the URL you got in your ticket provide any additional detail?

     

    Michi.

  • 16. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    jamesfrombuellton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, Michi, that is one long list! Here is what I have now, after adding the subtitle and uploading. There is no more information that I see other than Trademarks and Trade Dress. What does "Trade Dress" mean anyway?

    Ticket Details

    • Ticket # 1264993
    • Publication
    • Pending
    • Ticket URL external link
    • Updated Apr 10, 2012

     

     

    Reasons for Opening Ticket

    Full EPUB Asset
    1. Trademarks and Trade Dress View Guidelines

     

    If you have questions regarding this ticket, contact us.

     

    Apr 10, 2012. From Apple.
    The following ticket task(s) have been updated by the feed: Full epub

     

    Apr 10, 2012. From Apple.
    Epub internals validation passed

  • 17. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    jamesfrombuellton wrote:

     

    There is no more information that I see other than Trademarks and Trade Dress. What does "Trade Dress" mean anyway?

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_dress

     

    Cheers,

     

    Michi.

  • 18. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    Edgar Level 4 Level 4 (1,170 points)

    jamesfrombuellton wrote:

     

    1. Books created with Apple's iBooks Author software and/or sold on the iBookstore should be described as a book, ebook, electronic book or interactive book, but not an ""iBook."

     

    This is exactly where Apple created a huge problem and they dodn't even realize it.

     

    Apple created a unique non-standard proprietary ebook format that can be created with only one application alone (iBooks Author). They rolled it out with big fanfare and everything and I think it is great and borderline revolutionary in the eBook universe.

     

    Problem is that these geniuses forgot to come up with a unique name for that unique format. How is that even possible. They come up with a great format and they let people create content in that format, but nobody knows what they are creating and you cannot search for those creations on the iBookstore. On top of that if you use that one application to create that format (called "iBooks Author") and call the thing what you just authored, an iBook, then you will get a timeout (in form of a ticket) if you use that term in your "I-don't-know-what-to-call-this-format" book.

     

    With all those disturbing circumstances and the fact that the whole approval mechanism is a complete disaster, I'm somewhat concerned about Apple's whole iBook business and the geniuses that are running that department.

    Is it really worth to invest time and money into that? At the moment it is not really encouraging.

     

    My status: 2nd book reached 2 month of waiting and my 1st book is way over two month now.

    (I hope the iBook censors are not the same guys that censor the forum, otherwise I'm sure I'm looking at 6 month now)

  • 19. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Edgar wrote:

     

    With all those disturbing circumstances and the fact that the whole approval mechanism is a complete disaster, I'm somewhat concerned about Apple's whole iBook business and the geniuses that are running that department.

    Is it really worth to invest time and money into that? At the moment it is not really encouraging.

    The process flaws are glaring. Anyone with even a year's experience in logistics and workflow management would know that this process isn't going to work without having to get it wrong first. It's embarrassing, really. Moreover, the poor process hurts Apple as much as the publishers. Issuing vague tickets that leave the publishers guessing just creates more work for Apple as well as the publishers, as does failure to publish clear guidelines as to what content is acceptable.

     

    Calling this process "immature" is the polite way of putting it. Calling it "incompetent" is less polite, but more accurate.

    Edgar wrote:

     

    My status: 2nd book reached 2 month of waiting and my 1st book is way over two month now.

    (I hope the iBook censors are not the same guys that censor the forum, otherwise I'm sure I'm looking at 6 month now)

    Unlikely, I would think. That would just be too petty. A more productive course of action would be to take note of the problems publishers encounter and rectify them.

     

    Michi.

  • 20. Re: Metadata issue: The Title and Subtitle is not in catalogue format."
    Edgar Level 4 Level 4 (1,170 points)


    MichiHenning wrote:

     

    Calling this process "immature" is the polite way of putting it. Calling it "incompetent" is less polite, but more accurate.

     

    Must be my German DNA. We favor accuracy over politeness.

     

    Edga Rothermich

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