11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 5:05 AM by Tom Gewecke
wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My office at work has created a very useful public domain guidebook called "The Performance Improvement Guide". I have the edited 1.77 MB pdf and would like to see it available on i-books for free. I've attempted to figure the submission process out myself and have determined that I need some help moving forward. Can someone describe the process or even be willing to submitt this book for me? I'm happy to learn and do it myself if someone can guide me. The pdf is posted on our office website at  http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg095/cg09541/docs/5th%20edition%20PIG.pdf


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    The iBookstore does not accept PDF, only EPUB.  If you keep it PDF, you will have to distribute it yourself or via some other store.

  • 2. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I understand that which is why I ran it through an epub converter. When I try to open the file, it looks like it wants to open with i-tunes producer but really doesn't so I don't know how it looks.

  • 3. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    wrigjef wrote:

     

    When I try to open the file,

     

    You need to use an app which reads epub.  Email it to your iOS device and use iBooks.  Or on your OS X device, download something like Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions (or others you can find via google).

  • 4. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks that worked. I emailed it to my ipad and was able to open it in i-books. Now I just need to figure out how to submitt this file to the i-book store.

  • 5. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    wrigjef wrote:

     

    Now I just need to figure out how to submitt this file to the i-book store.

     

    You just sign up at iTunes connect and go through all their procedures or use an aggregator.

     

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-providers/book-faq.html

  • 6. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Paging through the book it looks like the conversion really changed quite a bit of the formatting. To the point that it looks to bad to publish. That and the wonderware converter I used left a pretty heavy watermark on all the pages. Not sure where to go from here.

  • 7. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    PDF is always the worst format to convert to anything else.  PDF is itself designed to be the end of the road for reading and printing.  To create epub you should move the content via copy/paste or similar operation into an app like Pages or InDesign where you can edit the result and export to epub.   Or perhaps you could use an aggregator service which specializes in this kind of work.  Apple has a recommended list

     

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  • 8. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Really thought smashwords was going to be the answer but then I noticed that they don't accept books for the public domain. Not sure what the next step is. I know you can open pdf's in i-books and they look great it would be cool if they would just accept a pdf then make it available to share in the i-book store.

     

    Maybe I need to look at getting a copy of pages then spending awhile editing before exporting e-pub then do the i-tunes connect thing. Does that sound like it would work? Actually before I go to that effort, I need to make sure that the i-books store and i-tunes connect will even accept a book for the public domain.

  • 9. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    wrigjef wrote:

     

    I need to make sure that the i-books store and i-tunes connect will even accept a book for the public domain.

     

    Yes.  Most bookstores only accept things from the original author.  I don't know if that is the case for the ibookstore or not.

  • 10. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    wrigjef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Anyone know how to contact i-books support to ask this question and get advice? I've searched the help pages and can't find an answer nor can I find an appropriate link to contact them directly.

  • 11. Re: How do I submit edited pdf to i-books?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    Here are some things you could try:

     

    ebookquery@apple.com

     

    ibookstore@apple.com

     

     

    Global Phone Support

     

     

    We have expanded English-language publisher phone support. To make contacting the iBookstore support even easier, new local phone numbers are now available for Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the U.K. Support is available Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT).

    Country     Phone Number

    Australia     1300 307 504

    Note that this is a low tariff number.

    France     0805 540 117

    Germany     0800 664 5307

    Italy     800 915 902

    Netherlands     0800 0201 578

    Spain     900 812 687

    U.K.     0800 975 0615

    U.S.     +1 (877) 206-2092