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cashbanka
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cashbanka,
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4/3/2014 | 8:55:56 AM
re: Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
Last week I have found another great app for Mac App Store that show deals at iBook Store, you can check which books are on sale right now. It's called Book Deals, website: http://www.bookdeals.me. But I couldn't find category for authors.
Steve G.
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3/15/2012 | 11:51:11 PM
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::If you don't want to be stuck selling through Apple's channels, do not use their (free) software for pre-press assembly.::

Actually, that's exactly the point. A) You're not going to publish through Apple without using their software. B) If you use the Apple software, the license restricts you from ever proceeding through another venue.

Nobody is arguing that you can't use other distribution channels from the start. The problem is that, once you use Apple's software, you can NEVER use another distribution channel for that particular work. There is no backing out and retyping everything in another word processor and publishing it through another company. The way the license is written, once you put that creative work in Apples software you can only distribute it through them. Ever.

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1/24/2012 | 8:16:08 PM
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Great article! This is one of the best written articles I've seen on this site in some time. Thank you.

For what it's worth, I think that the ad creation tool in AdSense has similar restrictions as iAds. It's been a while since I read the EULA for that so I could be wrong.
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1/22/2012 | 7:48:30 PM
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This is not what I expect from the BYTE brand. I used to be a passionate reader and fan of BYTE, when it was in print, but this new media version pales in comparison. This article is a confusing mish-mash of other people's analysis and opinion - a meta-review? Not to mention, the first sentence shows either a) extremely poor editing, b) the writer' lacks knowledge of the subject matter, or c) an attempt at sarcasm that misses the mark - DRM is the acronym for Digital Rights Management, not Digital Restriction Management.

Not to mention, it's conclusion has no support in the real world. Perhaps cherry-picking other people's negative comments could be a little more balanced with some FACTS?

Disappointed so far...

dwmillar
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JLIN000,
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1/22/2012 | 12:52:39 PM
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Hmm no, Steve G, *YOU* are wrong.

I read iBooks Author's EULA and it only prohibits work "generated" by the program to be sold outside of iBooks store. The EULA clearly uses the word "generate". There is NO wording that says the "contents" of your Ebooks (e.g. text, pictures, etc) cannot be sold anywhere else. That means you can create eBooks of the same contents using other authoring tools and sell them outside of iBooks store. The EULA simply prohibits files "generated" by iBooks Author be sold outside of iBooks Store.

Also your Microsoft Word analogy is dumb because Word is NOT a free program. You have to pay to for the software so naturally you would not want any restriction on what you can do with files you created using Word.

On the other hand, iBooks Author is a *FREE* program designed specifically to create and publish eBooks to the iBooks store.

Apple is not obligated to provide you a *FREE* authoring tool so you can use it to produce eBook files to be sold on other platforms. Why should Apple do that? Does Adobe provide InDesign for free? Does Microsoft provide Word for free? NO.

Since you can submit standard EPUB files to iBooks store, you DO NOT need to use iBooks Author. You can use Adobe InDesign or even Apple's Page to create EPUB files but those programs are not free.

Once again, you DO NOT need to use iBooks Author to create eBooks to be sold in iBooks store. And please don't mention how Word or Photoshop do not restrict on what you can do with files created. Those are NOT FREE programs.
Benny588
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1/22/2012 | 12:43:11 PM
re: Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
This is not unprecedented, you are just twisting it so. iBooks is an extension their service, much like BookSmart is to Blurb.com. In fact its very common, but many times the app is web based.

"Apple may refuse to sell electronic textbooks created with its software" And so they should, thats what publishers do. Separate the wheat from the chaff, sounds like good business.

It simple. If your smart, and your content is worthwhile, Just say yes!
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1/22/2012 | 11:40:07 AM
re: Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
Maybe Apple does not want trash published on their site. You should stick to the old tree killing methods.
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1/21/2012 | 7:32:04 PM
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News Flash: ALL publishers have exclusivity agreements with authors, so no one should have any of their works published by others. Instead, all authors should buy their own printing presses or Internet servers, and set up their own marketing and distribution companies, so that they are not under the thumb of publishers. (Sarcasm alert ;-))
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1/21/2012 | 5:34:08 PM
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There are several things not being understood here. First is that the largest publisher and seller of e-books is Amazon. Amazon's format is completely propriatary. Understand that. Yet, it doesn't stop publishers from publishing using other formats for other sellers like Apple and Barnes & Noble.

In addition, we have various app stores, each using their own formats and development tools.

In this case, Apple's program is called iBook Author. It's clearly labeled. The purpose is to publish books to sell in Apple's iBook Store. But Apple does allow the material to be published elsewhere if given away for free. That's more than Amazon allows.

If other software is used, then authors can publish their books through that, and sell them. Right now, they won't be as good that way, but it can be done. After all all the material for these books is produced outside of Apple's program. It's just put together there, and uses the features to allow special functions.

Adobe has their program for something similar, and it's also propriatary. But Adobe has no way to publish or sell those books.
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1/21/2012 | 10:23:00 AM
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Actually, Steve, if I want to publish my book elsewhere, my creative property is still my own to do so...however I must use a different tool to assemble it (like InDesign) and I actually thought that was clear in the little blurb I read about iBooks Author on Apple's website, not buried under mountains of EULA.

If you don't want to be stuck selling through Apple's channels, do not use their (free) software for pre-press assembly. While unprecedented I understand why they are doing this (from a business perspective) it is about creating and / or preserving an "eco" system.

It is not much different than something like Webs.com that give you free website authoring tools to use to create your website on their servers. It probably would have been more accurate to public perception had iAuthor been a component of iBooks 2 rather than a stand alone application or as this article suggested, that it only create output in a proprietary format that only iBooks understands. One can only hope that after Apple has recouped R&D costs they will allow multiple format exports and open sales venues for content created with iAuthor.

Using Word as an example of this is actually quite humorous. Despite the fact that people could always save as out of Word and send their documents to other people who may not have the latest version of Word, most people I've worked with (who are intelligent business people) could never figure out how to do that. The answer to not knowing which VERSION of Word to email your document to? Why, make sure everyone in the company always had the latest and greatest most up to date version of Word. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt kept people in the Windows / Office lock cycle.

Kind of like trying to convince people your operating system would no longer even work if web browser was not bundled with it...
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