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How can you sell an ibook for free without an isbn?

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liles13 Calculating status...
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Apr 27, 2012 8:05 PM

So here's my issue:

 

I want to eventually sell iBooks that I create using iBooks author. However, until I get the hang of it, I would like to publish a few for free. I signed up to be an offical iBooks author through iTunes, and was granted the permissions to get into iTunes Connect. It asked me if I wanted to make books for free, or if I wanted to make books to sell for a price. It also said that you should pick the latter should I want to sell a few for free to start and then move up to selling for a price. I also read that you do not need to purchase an ISBN for books you plan on selling for free.

 

I then spent several months working on my first iBook and I'm ready to publish to the store. I'm then required to download iTunes producer. Once that's installed, it says I need a ISBN even if I'm offering the book for free.

 

What gives?

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 8:11 PM (in response to liles13)

    Free books, via a 'free books account' aren't 'sold' and to do only that, in that context does not require an iSBN-13. It doesn't sound like that's the account you signed up for.

     

    If you have a paid iBooks account, you can price a book for zero, give it away for 'free' (I think), but that process still requires an ISBN-13.

     

    Again, selling, at any price, via a paid account, even if that price is 000.00, requires an ISBN-13.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 8:35 PM (in response to liles13)

    How you price a book is your decision. Work with the process or don't - you're free to choose

     

    Create another account for free books and go nuts - just stop vilifying Apple like they hunted you down and forced you into something you don't want to do. You have choices...use them.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 8:38 PM (in response to liles13)

    No, I don't. No where does it say you can sell for zero with a paid account and no ISBN.

     

    As always, feel free to use the 'Provide iBooks Author Feedback' menu item for features you'd like added in the future, etc.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ibooks-author.html

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 8:39 PM (in response to liles13)

    And yet others have both...

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to K T)

    Create another account for free books and go nuts - just stop vilifying Apple like they hunted you down and forced you into something you don't want to do. You have choices...use them.

    Like yourself, the OP is entitled to his/her opinion.

     

    I do not recall the OP villifying Apple.

     

    K T, I have no doubt that many people appreciate the help you offer here in this forum. I am also sure that they would appreciate your help even more if you were to refrain from telling them how to behave.

     

    And, my personal opinion on the matter: Apple have a bug in their process because it doesn't make sense to require an ISBN for a free book, especially seeing that Apple state that no ISBN is needed for free books. At the very least, supplying an ISBN should be optional for free books.

     

    Michi.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)

    Get a room...

     

    And stop complaining about the process. It exists for a reason. Just because we're not privy to the details doesn't mean it lacks cause.

  • fmlogue Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:15 PM (in response to liles13)

    KT stop being an ***.  This is a legitimate question which is not unambiguously answered anywhere I can find in Apple's FAQ.  If I want to keep my options open concerning selling iBooks made with iBook Author, but I know that I want to offer free books at this time, and if I then get a paid book account, do I also, in this case, have to pay $125 or so for an ISBN number for these free books I am offering?  If that is the case, can I have both a free book account and a paid book account so I don't have to buy an ISBN number for my free books but I will still be able to make and offer books for sale in the future.  This is an important question that a lot of us need an answer to.

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:04 PM (in response to K T)

    Yes, there is a reason, I completely agree with that. The reason is that Apple ballsed it up.

     

    But I have no doubt that you will continue to assure eveeryone around here that Apple can do no wrong.

     

    MIchi.

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