My post record on here will show I am one of a group of despondent 'authors" who have had real problems trying to meet Apples iBookstore requirements.
So why did I have so much trouble and aggravation in getting a photo book accepted into the store.
I say "did" because I have just had an email to advise a book I submitted 5 days ago is now in the store!
My experience is with photo books. I am no Stephen King and have no abitions to write a text only book.
I have had eight books getting tickets for a variety of faults such as images the wrong size, using the word iBooks (copyright!) and mentioning prices.
Actually it was a free book and I had asked anybody using any of my images to make a donation to a ceratin charity.
The others were, no content in portrait mode and and "Lack of functionality", which I found very confusing and still do.
Apple are (seemingly) unable to comprehend simple Photo / picture books.
Functionality is enhanced by inserting a galley or slide show or apparently any widget. Why that would "enhance" a photo book beats me.
I have followed many threads here about picture sizes and resolution and being a photogarphy enthusiast, considered I knew how to size and manipulate images. So having complied I still got emails telling me that my book as a ticket which advises image sizes are not acceptable.
I started a new book, first I gathered all the images into a folder, split the landscape and portrait pix into a separate folder each, then using Adobe PS I batched processed for 1024 x 768 and 768 x 1024 resolution was set at 72ppi. I will worry about Retina if I get a complaint from Apple !
I used the linked text standard Chapeter and section pages but the others were all Blank pages and any text was inserted using the text box option.
Despite my disagreement about widgets, I inserted a photo gallery of just five pics as a token offering.
having tidied up teh contents where needed, I rechecked everything again. I found and used the Proofreader to point out any errors.. a wagon load of double spaces between words and spell checks later and that appereared complete.
I then created "screen shots" these again have to meet the picture sizes required by Apple. Finally the a screenshot of the book front cover.
In case you missed it - as of August this year the photo image of your book cover page needs to be 1400 pixels across the shortest side, which seems to be the normal width. having got the copy into Adobe Fireworks I simply resized the width to 1400px and let the height sort itself out.
This is for the iBook store icons and requested by iTunes Producer during the delivery process - NOT the title page in your book.
Taking info from another post here, I made a copy of the book files from iBA and changed the suffix to .zip and opened the file. I opened the images folder, if you do any web site building, you will see that in fact iBA is akin to a website and used HTML and CSS in the build process.
Checking the images, all the sizes were well below the 2 megapixel stipulated. I did find that using the Inspector in iBA, I can check and alter images sizes.
Today, I found that having got hacked off with iBA and deleted all the ticketed books and iTunes Producer files - having found a copy I stached away on an external HDD, by using the metadata option in iTunes Producer and typing in the Apple ID number for the book.. it brings up all the entries and simply needs the new book files adding. If you moved folders or whatever, reload screenshots and Cover page images and submit.
On Delivery any found errors are notified and need correcting and replace the book file with the newly amended one.
There must be a lot I have yet to find in iBA but the above relates to my recent experience. maybe the second book corected and delivered today will be as lucky.. or as correctly formatted as the one now in the store.
I do think Apple could have saved a fortune on staff salary and support for iBA simply by making a full manual and not assuming users will be smart enough to find every little hidden gem.
BUT.. as my wife just said as she brought in my morning cuppa.... " not much point Apple doing a manual.. men don't read them".