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MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can I send a copy of my book created using iBooks Author to my friends without going through the iBook store? It was mentioned this was possible but I haven't found any instructions on how to do this. I don't want my book available to the world

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Use the iBA menu Share / Send Via Email   ▶

  • BronwynHCarlisle Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Or use Dropbox.

  • MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks K T and BronwynHCarlisle. Both good suggestions. I did the share -> email and I got and .iBooks file to send. But the file was too large. It was over 200 megabytes. My Yahoo mail account allows up to 20 meg. So I decided to put the file on my Dropbox account. I set up a share on my folder by doing a right click on the folder and selecting share this folder. I sent the share to my friend who wanted the book.

     

    If he can download it from my Dropbox account, then he can do a double click on the file and the book should open in iBook. I haven't talked to him yet to see if it worked. I'll try to remember to update this thread and let you know if it worked.

     

    I believe what Apple should have done was allow iBook Authors a chance to set up private accounts in iBooks. Then you send your book to this account. Anyone you want to have access to this account would receive a code that would allow them access. In this way, we could use the "Publish" button to send our books directly to Apple without the Dropbox usage. Imagine a teacher putting all their study materials in their account and having their students accessing it through the teachers account code without it being exposed to the rest of the iBook store. Maybe Apple will realize this some day.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Feel free to use the iBooks Authore Feedback menu for features you'd like to see added to the application.

  • MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks K T. Good suggestion. I copied and pasted my response into the feedback application for Apple. Let's hope someone reads it and considers it. At the present time, it's too clumsy to send a book to a few people. Especially if those persons are not tech savy.

  • Eastlake Chef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Where is iBooks Author Feedback? I too am just looking to distribute my iBook to the parents, maybe ~10 - 12 of which that have iPads, of the kids in my daughters 1st Grade class. It's not meant to be a book thats circulated outside of the kids' families. I like the idea of PRIVATE distribution. When the book is finished it's going to be way too large for email, as it will likely have ~ten short 2-3 minutes videos.

  • MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Eastlake Chef.

     

    You can submit feedback to Apple to improve the iBooks Author by using this link.

     

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

  • DigitalSummitTV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can host you .ibook on your web site and allow iPad users to download from your web page and open in iBook. Seen this done already and works well for free stuff (Not sure about selling - think not allow).

  • Petr Perstnev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    (Not sure about selling - think not allow).

    You may be sure! Selling iBooks "without Apple' participation" is what iBooks Author' EULA directly forbids.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.

    and once more

    B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:

    (i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;

    (ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution.

  • MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it's very clear we should not try to get around paying Apple a percentage if we are trying to sell our iBook. But many of us have a small group of people we want to share our efforts with. That was behind my original idea of Apple setting up a private account in the iBook store. We could designate one account for free books and one for paid books. Or we could have separate accounts for different purposes. One account for Family functions, one for business operations. All geared toward easy distribution through Apple. I just don't want some of these books seen by the entire iBooks world.

     

    Under the current system, you must "Publish" the book through Apple and obtain an ISBN number for each book. Why do something like that if you wanted to record a family reunion you can distribute to everyone in the family who has an iPad?

     

    IBooks Author can be huge. But only if there is an easier way to distribute some books that are not out to make a profit and the book wanted to be in a small circulation.

  • DigitalSummitTV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes - Selling not ok but if you have free book you want to share that seems fine and much easy that email since in most cases the docs are too big docs.

  • Eastlake Chef Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey MeCurious, I think I found the work around that we small time, family sharing, copyright infringment authors can use instead of publishing to iBookstore, export file to personal website

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17365631#17365631

  • MeCourious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Chef.

     

    I thought about it but decided against it. If I started giving my iBooks away from my site, someone might find an interest in my work and decide they wanted to hire me to make an iBook of some personal event in their life. The moment I sold the book through my web site download, I would break Apple's EULA agreement. Apple would have the right to revoke my use of iBook Author. I don't want that to happen.

     

    I feel iBook Author has tremendos potential that we are only starting to scratch the surface. Any event that can be recorded is a potential for making a book about it. Superbowl parties, wedding receptions, baby showers. You name it, there is a potential in each one. So, I want to stay in Apple's good graces. I prefer Apple give us a solution. I can't imagine they thought we could email an iBook to someone. My book was only 25 pages long but with about 30 pictures and 6 videos. That took over 200 megabytes. When the average email service limits you to 20 megabytes, how did Apple feel comfortable with the email solution.

     

    Anyway, enough of my rambling. Thanks again for the suggestion.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,595 points)

    You can put the free books on any media you want: like a dvd.

     

    Try these cloud servers.

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/14-free-megaupload-alternatives/

     

    If I started giving my iBooks away from my site, someone might find an interest in my work and decide they wanted to hire me to make an iBook of some personal event in their life. The moment I sold the book through my web site download, I would break Apple's EULA agreement. Apple would have the right to revoke my use of iBook Author.

    You would make a contract with the person you are working for that they own the book not you.

     

    This is similar to you working for corporation xyz and they ask you to write a book.

     

    Of course, seek advice of a lawyer.

     

    Robert 

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