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how do I publish and ibook for free without a credit card

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May 8, 2013 9:21 AM

I am working with a teacher to publish her students work to the iBooks store. We are trying to download iTunes Connect.  She has tried to use her account and keeps hitting snags.  Her account information is correct but keeps getting rejected.  So I tried the school's account that was set up without a credit card.  The account is good but my error message is the account requires a credit card.  Isn't free, free?  We are just trying to get her students' work published.  SHe has found the authoring of books very engaging to her remedial students. The project falls short at this time until we get the publishing part fixed.  So, help!



  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    iTunes Connect is not something you download.  It is the web site you go to in order to download other things, like iTunes Producer.  Is that what you cannot get?  Or something else?


    Are you using iBooks Author to create your ebooks?  If not, what?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    Apple's FAQ says a credit card is need for ID purposes.  No fees are involved.



    If that's not possible, best use an Aggregator.   There is a link for these in the FAQ.


    If you want to ask Apple for changes in their policy, that can be done via


  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    If they are not using iBooks Author to create the book, they might want to consider one of the other popular ebook stores (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Googlebooks, or Sony) or distribute directly from school server without using a store.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    Gary Baudino wrote:


    It is all about iBook author. 


    In that case, other ebook stores will not be helpful, because iBA produces a special format (.ibooks) that only the iBookstore will accept (and which can only be read on an iPad, no other device).   It can also produce .pdf format, which is usable anywhere, but does not offer the same features.


    The best way to distribute .ibooks format without a credit card would be via email attachment or putting it on a server for downloading by readers.


    For other bookstores you would normally produce in .epub format (which can be read on any device, like .pdf). iBooks Author can't do that, but the Pages app can.

  • msburke Calculating status...


    Any update?  I am having the same issue - school wanting to use iBooks Author but no credit card attached to the account.




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