By Jason D. A lot of people are up-in-arms over Apple's license agreement for iBooks Author. It's been called everything every superlative in the book from mind-bogglingly greedy , to unprecedentedly audacious , to -- my personal favorite -- crazy evil. Somehow I don't think that the iBooks Author team got together and settled on "let's be crazy evil" as their team slogan. Apple Legal maybe, but not the developers.
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Subscriber Account active since. Associated Press In addition to announcing new textbooks for iPad, Apple also released a new free Mac App that lets you create and publish your own books for sale in the iBooks store.
It's called iBooks Author. However, if you offer your book for free in the iBooks store, then you can distribute it for free anywhere else you want. I took this screen grab from the Mac App Store :. Why is this such a big deal? Wineman provided the best analogy for Apple's decision to control how you sell books made with its app:.
Scary stuff. And you know it's really, really bad when John Gruber smashes Apple for the decision :. This is Apple at its worst. So Apple is providing you with a free tool that will help you sell your work through their own store. But even though it's your creation, Apple claims ownership over it simply because you used its app to make it. This also ties into Jay's point that not everyone wants to be stuck in Apple's world.
It's in an author's best interest to sell work on as many platforms as possible. For example, Amazon makes it very easy to self publish through Kindle. But if you make your book using iBook Author and sell through iBooks first, you're stuck in Apple's ecosystem and missing the opportunity to reach out to millions of others using non-Apple devices.
Kindle is available on just about every major smartphone and tablet. And what if you want out of Apple's system? It looks like you need to somehow get in touch with the company and work out a separate agreement. Good luck with that.
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Publish and sell books with iBooks Author
As originally written, the agreement required any book created with Apple's iBook Author software to be sold through Apple. That set off a powder keg of controversy, as authors and publishers protested that Apple was trying to control the content they created. I no more want to restrict my sales to their store than I want to restrict them on Amazon or anywhere else. Not that there's anything you can do but sell a book in that format through the Apple's iBookstore.
Is Apple’s Dismal iBooks Author Software License Even Enforceable?
The original wording stated that authors would only be able to sell books created in iBooks Author in Apple's iBookstore. The broadness of the terms made it appear Apple was claiming ownership of the content generated in iBooks Author. With the 1. 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: if your Work is provided for free at no charge , you may distribute the Work by any available means. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, works generated using iBooks Author may be distributed as follows: i if the work is provided for free at no charge , you may distribute it by any means; ii if the work is provided for a fee including as part of any subscription-based product or service and includes files in the. You retain all your rights in the content of your works, and you may distribute such content by any means when it does not include files in the.
Apple updates iBooks Author EULA terms to address content ownership concerns
Apple on Friday rolled out a minor update to iBooks Author , its new tool for creating interactive ebooks. Though the 1. Since iBooks Author can also be used to create text or PDF versions of a work, the original incarnation of the EULA could have implied that documents in those formats would be subject to the same terms. But the rule for. The original terms of the iBooks Author license agreement were the subject of much dispute, with some suggesting that it signaled nefarious lock-in practices by Apple, and others arguing that the terms were not unreasonable, given that Apple had made the tool for producing these interactive ebooks freely available.