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Old 01-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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iBooks Author (creation tool) grants Apple exclusive rights

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/20/apple_ibooks/

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The End User Licence Agreement, to which users consent by using the software, requires the output of iBooks Author be distributed only through Apple's retail operation - with Cupertino getting its customary 30 per cent cut - to ensure that only Apple students get the benefit of Apple's largess.

The restriction is displayed when users run iBook Author, but only at the end of the e-book design process. At which point one might be prompted to go back and read the EULA - which wasn't displayed during the installation of the program

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Old 01-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Is that just for output from the program, or does it include the words formatted with a different program as well?
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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One Mac blogger noted that the license defines a work as being created by iBook Author. If that's true, then there's no problem. No one else uses that format, so the store is pretty much the only place that files created in iBook Author can go.

The problem is that Apple still requires an ISBN to publish in the iBookstore. As long as that's the case, I'll keep going through Smashwords to get my work into that store.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #4
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From the agreement...

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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.
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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.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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iBooks Author is designed specifically to encourage the creation of multi-media textbooks for use on the iPad, though it can also create any kind of book using multi-media, from kids books to travel guides. If you want to sell the result, it's much like IOS apps, Apple wants a cut and some control on content.

OTOH, if you want to give it away, no prob.

Also, if you create the iBook for use in your high school or university course, no problem providing it to students, even if you charge a fee for the course.

And, you can output the item as a PDF for those without an iPad (though some of the multi-media bells and whistles won't work).

The software is free. You don't have to use it. The restrictions only apply to the final product made using the software, not your raw materials - i.e. raw text, images, collada 3D files, videos, etc.

You are absolutely free to repackage these same materials into a book using some other software, and sell it wherever you want.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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Something from the other side... if "Cupertino gets its customary 30% cut", doesn't that mean that the iBooks store is giving self-published authors 70% of the cover price?

It was considered a big deal when Amazon started giving authors that big of a cut... is everyone following suit these days, or is this actually a good deal for authors from Apple?
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Holly Lisle recently had a post about the topic. She has since posted a retraction citing that she had misunderstood what the EULA was referring to.

http://hollylisle.com/the-apple-iboo...JN3LfRejisaXgP

http://hollylisle.com/how-to-say-i-w...JmUU.wi4esaXgP
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