I am coming up against an issue that I wish I had known about before investing my time in iBooks Author and that is the the apparant inability to create our picture book and not give away the plot of the entire book on the second page in the TOC that shows all the pictures (our pages) for our book. My question is, has anyone been able to eliminate the TOC with the row of pictures at the bottom of the TOC for your picture book and still get your book published? If so, can you tell me your title so I can see it? Thanks!
OK, here is what I did for our children's picture book...I crafted the whole thing in iBA with bells & whistles but just before submitting I read a report of a study by the Joan Ganz Institute about retention rates for ebooks. Turns out there is a 40% LOSS in retention when a story is told where a child taps, pulls, etc or otherwise is distracted when reading or having the book read to them. They remember where to tap or press for an effect but don't really connect with what the story is saying.
So, I gutted all the extras and did a simple text version (text on full page photos) so it is just a regular old picture book but presented as an eBook. I then found it easier to do a picture book in Book Creator. I used Book Baby to submit to a slew of stores and then subbmited my book to iBookstore myself. This was on Friday at 6am. When I returned Friday eve, the book was availlable for sale in 32 territories. The coveted green light in one day. I thought it was a mistake but there it is in the iBookstore. I'm thinking that because I kept it so simple I avoided all the stop signs. As I have 6 of these in this series, I think I will do them all as read only books and then do a few apps with similar content.